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Plan S seeks further feedback from researchers

Funders want to know how open-access initiative has affected researchers’ publishing practices

Funders behind the open-access initiative Plan S are calling on researchers to provide more feedback on their experiences of publishing in line with its principles.

Under Plan S, participating funders require the researchers they support to make resulting papers openly available immediately. Authors must also retain rights over the version of their paper accepted for publication by a journal.

“A second iteration of the survey, initially launched in March 2021, has been created to facilitate feedback from the research community,” Plan S announced on its website on 25 May.

The survey asks questions on scholars’ careers; what they wish to see funders do in regard to open access; how Plan S has affected their publishing practices; and whether they are aware of the Plan S rights retention strategy.

Researchers will be able to submit their responses until 23 June. Plan S said it “will be opening this survey periodically throughout 2021”.