May 18, 2020 – United Kingdom – From July 2022 only publishers who adhere to the newly approved Plan S price transparency frameworks will be eligible to access funds from cOAlition S members.
Adhering to Plan’s S key principle of transparent pricing, cOAlition S publishes today its guidance on implementing price transparency when Open Access (OA) publication fees are applied.
Specifically, cOAlition S announces that from July 1st, 2022 only publishers who provide data in line with one of the two endorsed price and service transparency frameworks will be eligible to receive OA publications funds from cOAlition S members. This covers funder contributions to any model of financing open access publications including, but not limited to, non-APC journals or platforms, article processing charges (APCs), transformative agreements, and transformative journals.
The two approved frameworks are:
• Breakdown of Publication Services and Fees developed by the Fair Open Access Alliance, which has been implemented by Frontiers, MIT Press, Copernicus and MPDI.
• Plan S Price and Transparency Framework developed by Information Power, which has been piloted by Annual Reviews, Brill, The Company of Biologists, EMBO Press, European Respiratory Society, F1000 Research, Hindawi, IOP Publishing, PLOS, and Springer Nature.
In line with the Plan S guidance, cOAlition S will only support open access publication fees which are fair and reasonable. cOAlition S foresees to provide details on where publishers should deposit data in line with either of the Frameworks no later than December 2021.
Further information about the Plan S Price Transparency Framework is available at https://www.informationpower.co.uk/launch-of-the-plan-s-price-transparency-framework