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Clarivate Analytics Studies Impacts of Plan S Initiative
Clarivate Analytics’ Institute for Scientific Information released the second report in its Global Research series, “The Plan S Footprint: Implications for the Scholarly Publishing Landscape,” which uses Web of Science journal data to help pose questions for stakeholders in the research community. According to the blog post, the report “examines recent patterns of publications funded by Plan S supporters, exploring potential impacts on funders, subjects, countries, publishers, and journals.”
Findings lead to questions such as the following:
- Some research areas have very few journals that are currently Plan S compliant. Without carefully paced transition to allow for the emergence of new titles, is there a risk of unusual constraints and disjunctions in publishing opportunities in affected subjects?
- Citations are not a defining metric of quality, but might the restructuring of the spread of well-cited papers have unplanned contingent consequences?
- The large publishers, with a diverse stable of titles, will be influential in discussions, but there are many small publishers, including those linked to learned societies, who publish an important part of the Plan S funded output in serials central to their discipline. Will transition be more difficult for them and, if so, can this be managed effectively but flexibly?
For more information, read the blog post.
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