Plan S: A Perspective from Canadian Journals

Plan S is an initiative for Open Access publishing that was launched in September 2018. The plan is supported by cOAlition S, an international consortium of research funders. Plan S requires that, from 2020, scientific publications that result from research funded by public grants must be published in compliant Open Access journals or platforms.  The Canadian Association of Learned Journals (CALJ-ACRS) sees this as a laudable goal, and indeed, for a number of years, CALJ-ACRS has supported the principle of open access (OA).  The promotion of open access, however, must be pursued within the following contexts:

(1) respect for the freedom of academics to select the most appropriate venue for the publication of their research;

(2) global research and scholarly publishing realities and needs;

(3) the long-term viability of scholarly communication and the varying needs of diverse research communities.

CALJ Submission to cOAlition S

Plan S


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