Implementation guidelines for Plan S

Plan S – an initiative of European research funders to accelerate the transition to Open Access – will apply to all new NWO calls published as of 1 January 2021. To give researchers sufficient time to prepare, on 1 July 2020 NWO has announced how it will implement the guidelines for Plan S in its Grant Rules.

The Netherlands well prepared

The Netherlands is well prepared for Plan S. A considerable proportion of the publications resulting from NWO funding are covered by the transformative agreements that Dutch universities have made with various publishers. It was recently announced that a similar contract was concluded with Elsevier. Moreover, a sizeable proportion of the Dutch articles are already published in fully Open Access journals or shared via the green route. More than 60% of the publications resulting from NWO funding are already open access, according to a recent analysis by CWTS. The implementation of Plan S has been the subject of consultations between NWO and a large number of stakeholders in the Netherlands. NWO remains alert to any potentially negative consequences and will monitor the effects of Plan S annually.

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