Funding agencies say open access is covered  

University librarians and open access strategy experts back the European Plan S, which requires which calls for all scholarly publications which result from publicly funded research to be published in OA journals or OA platforms from 2020 (CMM yesterday).

But the big funding agencies and peak uni group are unfazed by any implications for them.

The National Health and Medical Research Council says it will consult with relevant parties about Plan S but that publications based on research it funds, “must be made openly accessible in an institutional repository or other acceptable location (e.g. publisher website, subject repositories) within a 12-month period.”

Except, that is, when they aren’t. The NHNRC policy also states; “If authors are unable to make their publications open access within 12 months of the date of publication for any reason, this must be clearly indicated in the publication record listed in the NHMRC grants management system.”

The Australian Research Council  is also adamant about open access, with a policy stating, “any research output arising from ARC funded research must be made openly accessible within a twelve-month period from the publication date.” Except when, like the NHMRC, it isn’t; “in cases where this requirement cannot be met for any reason, including legal or contractual obligations, final reports must provide reasons why research outputs derived from ARC funded research have not been made openly accessible within a twelve-month period.

CMM also asked Universities Australia what it thinks about Plan S but it wasn’t commenting.



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