Much has already been said and written about Plan S, the initiative of a group of European research funders to drastically increase and speed up the transition to full open access. Instead of adding to that with statements on whether it is a good idea or on which elements we like and which we do not like, here we present and dissect eight possible routes towards compliance. For each of those routes the scheme shows examples (please treat them as such), assessments of effects on various stakeholders and on overall cost and also whether the route aligns with expected changes in the evaluation system.
The chart discusses these eight possible routes:
- Using existing or new APC-based gold journals / platforms.
- Using existing or new non-APC-based gold journals / platforms (a.k.a. diamond).
- Flipping journals to an APC-based gold model, by publishers or by editors taking the journal with them.
- ‘Soft-flipping’ journals to APC gold (leaving subscription/hybrid intact): this means creating a APC-based full OA sister journal with same scope, editors, policies etc..
- Flipping journals to non-APC-based gold (diamond), by publishers or editors.
- Archiving the publisher version, on publication, with copyright retained and an open license.
- Archiving the accepted author manuscript, on publication, with copyright retained and an open license.
- Sharing preprints (e.g. in dedicated preprint archives) and using overlay journals for peer review.
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