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Open access science initiative delayed by one year

Wednesday 12 June 2019

Plan S, a coordinated approach by research funders and organisations aiming to improve access to the findings of publicly-funded research, is to be delayed by a year, with 2021 now the intended commencement date. Following consultation between members of “Coalition S” (organisations which support the proposals) about how the open access initiative should work, the delay has been agreed as a way to allow greater time for researchers, institutions, publishers etc. to make the required changes. From 1 January 2021, funding agencies including UK Research and Innovation, Science Foundation Ireland and the Research Council of Norway, will require scientists who receive grants from them to make the resulting papers free to read immediately on publication, as well as allowing others to download, translate and reuse the work. Additionally, 13 of Europe’s national funding agencies have joined Coalition S, as well as the Wellcome Trust and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The funders say they will commission an analysis to find out which disciplines need more open access outlets. More information on the revised timescales, as well as Plan S itself, can be found at: https://www.coalition-s.org/revised-implementation-guidance/

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