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Few Open Access Journals are Plan S Compliant

Version 1 : Received: 15 January 2019 / Approved: 16 January 2019 / Online: 16 January 2019 (10:19:23 CET)
Version 2 : Received: 17 January 2019 / Approved: 17 January 2019 / Online: 17 January 2019 (13:13:14 CET)
Version 3 : Received: 18 January 2019 / Approved: 22 January 2019 / Online: 22 January 2019 (11:39:01 CET)

How to cite: Frantsvåg, J.E.; Strømme, T.E. Few Open Access Journals are Plan S Compliant. Preprints 2019, 2019010165 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201901.0165.v2). Frantsvåg, J.E.; Strømme, T.E. Few Open Access Journals are Plan S Compliant. Preprints 2019, 2019010165 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201901.0165.v2).

Abstract

Much of the debate on Plan S seems to concentrate on how to make toll access journals open access, taking for granted that existing open access journals are Plan S compliant. We suspected this was not so, and set out to explore this using DOAJ's journal metadata. We conclude that an overwhelmingly large majority of open access journals are not Plan S compliant, and that it is small HSS publishers not charging APCs that are least compliant and will face major challenges with becoming compliant. Plan S need to give special considerations to smaller publishers and/or non-APC-based journals.

Subject Areas

Plan S; open access journals; APC; technical requirements; publisher size

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