May 27, 2022

Harvard Library and MIT Libraries Provide Recommendations for Plan S Implementation

From MIT Libraries:

Harvard Library and the MIT Libraries are committed to fostering a scholarly communications environment which advances the values of openness, equitable access, transparency, responsible stewardship, and flexible reuse. Aligned with these commitments, we are in broad support of Plan S and its goals to ensure that publicly funded research is made openly available to a global audience. We applaud the clear, unmistakable intention behind Plan S: to provide strong, meaningful incentives to make new research open access.

To support the Plan S coalition in realizing its intention, we recommend certain adjustments to the implementation details. We’d like to see Plan S make better use of the global network of open-access repositories. We’d like to see Plan S reinforce and expand – rather than neglect or unintentionally hinder – the power of open-access repositories to democratize access to science and scholarship.

The remainder of the post is organized into two sections:

  • Suggestions for the Green Open Access (Repository) Compliance Option
  • Suggestions for the Gold Open Access (Journal) Compliance Option

and is signed by:

Chris Bourg, Director, MIT Libraries
Amy Brand, Director, MIT Press
Greg Eow, Associate Director for Collections, MIT Libraries
Ellen Finnie, Head, Scholarly Communications and Collections Strategy, MIT Libraries
Peter Suber, Director, Office for Scholarly Communication, Harvard University

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About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.