Plan S, an initiative of cOALition S, was launched in September 2018 with the goal of achieving full and immediate open access to publications. COAlition S comprises a group of research funders that has committed to implementing Plan S, and aims to accelerate the transition to a scholarly publishing system characterised by immediate and free online access to scholarly publications.
To date, the list of funders that support COAlition S includes Science Foundation Ireland, UK Research & Innovation, WHO and Wellcome Trust.
There are three main routes to Plan S compliance:
If you wish to pursue the green route of Open Access the following tools may help you
How to retain the right to share your AAM without an embargo at the time of submission to a journal
Negotiating a Licence to Publish with your publisher to retain copyright
If your journal is not supported by one of the library's 'Transformative' Open Access agreements you can still publish in the journal of your choice.
CoalitionS have developed a Journal Checker tool to assist authors in deciding what route to compliance is available to them.
Check which journals are compliant with your funder's requirements, and the options available to you
The full list of cOAlition S approved Transformative Journals is available here.
Elsevier has committed 160 journals to transformative journal criteria. The list of Plan S compliant Elsevier journals can be viewed here.
Springer Nature has committed the vast majority of its journals to Plan S transformative criteria. The list can be downloaded here
Cambridge University Press has committed 209 journals to become Plan S aligned Transformative Journals. These include all 118 hybrid journals that CUP owns and 91 of the hybrid journals owned in whole or part by their society partners. You can consult here the list of CUP Transformative Journals.
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Analysis of the updated implementation guidance on Plan S (May 2019) by SPARC Europe, examining 20 key changes from the original guidelines (Sept 2018).
Scheme of nine possible routes to Plan S compliance produced by Jeroen Bosman & Bianca Kramer
A view of Plan S from the International Alliance of Research Library Associations (IARLA)