Many researchers whose work is funded by a Plan S signatory now have greater choice in where to publish, as ACS’ subscription journals have recently been awarded Transformative Journal status by cOAlition S – reinforcing our commitment to widening availability of cutting-edge research articles in chemistry and related sciences.
Plan S is an initiative supported by many research funders worldwide, with the goal of accelerating the uptake of open access. Researchers whose work is funded by a Plan S signatory are required to make their research papers publicly available with a broad CC BY reuse license immediately upon publication.
Most Plan S funders have agreed to support costs for their researchers who publish in open access journals, providing these are ‘gold’ OA journals which immediately make research papers freely available to readers, ‘hybrid’ subscription and open access journals that are included in transformational agreements such as ACS Read + Publish Agreements, or Transformative Journals – publications that have committed to becoming fully open access in the future, with clear annual targets for growing the proportion of open articles they publish. Any researcher whose funder’s open access policy is fully aligned with Plan S including the Transformative Journal component can now choose to publish in their preferred ACS journal, and receive funder support until 31 December 2024.
“ACS is committed to furthering sustainable open access in the chemical sciences while also giving authors the greatest amount of choice possible,” said Sybille Geisenheyner, Director of Open Access Strategy and Licensing for ACS Publications. “Transformative Journals put open access within reach for thousands more authors, ensuring a greater proportion of the literature is free for everyone to read and reuse.”
More information is available on the ACS Open Science website.