Annual Meeting Report

Open Access and Plan S: An International Comparison


MODERATOR: Jennifer Deyton Senior Partner J&J Editorial Cary, North Carolina SPEAKERS: Brittany Swett Executive Director J&J Editorial Cary, North Carolina Margaret Perkins Managing Editor New England Journal of Medicine Boston, Massachusetts REPORTER: Judy Connors Owner Do It Write Editorial, LLC Metro Philadelphia are The impetus for this informative and timely discussion on Plan S was the ABEC (Associação Brasileira de Editores Cientificos) meeting in Brazil, where most journals are already Open Access (OA) and would not be affected as severely as other non-OA journals would be by the European move towards OA/Plan S. The persistent question is how other countries would address the potential implementation of Plan S. This session was developed to identify differences in potential Plan S implementation between the United States, South America, North America, Asia, and Europe. While the COVID-19 global pandemic has certainly slowed international participation, starting this conversation is critical. The first speaker, Brittany Swett, discussed what editorial offices need to know now about Plan S. The publishing landscape ecosystem is complex and includes many participants—libraries, society publishers, authors, institutions, and commercial publishers—and, as such, publishing vendors, innovator/technology groups, non-profits and consultants all have a role to play in developing a plan. Swett stated, “The general disruption of the digital age, technology uses, and the speed of knowledge exchange have all caused a continual evolution in the landscape of sharing data.” The scholarly publishing environment has undergone a transition, starting in the late 1990s when journal mergers and acquisitions dictated a new infrastructure for […]

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