Plan S

Plan S is an initiative for Open Access publishing that was launched in September 2018. The plan is supported by cOAlition S, an international consortium of research funders. Plan S requires that, from 2021, scientific publications that result from research funded by public grants must be published in compliant Open Access journals or platforms. Read more from cOALition S.

While the Open Access and Open Science debate is largely a settled one, reactions from the research community and publishers to Plan S have been mixed. This is a short bibliography of articles from academic journals from 2019, most of which are accessible, offering contemporary commentary, explanations and interpretations of Plan S. Follow the links to article content.

Brainard, Jeffrey. 2019a. “Facing Plan S, Publishers May Set Papers Free.” Science 364(6441):620–620.

Brainard, Jeffrey. 2019b. “Scientific Societies Worry about Threat from Plan S.” Science 363(6425):332–33.

Dal‐Ré, Rafael. 2019. “Plan S: Funders Are Committed to Open Access to Scientific Publication.” European Journal of Clinical Investigation 49(6):e13100.

von Eckardstein, Arnold. 2019. “Implications of Europe’s Plan S for Atherosclerosis.” Atherosclerosis 280:202–3.

Eddy, Tyler D. 2019. “Plan S: Motivations of for-Profit Publishers” edited by J. Sills. Science 363(6426):462.2-462.

Granshaw, Stuart I. 2019. “Open Data, the Fourth Paradigm and Plan S.” The Photogrammetric Record 34(165):6–10.

Green, Toby. 2019. “Is Open Access Affordable? Why Current Models Do Not Work and Why We Need Internet-Era Transformation of Scholarly Communications.” Learned Publishing 32(1):13–25.

Guzik, Tomasz J. and Amrita Ahluwalia. 2019. “Plan S: In Service or Disservice to Society?” European Heart Journal 40(12):949–52.

Guzik, Tomasz J. and Amrita Ahluwalia. 2019. “Plan S: In Service or Disservice to Society?” British Journal of Pharmacology 176(6):753–56.

Haug, Charlotte J. 2019. “No Free Lunch — What Price Plan S for Scientific Publishing?” edited by D. Malina. New England Journal of Medicine 380(12):1181–85.

Hawkes, Nigel. 2019. “Open Access Publishing under Plan S to Start in 2021.” BMJ l2382.

Herwald, Heiko. 2019. “Plan S Und Der Tellerrand.” Nachrichten Aus Der Chemie 67(4):3–3.

Jackson, Sarah. 2019. “Free Access to Scientific Publications: Contrasting the JCI Approach to Plan S.” Journal of Clinical Investigation 129(2):440–41.

Johnson, Rob. 2019. “From Coalition to Commons: Plan S and the Future of Scholarly Communication.” Insights the UKSG Journal 32.

Khoo, Shaun Yon-Seng. 2019. “Article Processing Charge Hyperinflation and Price Insensitivity: An Open Access Sequel to the Serials Crisis.” LIBER Quarterly 29(1):1.

Kiley, Robert. 2019. “Plan S: The Final Cut—response from COAlition S.” The Lancet 394(10192):28.

Kowaltowski, Alicia J. and Marcus F. Oliveira. 2019. “Plan S: Unrealistic Capped Fee Structure” edited by J. Sills. Science 363(6426):461.1-461.

Laccourreye, O. and H. Maisonneuve. 2019. “Plan S!” European Annals of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Diseases. In Press 26 April 2019.

Machovec, George. 2019. “Publish and Read Mandates May Change the Future of Journal Publishing.” Journal of Library Administration 59(3):325–33.

Mann, Douglas L. 2019. “What Are the Off-Target Effects of Plan ‘S’ For Translational Investigators?” JACC: Basic to Translational Science 4(1):132–33.

Martínez-Galindo, Francisco Jesús, Francisco Rubio, Javier Hernández-San-Miguel, and Sergio Fernández Burguete. 2019. “Plan S: Challenges and Opportunities in Spain.” Insights the UKSG Journal 32.

McNutt, Marcia. 2019a. “Opinion: ‘Plan S’ Falls Short for Society Publishers—and for the Researchers They Serve.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116(7):2400–2403.

McNutt, Marcia. 2019b. “Reply to Kiley and Smits: Meeting Plan S’s Goal of Maximizing Access to Research.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116(13):5861–5861.

Mills, Michael. 2019. “Plan S – What Is Its Meaning for Open Access Journals and for the JACMP ?” Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics 20(3):4–6.

Purton, Mary, Francesco Michelangeli, and László Fésüs. 2019. “Will Plan S Put Learned Societies in Jeopardy?” FEBS Letters 593(4):383–85.

Rabesandratana, Tania. 2019. “Radical Open-Access Plan Is Delayed a Year.” Science 364(6444):919–919.

Sayre, Steve and Steven Ottogalli. 2019. “Plan S: What Does It Mean for Authors and Researchers?” Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 17(5):247–247.

Shrier, Ian and Christopher Schmid. 2019. “Plan S: Overlooked Hybrid Journal Model” edited by J. Sills. Science 363(6426):461.2-462.

Spedding, Michael, James Barrett, Edward T. Morgan, Mary Vore, Dominic Geraghty, Carl Kirkpatrick, and Ingolf Cascorbi. 2019. “Plan S: A Threat to Quality of Science?” edited by J. Sills. Science 363(6426):462.1-462.

Tennant, Jonathan P. and Dean R. Lomax. 2019. “An Overview of Open Access Publishing in Palaeontology.” Palaeontologia Electronica 22(2).

The Lancet Group. 2019. “Plan S: The Final Cut.” The Lancet 393(10188):2276.

Tofield, Andros. 2019. “The COALition S and Plan S: Explained.” European Heart Journal 40(12):952–53.

Walton, D. W. H. 2019. “Scientific Publishing and Plan S.” Antarctic Science 31(1):1–1.

Watson, Roger and Mark Hayter. 2019. “Time to Plan for Plan S.” Nursing Open 6(2):206–7.


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