May 28, 2022

Open Access: Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) Offers Support on the Implementation of Plan S

From OASPA’s Board of Directors:

2018-10-02_12-02-21The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) is a community of publishers and related organisations committed to supporting the transition to a world in which open access becomes the predominant model of publication for scholarly outputs. OASPA therefore welcomes the launch of Plan S, recently announced by a coalition of 11 leading funding agencies from across Europe, with the support of the European Commission and the European Research Council, as an important step in the transition towards full and immediate open access for scholarly research.


In the weeks since cOAlition S announced their 10 key principles for supporting the transition to open access, those within the open science community have engaged in numerous discussions about the possible implications of this initiative as well as questions about how it will be implemented. Last month at the 10th annual Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing, members of OASPA had the opportunity to discuss Plan S and to pose a number of these questions directly to Robert-Jan Smits, the Open Access Envoy of the European Commission, who has led the development of Plan S.

The video recording of Smits’ presentation, as well as the subsequent discussion, is available here.

In OASPA’s view, there are several important strengths of this initiative that have the potential to drive meaningful change in the very near future. Notably, cOAlition S already includes 11 leading funding agencies and has invited others to join. Through this collaborative approach, the initiative can help to coordinate open access policy at an international level, which is in the interests of all stakeholders.

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