January 23, 2022

cOAlition S Releases Revised Plan S Implementation Guidance, Start Date Now January 1, 2021

Note: As we’ve done with other Plan S items we will update this post with comments and media report as they become available. Please check back. 

From cOAlition S:

Today cOAlition S releases revised guidance on Plan S implementation which has been approved by all coalition members. “Plan S is a bold step forward which the European Commission, along with a growing number of national funders, is committed to implement” explained Carlos Moedas, the European Commissioner for Science, Research and Innovation.


Changes include an extension to the formal commencement point for Plan S which will now take effect from 1 January 2021. This new timetable provides more opportunity for researchers, institutions, publishers, and repositories to make changes and for funders’ policies to develop and take effect. The Plan S principles now also reflect a commitment made by the funders to revise methods of research assessment along the lines of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

Read the Complete News Release

Resources (Posted May 2019)

Direct to Revised Guidance: “Accelerating the Transition to Full and Immediate Open Access to Scientific Publications” ||| PDF Version (9 pages)

Direct to Rationale for the Revisions Made To The Plan S Principles And Implementation Guidance ||| PDF Version (9 pages)


Media Coverage

Ambitious Open-Access Plan S Delayed to Let Research Community Adapt

Plan S Start Date Delayed to January 2021 (via The Bookseller)
Includes comments from SAGE, ALPSP, and Publishers Association.


Roundup: Responses/Comments/Feedback From Publishers and Organizations on Implementation and Impact of Plan S (February 2019)

New Guidance on Implementation of Plan S Released (Draft) (November 2019)

cOAlition S (Plan S): A Coalition of European Research Funding Organisations Announces Commitment to Make Open Access to Research Publications a Reality by 2020 (September 2018)


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