January 23, 2022

Preprint: “Few Open Access Journals are Plan S Compliant”

UPDATE January 31, 2019 (Added Media Coverage): “Few Open-Access Journals Meet Requirements Of Plan S, Study Says” (via Science)

End Update

The following preprint was recently shared on Preprints.org.


Few Open Access Journals are Plan S Compliant


Jan Erik Frantsvåg
The Arctic University of Norway: Tromsø

Tormod Eismann Strømme
University of Bergen

Preprints 2019, 2019010165
DOI: 10.20944/preprints201901.0165.v1

Much of the debate on Plan S seems to concentrate on how to make toll access journals open access, taking for granted that existing open access journals are Plan S compliant. We suspected this was not so, and set out to explore this using DOAJ’s journal metadata. We conclude that an overwhelmingly large majority of open access journals are not Plan S compliant, and that it is small HSS publishers not charging APCs that are least compliant and will face major challenges with becoming compliant. Plan S need to give special considerations to smaller publishers and/or non-APC-based journals.

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