Accelerate the transition to Open Access

Published on
October 1, 2018

A few weeks ago the association of European research funding organisations presented a plan to accelerate the transition to Open Access. Library director Hubert Krekels explains what this means for WUR researchers.

In September, Science Europe (the association of European research funding organisations, including NWO) announced that all publications from research funded by participating organisations must be published in Gold Open Access journals by 2020. This so-called Plan S is supported by the Dutch universities (VSNU).

Plan S sends a clear signal to publishers and other stakeholders that they should make the transition to Open Access quickly. The plan aims to make more scientific publications freely available to everyone.

Science Europe is explicit in its requirement for researchers to publish only in Open Access journals by 31 December 2021, at the latest.

Earlier this year, VSNU presented a Roadmap Open Access 2018-2020 to stimulate more researchers to publish Open Access. One of the five strategies mentioned in the document is to negotiate Open Access contracts with big publishers, to make them 'flip' from hybrid journal constructions to the full (Gold) Open Access model.

To date, several 'big deals' with publishers already include an Open Access component. But, overall, negotiations have not yet produced a large scale transition of publishers from hybrid to Gold Open Access journals. In other words, we still have a long way to go to fully implement the new European and Dutch Open Access policies.

To read about the financial arrangements available to WUR authors for Open Access publishing, see the WUR Open Access pages and the WUR Journal browser. NWO and VSNU will soon present Questions & Answers describing the implications of Plan S for Dutch researchers. Keep posted with the Library news or contact our Open Access specialists at the Library.