Open access

Widening access to the scholarly literature increases the literature’s value to society.

Since the first commercial Open Access journals were launched in the late 1990s, there has been a steady migration from subscription to Open Access.

Plan S, driven by Science Europe, was launched in September 2018. Fourteen national research-funding bodies across Europe (with UK Research and Innovation by far the largest) set out conditions for publication of the research they paid for. Plan S will have serious implications for our publications and in January 2019 The Society responded to the Plan S consultation.

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