Description

The BioMed Alliance has created an Open Access Transition Working Group, which consists of representative 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.

Chair

Prof. Thierry Troosters

Highlights

  • 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. 

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