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Open Access for Research Impact: OA News & Developments

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Plan S

Plan S aims for full and immediate Open Access to publications from publicly funded research. The coalition of research funders that have committed to implement Plan S, known as cOAlition S, therefore calls for a definitive shift towards new models of academic publishing. cOAlition S aims to accelerate the transition to a scholarly publishing system that is characterised by immediate, free online access to, and largely unrestricted use and re-use of scholarly publications.

cOAlition S recognises that research funders, institutions, researchers, learned societies, librarians, and publishers must work together towards a system of scholarly publishing that is more accessible, efficient, fair, and transparent. cOAlition S will also promote a culture that ensures that young scholars have opportunities to excel and advance their careers.

There are three main roads for Plan S compliance:

- Publication in Open Access Journals or Platforms
- Deposit of Versions of Record (VoR) or Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM) in Open Access repositories without embargo (CC BY, CC BY SA, or CC BY SA ND on a case by case basis)
- Publication in ‘hybrid’ journals (i.e. open access within a subscription journal) only under transformative agreements

For more information please see the following guidance document:

LIBER's 5 Open Access principles for negotiations with publishers

LIBER, Europe’s leading association of research libraries, has produced five principles for libraries to use when conducting Open Access negotiations with publishers:

  1. Licensing and Open Access go Hand-in-Hand
  2. No Open Access, No Price Increase
  3. Transparency for Licensing Deals: No Non-Disclosure
  4. Keep Access Sustainable 
  5. Usage Reports Should Include Open Access

OA negotiations with publishers

Fair Open Access Principles

The Fair Open Access Alliance includes members such as Open Library of Humanities, MathOA, and the Center for Open Science and aims "to help transform the conventions of scholarly publishing, and return control of the publication process to the scholarly community". The Alliance has published a set of Fair Open Access Principles to provide guidance on open access publishing.

1. The journal has a transparent ownership structure, and is controlled by and responsive to the scholarly community.

2. Authors of articles in the journal retain copyright.

3. All articles are published open access and an explicit open access licence is used.
Submission and publication is not conditional in any way on the payment of a fee from the author or its employing institution, or on membership of an institution or society.

4. Any fees paid on behalf of the journal to publishers are low, transparent, and in proportion to the work carried out.

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