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Nature Agrees to Support Plan S
Richard Van Noorden writes the following for Nature:
After a change in the rules of the bold open-access (OA) initiative known as Plan S, publisher Springer Nature said on 8 April that many of its non-OA journals—including Nature—were now committed to joining the plan, pending discussion of further technical details.
This means that Nature and other Nature-branded journals that publish original research will now look to offer an immediate OA route after January 2021 to scientists who want it, or whose funders require it, a spokesperson says. (Nature is editorially independent of its publisher, Springer Nature.)
The announcement marks the first time that the publisher has said its most prestigious journals will be compliant with Plan S, meaning that researchers whose funders have joined the OA initiative should be able to continue publishing there. Previously, Springer Nature had said it wanted to offer an OA route in these titles, but not unless Plan S rules changed.
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