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Is Science Europe’s Plan S the solution to open access research?

October 26, 2018
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The mysteriously named Plan S, Science Europe’s massive endeavour to make all publicly funded research available on open access platforms by 2020, has been met with overwhelming acceptance by higher education and research bodies. However, learned societies and open access advocates say that it could be doing more harm than good. 

Sara Custer speaks to THE reporter Rachael Pells and Lynn Kamerlin, professor of structural biology at Uppsala University

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While much of this debate rests in a very grey area, it is a gross exaggeration to assume that the lost society revenue will be redistributed through universities that would no longer pay subscription. Society revenue funds items such as conferences, travel awards for trainees, and public advocacy. One cannot assume that universities will fill these specific gaps should publishing become completely OA, as they are entirely different entities. In fact, it is much more plausible that universities may direct this revenue towards completely different areas and simply decrease library budgets. (This point was raised around 22:00.)

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