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S Stands for Shock: The European funders’ proposal for Open Access

Jeremy Gibbons


This post is about Plan-S, a new policy being agreed by cOAlition-S, a consortium of (mostly) European research funding agencies. The policy will mandate Gold Open Access to the research funded by these agencies. The effects will be dramatic: in Programming Languages in particular, it will make most of our publication venues inaccessible to researchers with such funding. And it will happen soon: for grants awarded from January 2021. I am surprised not to hear much discussion of this radical change in our community; I aim to promote such a discussion.