Politicians and R&D funders ‘finally pushing in same direction’ on science publishing | Science|Business

“A major push by science funding agencies in Europe to make the research they back freely available at the point of publication is the world’s best chance of fundamentally altering scientific publishing, says the new coordinator of Plan S, Johan Rooryck.

Last month the Plan S consortium of funders named Rooryck, professor of French linguistics at Leiden University in the Netherlands, as its new champion, with a brief to promote and develop the plan worldwide.

Currently there are 19 – mostly European – funders involved in Plan S. The initiative represents, “the first time we see policymakers and the main funders pushing in the same direction,” said Rooryck.

“We’ve been talking about open access for 25 years but it never accelerated in the way people wanted,” he said.

In common with other backers of open access, Rooryck argues commercial publishers have made excessive profits from scientific research that has been paid for from public money. Most commercial publishers have paywalls erected around the journals they publish, which in effect means public and charitable bodies have to buy access to the outputs of research projects that would not have gone ahead without their grant money….”

Society Publishers Accelerating Open Access and Plan S – Final Project Report

The final project report from the Society Publishers Accelerating Open access and Plan S (SPA-OPS) project. The report presents the results of work to identify and assess a range of potential models through which learned societies could successfully transition to the requirements of Plans S. Based on the research undertaken, the report sets out recommendations for learned society publishers and other stakeholders committed to supporting them in making this transition. This work was conducted by Alicia Wise and Lorraine Estelle of Information Power. The SPA-OPS project was commissioned by Wellcome, UKRI, and the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP).

Plan S, Core Open Access Publishing Standards & Scholastica

Scholastica has released a Product Roadmap detailing new features to help journals comply with Plan S and sustainably meet core publishing standards. The roadmap page also includes answers to Plan S FAQs and a resources section to help publishers stay caught up on Plan S developments and work through the implementation guidelines.

Horizon 2020 and UK Research and Innovation Requirements for H2020 Projects | Jisc scholarly communications

“Twice a year, Jisc contacts Horizon2020-funded projects in the UK on behalf of OpenAIRE (www.openaire.eu) which supports the EC’s Open Access policies.  Jisc is the National Open Access Desk for OpenAIRE in the UK, and we contact project coordinators because there are particular Open Access obligations within most of the Horizon2020 projects for the EC:

Open Access Mandate:  All H2020 projects must provide open access (OA) to all peer-reviewed scientific publications that stem from project activities, immediately or otherwise within 6/12 months of publication where publisher embargoes apply.  Non-compliance can lead to a grant reduction and potential sanctions.
Open Research Data Pilot: Projects in designated areas of H2020 will participate in a pilot project to make the underlying data related to project outputs openly available and accessible for use by other researchers, innovative industries and citizens.  If you have signed up to the pilot, you will need to make your research data openly available, as well.

How many OA publications does your project have? Take a look at your project page at: https://explore.openaire.eu/search/find/projects. You can use this page to help you with reporting!…”

World Health Organization Backs Open-Access Plan S | The Scientist Magazine®

“The World Health Organization is joining cOAlition S, a growing group of agencies and charities that fund scientific research and that require their grantees to share their work in open-access journals or repositories. The coalition’s so-called Plan S aims to implement the open-access requirement for all of their funded research beginning January 1, 2021….”

World Health Organization Backs Open-Access Plan S | The Scientist Magazine®

“The World Health Organization is joining cOAlition S, a growing group of agencies and charities that fund scientific research and that require their grantees to share their work in open-access journals or repositories. The coalition’s so-called Plan S aims to implement the open-access requirement for all of their funded research beginning January 1, 2021….”

Open Science | ANR

From Google’s English: “The open science policy initiated by the ANR in 2013 is fully in line with the National Open Science Plan launched by Minister Frédérique Vidal in July 2018, with the following three objectives:

Promote open access to publications (Open Access)

As part of the ANR’s contribution to the promotion and implementation of open science, and in connection with the National Open Science Plan, the coordinator and the partners and the partners commit themselves in the event of funding to deposit scientific publications (full text) from the research project in an open archive, either directly in HAL or through a local institutional archive, under the conditions of Article 30 of the Law “For a Digital Republic ” . Moreover, the ANR recommends favoring publication in journals or books natively open access.

Contribute to open data whenever possible (Open Data)

In order to implement the principle “as open as possible, as closed as necessary” and in accordance with FAIR principles (Easy to find, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable), the NRA encourages coordinators to consider the issue of research from the editing and throughout the project. The Agency will request the development of a data management plan for all funded projects within 6 months of the start of the project starting from the 2019 edition. This document summarizes the description and evolution of the projects. datasets, it prepares the sharing, reuse and sustainability of data….

Coordinate actions at European and international level


ANR is also involved in several transnational initiatives in which it takes the French position in favor of open science and bibliodiversity. She is a member of the coalition S which brings together several funding agencies to accelerate the transition to a full and immediate access to scientific publications and supports the S Plan . The Agency is also a member of the GO FAIR office in France….”

Advocating for Change in How Science is Conducted to Level the Playing Field – YouTube

“Open science practices have the potential to greatly accelerate progress in scientific research if widely adopted, but individual action may not be enough to spur this change.

In this webinar, a panel of experienced policy advocates discuss how to advocate for policy improvements at the institutional level (journals, funders, and universities), while providing you with the tools to do so. Open practice policies are leveling the playing field for how science is conducted, yet advocating for these improvements requires coordinated action. Join us!…”

DFG – Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft – Stellungnahme der DFG zur Gründung von „cOAlition S“ zur Unterstützung von Open Access

From Google’s English: “A coalition of several European research funding organizations (cOAlition S), supported by the European Commission and the European Research Council (ERC), has agreed to make full and immediate open access to science publications they support mandatory from 2020 onwards.

The German Research Foundation (DFG) works closely with European funding organizations in Science Europe and Knowledge Exchange, as well as with all relevant national organizations to build and develop a science and research-friendly open access environment. It therefore welcomes the coordinated cooperation of various funding organizations to implement an open access approach….

The DFG continues to support Open Access based on the interests of researchers and with a view to better cost transparency, both in terms of the cost of access to publications and publication fees. It supports the “cOAlition S” in a series of measures that the DFG has already begun implementing in the past….”

[But DFG did not endorse Plan S or join the Plan S coalition.]

Where is the Publication Puck Going? Making Research Available “Upstream” of Publication – The Scholarly Kitchen

“If (for example) the seeds of Plan S were sown when funders began to introduce requirements and funding around access to research publications, what do today’s funder preferences and requirements tell us about how to prepare for tomorrow? Here is a handful of insights from the project….

95% of respondents considered that being able to demonstrate broader communications and impacts is important to their future funding and career progression….

The dialogue, and thus the focus of publisher efforts at the moment, continues to be around open access and data sharing – but funders’ focus seems to be moving on to other aspects of communication, with dissemination / impact plans, knowledge exchange / transfer and broader audiences all more commonly required by respondents’ funders than open access and data sharing. This may be an early indicator of emerging opportunities for publishers – helping researchers with knowledge exchange, knowledge transfer, and research commercialization….”