The BioMed Alliance has created an Open Access Transition Working Group, which consists of representatives interested in publishing. They jointly discuss policies and initiatives related to Open Access publishing, such as Plan S.

The vast majority of BioMed Alliance members have a publishing programme, and together number around 70 journal titles. Within this portfolio, there are both fully open access journals and hybrid subscription journals.


Prof. Thierry Troosters


  • BioMed Alliance Statement October 2020: Open Access Initiatives must not create inequality

    In a statement published on 5 October 2020, medical societies from the Open Access Transition Working Group of the BioMed Alliance highlight a series of concerns around Plan S. They also express their support for a European Research Council statement from 20 July stating the ERC’s concerns around this open access initiative and announcing their withdrawal from cOAlition S.

    The main concerns of BioMed Alliance regarding Plan S are focussed on the consequences for: researchers (including inequality and rising costs), guaranteeing the quality of research (especially in health research) and hybrid journals (which play an essential role in informing health care professionals through medical society publications).

    The full statement is available here.

  • Panel Discussion Spring Meeting 2019

    During the BioMed Alliance Spring Meeting on 14 May 2019, we organised a panel discussion on Plan S with the Plan S interim coordinator, a European Commission representative and experts in publishing from our member organisations.

    The discussions on Plan S showed that medical societies still have many concerns about Plan S and that there are also certain misunderstandings. The conclusion was that further discussions are needed to ensure a smooth implementation of Plan S. We followed up during the General Assembly that same year with an update on the implementation, highlighting that the application was postponed by one year.

  • Plan S statement

    In February 2019, BioMed Alliance issued a statement outlining its feedback on Plan S. The statement welcomes the initiative proposed by Coalition S and supports the promotion of open access publishing. Nonetheless, it expresses certain concerns about the scope and implementation of Plan S, which aims to promote open access and ensure that scientific publications that receive funding from its members are made freely accessible immediately upon publication. 

We use cookies to improve your experience on our website. By browsing this website, you agree to our use of cookies.