A response of the Fair Open Access Alliance
We write to provide a counter view to the recent open letter (“Plan S: Too Far, Too Risky”),1 partly based on our FOAA recommendations for the implementation of Plan S.2 We are glad to note that the researchers who have signed the open letter support open access as their very first principle. However, the letter itself goes on to make a number of highly problematic and logically fallacious statements with which we strongly disagree and here contest.
FOAA recommendations on the Implementation of Plan S
The Fair Open Access Alliance (FOAA) enthusiastically welcomed and endorsed the bold proposal of cOAlition S to accelerate the transition to Open Access in Europe during the OASPA conference September 2018 in Vienna.
FOAA Board recommendations for the implementation of Plan S
Signed on 4 September 2018, Plan Sis an open access initiative signed by thirteen EU members.
With the support of the European Commission and the European Research Council (ERC), the
thirteen national funding organisations form the cOALition S, which will work on a coordinated
manner to implement the Plan’s key principle: “After 1 January 2020 scientific publications on
the results from research funded by public grants provided by national and European research
councils and funding bodies, must be published in compliant Open Access Journals or on compliant
Open Access Platforms.”
Press release, September 19th 2018, COASPA – Vienna
The Fair Open Access Alliance (FOAA) enthusiastically welcomes and endorses the bold proposal of cOAlition S to accelerate the transition to Open Access in Europe.
The cOAlition S plan requires grantees to publish in compliant Open Access journals by 2020.
Public statement TTOA consortium
The TTOA Consortium is an initiative of the Fair Open Access Alliance (www.fairopenaccess.org) and includes ‘native’ open access publishers, traditional subscription-based publishers, and open access publishers that do not charge authors: PLOS, MDPI, De Gruyter, Open Edition, Copernicus Publications, Ubiquity Press, Brill, and OLH. In addition to these publishers, the following organizations are collaborating partners: CWTS (Leiden University), QOAM, MPDL.
Download pdf (full article) Public statement TTOA consortium
The German National Library of Science and Technology has signed up to support Fair Open Access via FOAA, see for more information:
Quoting from the press release:
“Prof. Johan Rooryck, President of FOAA, was pleased to welcome the German National Library of Science and Technology on board: “TIB has agreed to support one of the journals of Mathematics in Open Access (MathOA) that are flipping to Fair Open Access. TIB is the first Supporting Participant to join us since we started FOAA in the summer of 2017, and we hope to welcome many more libraries and organisations in the future. We have set up a participant program for this purpose.”