Publishing should be for social and disciplinary impact

“Plan S is a grand plan, but the devil is in the detail,” says Professor Robin Crewe of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) in a blog.

Initiated in 2018 by 12 European countries, the plan, driven by funders, will impact South African institutions. Plan S substitutes barriers to reading with barriers to authorship.The 13 European funding agencies (known as cOAlition S) require research to be published in compliant open access (OA) journals from 2020 onwards.

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