Feedback to Coalition S on Plan S Implementation Guidelines

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Jonathan Tennant ; Mark C. Wilson ; Dmitri Zaitsev ; Christian Gogolin (2019)

Feedback to Coalition S on Plan S Implementation Guidelines (Dr) Jonathan Tennant, Institute for Globally Distributed Open Research and Education (Dr) Mark C. Wilson, University of Auckland; cofounder Free Journal Network and Publishing Reform Forum, board member MathOA (Dr) Dmitri Zaitsev, School of Mathematics, Trinity College Dublin; cofounder Publishing Reform Forum and Free Journal Network, strategy at MathOA (Dr) Christian Gogolin, University of Cologne, cofounder Quantum - the open journal for quantum science; board member Free Journal Network We argue that Coalition members should favour, both in words and via their spending decisions, community-controlled, no-author-fee journals over commercially owned journals charging APCs. This is for reasons of fairness, economic efficiency, and sustainability. We see Plan S as a strong statement and step in the right direction, but encourage Coalition members to be more forward-thinking about how they want the future scholarly publishing market to look, and make sure that they are giving due consideration to the non-commercial elements of the ecosystem.
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