5 February 2019
Plan S calls for radical and swift change. The coalition of European research funders require that from 2020, article processing charges are capped, the end of embargoes and the withdrawal of support for hybrid open access journals. This bold call has been described as the end of the “post-Finch consensus”.
'From coalition to commons: Plan S and the future of scholarly communication', Rob Johnson's considered article published recently in Insights, describes the establishment of an equitable, efficient and sustainable academic commons as an ambitious goal. He considers how its governance and even principles may need to be adapted as the coalition grapples with questions of equity, efficiency and sustainability. This article is recommended reading for all stakeholders as they face the implications of Plan S and explore the new types of business models needed to meet its requirements.