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EMBO feedback on Plan S consultation



Heidelberg, 8 February 2019 – In September 2018 a group of European funders, supported by the European Commission, announced their plan to accelerate a move to full and immediate Open Access in scholarly publishing. Referred to as ‘Plan S’, the initiative mandates that scientists receiving money from a participating funder must publish their work in journals on platforms that offer immediate Open Access.


EMBO responded to the announcement with a statement, stressing the importance of not sacrificing quality publishing as a result of equating ‘open’ to ‘for free’.


The coalition behind Plan S (referred to as cOAlition S), published a document providing more detailed guidance on the implementation of Plan S in November last year. At the same time, it called for feedback on this document.


EMBO has today submitted its feedback to this consultation. The submission is available for download as PDF.



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