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Open access publishing and Plan S

Plan S

What exactly is Plan S?

Plan S is an initiative of an international consortium of research funders, cOAlition S. They want to speed up the transition to open access publishing by scientists.

Do you receive research funding from Plan S signers as from 1 January 2021? Then your scientific publications resulting from this must be published in open access immediately, without embargo.

In The Netherlands, NWO and ZonMw have signed Plan S. NWO's open access Plan S policy covers peer-reviewed articles, review papers and conference publications as well as books.

Conditions Plan S?

The signers of Plan S state the following conditions for the publications resulting from their funding:

  • Publications must immediately become fully open access. There should be no embargoes.
  • The publications preferably have a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY). CC BY-SA and CC 0 are also allowed. For the use of other licenses, prior consent of the research funder is required.
    More information about the Creative Commons licenses.
  • The scientific author and/or the institution holds the copyright. The license must make it possible to make the Version of Record (publisher's version) or the author's version available open access immediately through the Radboud Repository after peer review (postprint).

How to comply with Plan S?

There are three ways to meet the conditions set by the Plan S signers:

  1. Publication in a fully open access journal or on an open access platform. In the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) you will find an overview of qualified open access journals. In most cases, the scientific authors pay an Article Processing Charge (APC).
  2. You can still publish in a scientific journal based on the subscription model. Make sure that you can at least publish the peer-reviewed author version in open access in the Radboud Repository.
    cOAlition S has developed a Rights Retention Strategy to help scientists with this.
  3. The VSNU has concluded so-called transformative deals with a large number of important publishers, in which corresponding authors from Dutch universities can publish their articles open access at no extra cost. These deals are Plan S compliant.
    Would you like to know which journals this applies to? Take a look in our Journal Browser.
    An overview of the publishers with which the Radboud University/Radboudumc has a deal can be found on our website.


Do you have questions or would you like more information? Please let us know. We are happy to help.
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