Open Access for All?

If the European science funders who drafted Plan S had their way, all papers published with grants from the world’s top research funders would immediately be open access.

So far just 16 funders across 13 countries have signed onto Plan S. That’s far short of the plan's goal, but it’s gained plaudits for disrupting science publishing, which paywalls much of taxpayer-funded research while garnering large profits for publishers. The radical plan is gaining momentum, however, and may have a domino effect as more key funders sign on.

But here’s the catch: Plan S’s success depends on global buy-in, raising concerns that it could splinter the publishing industry.

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