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UKRI welcomes publication of revised Plan S guidance


UKRI welcomes publication of revised Plan S guidance

Revised guidance has been published for the implementation of Plan S, an international initiative launched to make full and immediate Open Access to research publications a reality.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is a member of cOAlition S, the consortium formed to deliver the principles of Plan S, which has 19 members from across Europe, North America, Africa, and the Middle East. cOAlition S has today released revised guidance.

Welcoming the publication of the revised guidance, Science Minister Chris Skidmore said: “Achieving open access to research papers will benefit business and other researchers alike. Enabling them to draw on existing material to stretch the boundaries of knowledge will help to maintain our position as a world-leader in science and research through our modern Industrial Strategy.

“The guidance published today recognises the important progress made so far towards our ambition to achieve open access globally.”

The largest ever international consultation conducted on an Open Access policy, with more than 600 inputs received through the recent feedback exercise, has informed changes to the guidance on Plan S implementation.

Changes include an extension to the formal commencement point for Plan S which will now take effect from 1 January 2021. This new timetable provides more opportunity for researchers, institutions, publishers, and repositories to make changes and for funders’ policies to develop and take effect. The Plan S principles now also reflect a commitment made by the funders to revise methods of research assessment along the lines of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

It has been approved by all coalition members and the European Commission, including the European Research Council, who are committed to implementing Plan S as a part of the next Research and Innovation Framework Programme, Horizon Europe.

David Sweeney, Executive Chair of UKRI’s Research England and co-chair of the Implementation Task Force for Plan S, said: “Plan S has stimulated the most significant international debate to take place on Open Access, and will inform UKRI’s work in this important area.

“Working with partners internationally will help us to pursue our ambition of full and immediate open access to publicly-funded research with the necessary urgency.”

The Plan S principles broadly align with UKRI’s current Open Access policies and will be considered as part of the ongoing UKRI Open Access Review. Final decisions on UKRI policies will be made via the review.

View the revised guidance on the cOAlition S website.

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