Plan S and small scholarly societies (comment)

Margaret DeLacy's picture

"New Deals Could Help Scientific Societies Survive Open Access by Jeffey Brainard for Science Magazine, Sept. 16, 2019

Friends:

The grant makers associated with Plan S are trying to find ways to implement their proposal without destroying the financial base of small scientific and learned societies.  According to an article, "New Deals Could Help Scientific Societies Survive Open Access by Jeffey Brainard for Science Magazine, Sept. 16, 2019 that appeard yesterday,

" . . . funders backing Plan S, the European-led effort to speed the transition to open access, released a set of contract templates and tips meant to help small, independent publishers reach deals with libraries that would eventually eliminate subscriptions while protecting revenue. The project also helped arrange pilots, which may soon be inked, that use the guidance; they will allow researchers served by library consortia to publish an unlimited number of open-access articles in return for a set fee paid to societies."

The Biochemical Society is discussing an arrangement for its seven journals with JISC, a non-profit in the UK that serves about 180 British libraries.  The Society and two other scholarly societies are also in discussions with the  Council of Australian University Librarians.  That is good news for scholars who are affiliated with societies and universities.  It is not clear to me where it leaves independent scholars--surely the smallest of small entities.  JISC is great if you happen to be British.