Plan S


Making full and immediate Open Access a reality

I am a publisher. Do I have to provide annual statistics about the numbers of reviews in my journal only for published articles, or also include rejected articles?

Published on: 02/06/2020 - Updated on: 22/06/2020

Plan S Pricing Transparency framework states “Median number of reviews for research articles published in the reporting period. If an article goes back to the same reviewer for a second review, then this counts as two reviews. If reviews are cascaded to the journal with a paper, then count this as zero.” You only need to provide information for published articles.

Does my institution have to be a member of DORA to receive cOAlition S member research funding?

Published on: 19/05/2020

Check with your individual funder.

What if my research collaborator with other funding doesn’t want to comply with Plan S?

Published on: 19/05/2020 - Updated on: 02/06/2020

By signing and accepting the terms of their grant agreement researchers commit to meeting the requirements of their funder. We would advise the researchers in a collaboration seek to clarify their route to publication before the research is undertaken and include this in any collaborative agreement or MoU.

What plan does cOAlition S have to increase transparency in the peer-review process?

Published on: 19/05/2020 - Updated on: 02/06/2020

cOAlition S is currently focused on full and immediate open access to peer-reviewed research publications. It does not at this time have a view on models and procedures for peer-review.

Will cOAlition S funders prioritise ECRs (early career researchers) and those making their research findings openly available in future grant applications?

Published on: 19/05/2020 - Updated on: 02/06/2020

Check with your individual funder how they assess applications for funding. Other sources of information about funder initiatives committed to prioritising ECRs and those making research findings openly available include the Open Research Funders Group

How will ECRs be incentivised to publish OA?

Published on: 19/05/2020 - Updated on: 02/06/2020

By signing and accepting the terms of their grant agreement, researchers commit to meeting the requirements of their funder. Other sources of information about funder incentivisation initiatives include the Open Research Funders Group Incitivization Blueprint

How does DORA fit with Plan S?

Published on: 19/05/2020 - Updated on: 22/06/2020

In line with DORA or similar initiatives, cOalition S funders commit that when assessing research outputs during funding decisions they will value the intrinsic merit of the work and not consider the publication channel, its impact factor (or other journal metrics), or the publisher. For more details see Guidance on the Implementation of Plan S