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Plan S - What you need to know

(28 February 2020)

If you expect to be publishing your research findings, are a member of a journal editorial board or manage a journal, or your PhD is funded by a research council after January 2022, please read on; this information is important to you.

What is Plan S?

Plan S is a statement of intentions from a group of national research funding organisations, including UKRI (comprising the UK Research Councils and Research England), and the Wellcome Trust, to align their open access policies around a core set of agreed principles to expand open access to scholarly publications.

“With effect from 2021, all scholarly publications on the results from research funded by public or private grants provided by national, regional and international research councils and funding bodies, must be published in Open Access Journals, on Open Access Platforms, or made immediately available through Open Access Repositories without embargo.”

You can find additional information, including the university's response to the Plan S consultation in February 2019, on our web pages at:

Please help us shape Plan S and UKRI Open Access Policy

On 13 February, UKRI Published its draft Open Access Policy, which is aligns with the ambition of Plan S. The UKRI is currently consulting on this draft policy, with a deadline for a response in April 2020

As part of our approach to collecting feedback from across the University, we need your expertise and views to shape Durham’s response. Due to UCU Strike Action, we have postponed some initial Q&A sessions, but will reschedule for later in March. Please watch for further information

In advance of these workshops, a draft response highlighting particular areas where feedback from the Durham community would be valued, will be made available to help inform discussion. This draft will be drafted with the support of Faculty Deputy Executive Deans, and will also seek input from our Plan S Academic Advisory Group.

Alternatively, please email to share your views.

Details about the consultation can be found at:

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