Plan S

About Plan S, how to be compliant to funders rules about full and immediate open access from January 1, 2021

Plan S is an initiative for open-access publishing that was launched in September 2018 by Science Europe and by the cOAlition S, an international consortium of research funders (including NWO) from eleven European countries as well as the Gates Foundation and Welcome Trust. 

Plan S requires that, from 2020 on, scientific publications that result from research funded by public grants must be published in compliant open access journals or platforms. The plan is structured around ten principles that include open copyright licenses, robust criteria for open-access platforms, standardized publication fees, and more. Specific implementation guidance on the Plan S principles has been released on in November 2018. There has been much response – support as well as critique - from the research community since.  

National consultation meeting

The National consultation meeting on the implementation of Plan S took place on January 31, 2019 in Utrecht. The meeting was organized by NWO/ZonMw in cooperation with the Academy of Sciences and VSNU. 

Report with the main outcomes of the Plan S consultation meeting.

After Plan S was announced, a public debate arose regarding the best way for Dutch research to make the transition to open access. Leading in the debate are researchers who often support the objective of open access but are concerned about whether the details of Plan S support that objective. 

Consultation at TU Delft

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