cOAlition S releases revised implementation guidance

The publication of “Plan S” in September 2018 triggered a global debate on open access to scholarly literature. The call for feedback on the draft guidelines for the implementation of Plan S was answered by universities, scholarly societies, and scientists from 40 countries. In response to the over 600 submissions, cOAlition S has released revised guidance on Plan S implementation, which maintains the fundamental principles of Plan S – such as the provision of immediate open access to publications without embargoes – but also includes several implementation-related changes. For example, the timeline for mandatory implementation and for the transformation of existing journals to open access has been extended.