UPDATE January 31, 2019 (Added Media Coverage): “Few Open-Access Journals Meet Requirements Of Plan S, Study Says” (via Science)
The following preprint was recently shared on Preprints.org.
Jan Erik Frantsvåg
The Arctic University of Norway: Tromsø
Tormod Eismann Strømme
University of Bergen
Preprints 2019, 2019010165
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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