Plan S for Open Access: Guidance and Feedback

Those of you interested in the topic of Open Access Publishing, and Open Science generally, will no doubt already have heard of `Plan S’. For those that haven’t it is a proposal by 11 European Nations to give the public free access to publicly funded science. The 11 countries involved in this initiative are: France, Italy, Austria, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, and the UK. Together, these nations compise `cOAlition S’ – the `OA’ is for `Open Access’ – to carry out the plan, which can be found here.

Here is a summary:

I have blogged about this and some of the reactions to it before (e.g. here and here).

I’m writing today, however, to pass on an important piece of news, which is that comprehensive technical guidance on how to comply with Plan S has now been issued by Coalition S, where. you can also submit feedback on the guidance.

I’ve got quite a busy day teaching today and have so far only just skimmed the guidance. At first sight it looks a lot more flexible than some people feared. Comments are welcome belo.

My main preoccupation will, however, be to ensure that the Open Journal of Astrophysics can be made compliant (if it isn’t already)..

 

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3 Responses to “Plan S for Open Access: Guidance and Feedback”

  1. I find this requirement not strict enough: “Version: the final published version of the publication (Version of Record) or at least the Author’s Accepted Manuscript (AAM)” (emphasis added). The programme casts a very wide net otherwise, but doesn’t even require the official, final version to be publicly accessible?

  2. “My main preoccupation will, however, be to ensure that the Open Journal of Astrophysics can be made compliant (if it isn’t already).”

    Do you have these?

    “Self-archiving policy: The self-archiving (‘Green Open Access’) policy of the venue where the article is published must be registered in Sherpa/Romeo.”

    “Full text stored in XML in JATS standard (or equivalent)”

    Or, rather, does arXiv?

    • telescoper Says:

      The arXiv uses XML for the metadata so it’s fully searchable but doesn’t store full texts that way. It stores searchable PDFs though..I wonder if these count as `or equivalent’?

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