A Transformative Journal is a subscription/hybrid journal that is committed to transitioning to a fully OA journal. In addition, it must:
• gradually increase the share of OA content and
• offset subscription income from payments for publishing services (to avoid double payments).
1. A Transformative Journal will need to demonstrate an annual increase in the proportion of OA research content of at least 5% in absolute terms and at least 15% in relative terms, year-on-year1 .
2. A Transformative Journal must clearly and publicly announce on the journal website its commitment to transition to full OA and agree to transition to full Open Access as soon as possible and in any event no later than when 75% of its research content is published Open Access. The publisher must also acknowledge that financial support from cOAlition S funders will end at the latest by 31 December 2024.
3. A Transformative Journal must fulfil the requirements for publication venues detailed in Part III of the Plan S Implementation Guidance and make all the OA content available in accordance with the Plan S requirements.
4. The Transformative Journal must implement transparent pricing for the OA content published under this model2, and ensure that institutions purchasing a subscription to a Transformative Journal will pay only for remaining subscription content3.
5. The Transformative Journal must regularly update its authors on the usage, citations, and online attention of their published articles.
6. The publisher of the Transformative Journal must provide an annual public report to cOAlition S, reporting on progress and demonstrating compliance with the requirements for Transformative Journals. The report must provide information on the usage – including downloads, citations, altmetric data – of OA articles compared with the subscription content published in the Transformative Journal. This annual report should also be made accessible on the journals’ public website.
The fields marked with * are mandatory
1 Growth in OA proportions will be assessed either on a rolling 3-year historic basis or each calendar year. Transformative Journal-status will be lost if the criteria are not met.
2 Work is ongoing to determine the price transparency requirements. Journals which wish to be considered as a Transformative Journal in advance of these requirements being finalised must agree to implement the draft price transparency framework as specified by the draft framework proposed by Information Power or the framework developed by the Fair Open Access Alliance.
3 See the Royal Society’s model as good example of transparent subscription pricing.
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