SCONUL response on Plan S guidance - Fri, 8 Feb 2019

SCONUL feedback on Plan S guidance has been submitted today.


SCONUL has reinforced its strong support for the Plan S vision of immediate open access to all scholarly publications funded by cOAlition S members, and to its broader aim of accelerating the transition to a scholarly publishing system that is characterised by immediate, free online access to, and largely use and re-use of scholarly publications. 


The submission highlights where changes to the proposed implementation guidelines might foster these two aims. This includes:


- the need for a pluralistic approach to open access under the guidance, including pay to publish but also green routes


- further work on transformative agreements


- a more lengthy and staged transition period


- including rights retention mechanisms such as the UK SCL


- price caps on APCs while DORA principles are fully implemented


- an approach to specifying infrastructure requirements which focuses on outcomes and principle rather than precise delivery mechanisms.


The submission is available here.