The world debates open-access mandates

04 January 2019  Vol 363, Issue 6422

In Depth
The world debates open-access mandates
By Tania Rabesandratana
Science04 Jan 2019 : 11-12 Full Access
Spurred by European funders behind Plan S, many countries consider similar moves.
In the wake of China’s expressing strong support in December 2018 for Plan S, the Europe-backed program to mandate immediate open access to scientific literature, researchers wonder how far the plan will spread. The program has drawn support from many scientists but concerns from others, and from publishers (including AAAS, publisher of Science). Science looks at which countries’ funders are likely to join and which aren’t, and whether Plan S is poised to shake up scientific publishing or remain a project that applies to only a small fraction of the world’s scientific papers