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12 Jul 2018

EC and RFOs develop "Plan S" for Open Access

A group of heads of national research funding organisations (RFOs), together with Robert-Jan Smits, the EC's Seionar Advisor on Open Access at the European Political Strategy Centre, and Science Europe (a Brussels-based association of European Research Funding Organisations (RFO) and Research Performing Organisations (RPO)) have developed a so-called "Plan S". The plan aims at facilitating a decisive advance towards the Open Access of scholarly publishing by 2020. The plan foresees that from 1 January 2020, all scholarly publications resulting from public research funding must be published in Open Access journals or on Open Access platforms.

The plan was discussed at a meeting between Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and Marc Schiltz, President of Science Europe, at the European Open Science Forum (ESOF) on 20 July 2018 in Toulouse, France. Commissioner Moedas stated that "All EU Member States are committed to making all publicly funded research Open Access by 2020, but we need to accelerate progress towards this objective. I therefore very much welcome this initiative by national research funders and Science Europe to work together with the European Commission to move forward collectively".

Science Europe states that the details of ‘Plan S’ are being finalised following the meeting, and will be publicly released when ready.

For more information:

Science Europe Communication on ‘Plan S’

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