Open access publishing under Plan S to start in 2021BMJ 2019; 365 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l2382 (Published 31 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l2382
- Nigel Hawkes
- London, UK
From 2021, all research funded by public or private grants should be published in open access journals, according to a group of funding agencies called coALition S.1
The plan is the final version of a draft that was put to public consultation last year and attracted 344 responses from institutions, almost half of them from the UK.2 The responses have been considered and some changes made to the new system called Plan S, a briefing at the Science Media Centre in London was told on 29 May.
The main change has been to delay implementation for a year, to 1 January 2021, to allow more time for those involved—researchers, funders, institutions, publishers, and repositories—to make the necessary changes, said John-Arne Røttingen, chief executive of the Research Council of Norway.
“All research contracts signed after that date should include the obligation to publish in an open access journal,” he said. That …