Plan S: Final version published

June 2019 saw the release of the revised principles and guidelines of Plan S after a consultation phase. Taking into account the feedback and input received, Plan S now has an extended transitional period and only comes into effect in 2021 (as opposed to the earlier 2020 date). FWF projects are impacted in the following ways:

  • Plan S applies to all FWF research projects submitted after 1 January 2021. Peer-reviewed scholarly articles that result from these projects have to be made available, with open access being ensured without delay. The immediate Open Access requirement will effectively apply to FWF-funded projects in late 2021 or early 2022. For other publication formats, chiefly monographies and edited volumes, a binding set of rules will be laid down by year-end 2021.
  • There are three ways to fulfil the Plan S Open Access requirement: 1) Publication in an open access journal or on an open access platform (Gold Open Access); 2) archiving of the publication in an open-access repository without embargo periods, with authors retaining their copyright (Green Open Access). Open Access conditions will also be deemed fulfilled if 3) the research institutions and/or funding organisations have concluded a transformative agreement with the publishers that allows open access publication by the authors.
  • As in the past 15 years, FWF will actively contribute to funding Open Access publications in Austria and expand its funding volumes where necessary.

Additional information:

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With Plan S, which will be implemented by special funding agencies from 1 January 2021, a new Open Access policy will come into force for project participants. The new policy should accelerate the transition to a complete and immediate open access. Plan S is supported by the members of the so-called cOAlition S. Currently there are 18 funding agencies, including FWF. Information on this website is based on the Guidance on the Implementation of Plan S.

Last updated: 4 June 2019