Funder Mandates and A Potential Change in Laboratory Dynamics - The Scholarly Kitchen
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"While the RCUK policy has been enormously successful (over 52% of the UK’s research output is now available through OA channels), much of the rest of the research world chose instead to move toward Green OA policies, and the UK has remained on the hook for those increased spending levels. A great deal of recent efforts in the UK have centered around cost reduction and working with publishers toward creative approaches to offsetting deals.
Plan S faces similar financial issues, largely because so far, its members represent a relatively small slice of the total number of research papers published. US federal funding agencies have stated that they do not plan to sign on to Plan S and despite one public pro-OA statement, there has been no indication that China is going to sign on either. The good news is that offsetting deals (“Read and Publish” or “Publish and Read”) are more common and should help reduce additional spending. However, given the still unclear demands that such deals be “transformative”, these deals may be harder to come by if they require binding promises toward near-future upheavals in business models.
That said, Plan S is a different beast than the RCUK policy because it eliminates hybrid OA journals as a path to compliance, and thus creates a more limited range of options for funded researchers to remain in their funder’s good graces. This has the potential to upset the traditional mentor/mentee relationship in researcher groups, as the needs of the laboratory head may be put in direct conflict with those of the student or postdoc...."