May 27, 2022

cOAlition S Announces Price Transparency Requirements

From cOAlition S:

Adhering to Plan’s S key principle of transparent pricing, cOAlition S publishes today its guidance on implementing price transparency when Open Access (OA) publication fees are applied.

Specifically, cOAlition S announces that from July 1st, 2022 only publishers who provide data in line with one of the two endorsed price and service transparency frameworks will be eligible to receive OA publications funds from cOAlition S members. This covers funder contributions to any model of financing open access publications including, but not limited to, non-APC journals or platforms, article processing charges (APCs), transformative agreements, and transformative journals.

The two approved frameworks are:

In line with the Plan S guidance, cOAlition S will only support open access publication fees which are fair and reasonable.

Read the Complete Announcement

Also New Today: Launch of the Plan S Price Transparency Framework (via Information Power)

The framework has two parts (a data collection spreadsheet and implementation guide) and we are also publishing recommendations to stakeholders flowing from the recent pilot project.

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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.