Plan S, announced in 2018, is an open-access initiative of cOAlition S. A group of 10 European research funders, supported by the European Commission and the European Research Council, released plans to mandate a move to full, immediate Open Access for all of their funded research articles by January 1, 2020.
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Plan S has one target:
"With effect from 2021, all scholarly publications on the results from research funded by public or private grants provided by national, regional, and international research councils and funding bodies, must be published in Open Access Journals, on Open Access Platforms, or made immediately available through Open Access Repositories without embargo”.
European Science Foundation. What is CoALition S? https://www.coalition-s.org/about/
The Australasian Open Access Strategy Group (AOASG) and the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) have released a joint statement broadly supportive of Plan S. However they call for greater consideration of several key areas:
Plan S is not yet mandated by any Australian funders. However, international bodies endorsing Plan S may mandate compliance when funding Australian research.
To be Plan S compliant you must ensure that all scholarly articles that result from research funded by members of cOAlition S are made openly available immediately upon publication without any embargo period.
There are three routes to achieve this.
Plan S also requires the use of open licenses and prefers the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license.