Plan to make publisher pricing transparent

European open access initiative Plan S, announces a “journal comparison service”

It is for publishers to report on each of their journals and includes, publication frequency, peer review process, article processing charges, subscription costs and what they buy. Data is secure on-line for librarians.

“Such information will allow libraries, library consortia, and funders to understand better how the fees they pay are commensurate with the publication services they receive, OS states.