As Plan S Takes Effect, Some Anticipate Inequitable Outcomes
As Plan S Takes Effect, Some Anticipate Inequitable Outcomes
The plan’s signatories seek to make the results of their funded research available to all, but some scientists say the transition to open access has led to climbing publication fees and could exacerbate global disparities.
As Plan S Takes Effect, Some Anticipate Inequitable Outcomes
As Plan S Takes Effect, Some Anticipate Inequitable Outcomes

The plan’s signatories seek to make the results of their funded research available to all, but some scientists say the transition to open access has led to climbing publication fees and could exacerbate global disparities.

The plan’s signatories seek to make the results of their funded research available to all, but some scientists say the transition to open access has led to climbing publication fees and could exacerbate global disparities.

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Scientists, Publishers Debate Paychecks for Peer Reviewers
Scientists, Publishers Debate Paychecks for Peer Reviewers
Shawna Williams | Nov 1, 2020
While some academics have called for compensation for assessing other scientists’ work, publishers haven’t warmed to the idea.
<em>Nature</em>-Branded Journals Announce First Open-Access Deal
Nature-Branded Journals Announce First Open-Access Deal
Max Kozlov | Oct 21, 2020
The agreement will enable authors at eligible German institutes to publish an estimated 400 open-access papers each year in Springer Nature journals from the Nature line of titles.
UK Group Tackles Reproducibility in Research
UK Group Tackles Reproducibility in Research
Emily Makowski | Jan 7, 2020
Last month, 10 UK universities became part of the UK Reproducibility Network, joining researchers, funders, journal publishers, and regulatory agencies.
University of California Loses Access to New Content in Elsevier Journals
University of California Loses Access to New Content in Elsevier Journals
Diana Kwon | Jul 12, 2019
The university and the publisher have been trying to forge a new licensing agreement for the last year.
Open-Access Program Plan S Relaxes Rules
Open-Access Program Plan S Relaxes Rules
Jef Akst | May 31, 2019
In response to concerns from the research and publishing communities, the European group pushes back the deadline for its full and immediate open-access mandate to 2021.
Norway Joins List of Countries Canceling Elsevier Contracts
Norway Joins List of Countries Canceling Elsevier Contracts
Catherine Offord | Mar 13, 2019
The publisher failed to meet requests for better access to research, a consortium of Norwegian institutions says.
With No Open Access Deal, UC Breaks with Elsevier
With No Open Access Deal, UC Breaks with Elsevier
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 1, 2019
After negotiating for eight months, the University of California becomes one of the first research institutions in the US to stop paying for access to the publisher’s journals.
German Institutions and Wiley Reach Open-Access Publishing Deal
German Institutions and Wiley Reach Open-Access Publishing Deal
Carolyn Wilke | Jan 16, 2019
The three-year contract, in which all articles will be published as open access in exchange for an annual fee for journal subscriptions, is a triumph for Project DEAL.
The Open Data Explosion
The Open Data Explosion
Viviane Callier | Jan 1, 2019
Scientists are working to maximize the benefits and minimize the costs of sharing.
Plan S: The Ambitious Initiative to End the Reign of Paywalls
Plan S: The Ambitious Initiative to End the Reign of Paywalls
Diana Kwon | Dec 19, 2018
A funder-driven push for freely accessible scholarly literature has divided the scientific community.
University of California and Elsevier Locked in Negotiations
University of California and Elsevier Locked in Negotiations
Carolyn Wilke | Dec 13, 2018
The UC system is pushing to change the subscription model and accelerate open access, but if there’s no contract agreement by December 31, faculty and students lose access altogether.
North American Universities Increasingly Cancel Publisher Packages
North American Universities Increasingly Cancel Publisher Packages
Diana Kwon | Jun 11, 2018
A growing number of libraries are unbundling their subscriptions to the full suite of publishers’ journals, opting for limited titles to save on costs.
Dutch Universities, Journal Publishers Agree on Open-Access Deals
Dutch Universities, Journal Publishers Agree on Open-Access Deals
Diana Kwon | Apr 17, 2018
Despite some difficult negotiations, academic institutions in the Netherlands have been securing subscriptions that combine publishing and reading into one fee.
French Scientists Petition for Firm Stance Against Springer
French Scientists Petition for Firm Stance Against Springer
Diana Kwon | Apr 11, 2018
More than 2,000 signatories urge a national consortium of French academic institutions to refuse an increase in journal subscription fees.
French Universities Cancel Subscriptions to Springer Journals
French Universities Cancel Subscriptions to Springer Journals
Diana Kwon | Mar 31, 2018
Negotiations between the publisher and a national consortium of academic institutions have reached a stalemate.
Sci-Hub Loses Domains and Access to Some Web Services
Sci-Hub Loses Domains and Access to Some Web Services
Diana Kwon | Feb 19, 2018
A few months after the American Chemical Society won its lawsuit against the pirate site, the game of virtual whack-a-mole continues.
South Korean Universities Make Deal with Elsevier
South Korean Universities Make Deal with Elsevier
Katarina Zimmer | Jan 16, 2018
A consortium of 300 universities and college libraries had taken a strong stance against the publishing giant’s price hikes. 
A Turbulent Year in the Publishing World
A Turbulent Year in the Publishing World
Diana Kwon | Dec 15, 2017
In 2017, scientists, regulators, and publishers clashed in a series of lawsuits, boycotts, mass resignations, and more.
A Growing Open Access Toolbox
A Growing Open Access Toolbox
Diana Kwon | Nov 28, 2017
Legal methods to retrieve paywalled articles for free are on the rise, but better self-archiving practices could help improve accessibility.