Statement on Plan S of the BioMed Alliance Working Group

Communication material Plan S statement

General instructions:

The BioMed Alliance Open Access Transition Taskforce drafted a new statement highlighting concerns around the Open Access initiative Plan S. The statement was finalised on 5 October and published on the BioMed Alliance website on 6 October. It can be shared on your website and social media channels, please tag the BioMed Alliance.

Materials:

Draft website article

<New BioMed Alliance Statement: Open Access Initiatives must not create inequality

Together with medical societies from the Open Access Transition Working Group of the BioMed Alliance we published a statement on 5 October highlighting a series of concerns around Plan S. The statement also expresses support for a European Research Council statement from 20 July stating the ERC’s concerns around this open access initiative and announcing their withdrawal from cOAlition S.

Our main concerns regarding Plan S are focussed on the consequences for: researchers (including inequality and rising costs), guaranteeing the quality of research (especially in health research) and hybrid journals (which play an essential role in informing health care professionals through medical society publications).

The full statement is available here.>

Draft tweets:

<In a new statement on #PlanS, @BioMedAlliance members highlight the importance of protecting #researchers' needs in #OpenAccess initiatives and argue that they must not create inequality https://www.biomedeurope.org/news/2020/245-new-biomed-alliance-statement-open-access-initiatives-must-not-create-inequality.html>

 <Together with our partners in the @BioMedAlliance, we call upon #OpenAccess initiatives like #PlanS to ensure they do not create inequality. Read more here: https://www.biomedeurope.org/news/2020/245-new-biomed-alliance-statement-open-access-initiatives-must-not-create-inequality.html >

<Open access initiatives risk increasing #inequality in the #research sector, read the new @BioMedAlliance statement highlighting concerns of medical societies around #PlanS https://www.biomedeurope.org/news/2020/245-new-biomed-alliance-statement-open-access-initiatives-must-not-create-inequality.html >

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