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The final version of Plan S has been published by COAlition S, a consortium of international research funders in which NWO (including ZonMw) participates.

cOAlition S aims to accelerate the transition to open access of all academic publications. Plan S requires that, from 2021, scientific publications that result from research funded by public grants must be published open access immediately.

The publication of the final version, that was published on May 31, 2019, follows a consultation process, which was closed in February. Major revisions are:

  • Plan S which will now take effect from 1 January 2021 (instead of 2020),
  • the compliance via the green route (self-archiving in repostitory) is more clear,
  • when assessing research outputs during funding decisions, funders will value the intrinsic merit of the work and not its impact factor or metrics.

Questions about Plan S or open access publishing? Please send an email to or consult the support page of the Library.

Information Session on Plan S
The Library is organizing an information session about Plan S for UvA researchers. The meeting was scheduled at the end of June, but has been canceled due to the summer period. Keep an eye on the Library website for the new date of the session and the latest developments in the field of open access publishing.

Last modified: 24 June 2019