Plan S - The University of Edinburgh
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In principle, the Library Research Support Team welcomes this initiative as it should finally provide a means of moving away from the ‘hybrid’ model - which sees us paying article-processing charges (APCs) and subscriptions to the same journals. Also the enforcement of embargo periods, some of great length in certain subject areas, has meant that our most recent research was not available to the general public when that knowledge was most recent, and perhaps at its most useful.
The primary aim of Plan S is to incentivise publishers to change their business models to Gold Open Access, whereby APCs are charged but no subscription. Some publishers are claiming that authors will no longer be able to publish in their journals - but this would not be the case if they were to change some of their policies.