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Plan S comparison tool opens for publisher data

Tool to “shed light” on fees and services is intended to let academia assess value

The open-access initiative Plan S has begun inviting publishers to submit data for its planned tool to enable libraries and funders to compare the nature and costs of publishing services on offer, to help them achieve better value for money.

The Journal Comparison Service, which opened to publishers on 24 May, aims to “shed light” on publishing by enabling authorised users to compare the prices charged for various services, as well as aspects of those services such as publication frequency and times from submission to publication.

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