May 20, 2022

A New Report on the “Data Needed to Identify Plan S Compliance” Published

From a Plan S Blog Post:

Today an independent report is published by Delta Think, commissioned by Jisc and funded by Science Europe, on behalf of cOAlition S, to enhance the understanding of the data needed to identify publishing venues which support Plan S. The report entitled “Data Needed to Identify Plan S Compliance”, sheds light on the potential processes to support the development of a “journal checker tool”.

The report highlights the information needed to enable researchers to identify publishing venues that support the full requirements of Plan S.

Among its findings, the report highlights that the required data for a given publication venue should allow multiple levels of detail. Furthermore, indicating whether a venue is aligned to Plan S, the data structures capture how it measures up for each one of the four routes to Plan S, and in turn how each specific requirement contributes to each route. Acknowledging that each route has different needs, the report concludes with a set of recommendations on the next steps regarding the data specification.


In parallel to the publication of this report, cOAlition S invites qualified providers to develop, host and maintain a journal checker tool that will support cOAlition S funded researchers in complying with Plan S. More information on the requirements and process is available here.

Direct to Full Text Report

Direct to Data Specification File

See Also: cOAlition S Invites Qualified Providers to Develop a Plan S Journal Checker Tool

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.