Big news in #OpenAccess:

- No more embargoes
- No more copyright transfer
- No hybrid journals
- A cap on APCs

...for practically all European-funded research from 2020 onwards. It's called #planS, and it's fantastic!

scienceeurope.org/coalition-s/

@Flockademic Great news! Sadly not a lot of national science funders are involved yet, let's hope that changes.

@lbs Eleven national funders are already involved, which I think is quite a lot! Furthermore, e.g. Germany's couldn't take part due to a conflict with their constitutions.

Participating countries:

- The Netherlands
- France
- The United Kingdom
- Sweden
- Norway
- Austria
- Switzerland
- Italy
- Poland
- Slovenia
- Luxembourg

@lbs In my opinion, what's most relevant is that these countries represent a significant chunk of research output. In other words, if journals like Nature or Science don't flip to Open Access, they will miss out on a lot of quality content and hence suffer in reputation.

If they *do* flip to Open Access, everyone benefits. In other words, it's not necessary for every country to take part.

@Flockademic That's an interesting point, thanks! Also, I was specifically wondering about Germany, it's interesting that they couldn't take part due to constitutions. Do you have any more infos or a resource on that?

@lbs That was mentioned in this article - it's in Dutch though, but Google Translate appears accurate: scienceguide.nl/2018/09/nwo-wi

The relevant quote, by the director of the Dutch scientific organisation:

> For example, in Germany, academic freedom has been enshrined in the constitution. It is defined broady enough to include full freedom for researchers to pick their publication venue. If a researcher were to sue for the right to publish in a paywalled journal, he will win.

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