Plan S – To be a winner, plan to win | LERU

“The majority of the points made by LERU in its response to the initial announcement of the impending launch of Plan S have been addressed in the Implementation Plan, and this is welcome. LERU stressed that the original goal of full transition to Open Access by 1 January 2020, from the point of view of logistics, was impossible. The Implementation Plan acknowledges this and now sees implementation as beginning on 1 January 2020. The wider context of Open Access is also addressed in the Implementation Plan. Signatories of Plan S will sign the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment and implement its stipulations. Similarly, the Implementation Plan recognizes the calls made by LERU and others to be more explicit about the role of Green Open Access repositories in the transition to full Open Access (OA)….”

Accelerating the transition to full and immediate Open Access to scientific publications: LERU’s reaction to Plan S

The League of European Research Universities (LERU)reaction to the announcement of ‘Plan S’

“Plan S represents a bold plan fundamentally to change the pattern of academic publishing, moving decisively away from subscription journals to full and immediate Open Access (OA). From 1 January 2020 academic publications, where the research has been funded by public grants provided by national and European Research Councils and funding bodies, must be published in compliant Open Access Journals or on compliant Open Access platforms. The vision is ambitious and represents a further step in the unstoppable move to immediate Open Access. The researchers will retain their copyright and will not be able to assign it to publishers as a condition of being published. Article Processing Charges (APCs) will be capped at a certain level and, crucially, payment of hybrid APCs will no longer be possible via this funding mechanism.”

The LERU Roadmap towards Open Access: LERU Open Access Working Group (June 2011)

“The two basic mechanisms through which researchers can make their work freely available are often termed as the ‘gold route’ and the ‘green route.’ The adoption of either or both routes could lead to a transformation in the means of disseminating research outputs by LERU and other universities across the globe….”

Open Access to Research Publications (2012)

“Open Access represents a conscious decision by the League of European Research Universities to investigate new models for scholarly communication and the dissemination of research outputs emanating from researchers….The LERU Roadmap Towards Open Access gives fuller details of Open Access developments and implementations in LERU institutions. LERU strongly advocates that the Horizon 2020 programme adopt the position outlined in this guidance paper….”