Open-access science funders announce price transparency rules for publishers

(18 May 2020) Science journals will have to disclose the costs of publishing articles in order for them to be paid for by a coalition of research funders pushing for open access.

The price transparency rules, which will take effect in July 2022, were announced today by cOAlition S, a group of 22 international organizations, European national research agencies, and foundations. In 2018, cOAlition S launched a scheme called Plan S that will, beginning in January 2021, require grantees’ work to be open access, meaning it can be read free of charge immediately on publication. One route to accomplish this is for authors to pay journals a fee for each article published this way.

More details can be found in Science here.