cOAlition S issues transformative journal framework
cOAlition S has issued an addendum to its Plan S implementation guidance in the form of a draft framework for transformative journals, defined as journals clearly committed to transitioning to full and immediate open access which are gradually increasing their share of open access content and offsetting subscription income from payments for publishing services.
Among the mandatory criteria for a journal to qualify as transformative, it must increase its percentage of OA content by eight percentage points annually before converting to full OA either when that percentage reaches 50%, or by an agreed date before the end of 2024. In doing so, it must not increase its overall costs during the transition process but instead ensure ‘cost-neutrality’.
Publishers of journals wishing to have them acknowledged as transformative by cOAlition S must also publicly announce their commitment to transition not only all the journals they own, but also the maximum possible number of journals they publish. Publishers must also demonstrate transparent pricing, breaking down prices by services, and demonstrate that there has been no double-dipping. They will be expected to provide an annual public report to cOAlition S measuring progress, demonstrating compliance with its requirements, and comparing the usage, citations and cost per download of OA and subscription content.
cOAlition S is now seeking stakeholder input on the draft framework by 6 January 2020 before the final version is published in March.
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Alastair Horne is a PhD student at the British Library and Bath Spa University.