Public Statement on Plan S
Cambridge University Press exists to advance knowledge, learning and research. As part of our purpose, we disseminate high-quality research and drive its impact and reach, working with the academic communities we support. We fully endorse the benefits of open research and recognize the recent announcements about Plan S as an important contribution to the conversation about the ongoing transition.
There is a wide range of views about how to move forward with open research across different parts of the global academic community, which means the debate about how it should develop needs a process of wide consultation, as happened with the UK’s Finch report on open access six years ago.
We believe there are a number of specific developments which could help open research and its longer-term sustainability, including areas we have been working on such as:
1) Wider adoption of new business models which have been put in place in some countries, particularly models allowing APC-free open access including read-and-publish deals;
2) Improvements to the hybrid journal model to support academic communities where a full transition to open access isn’t yet possible;
3) A community standard for a fair and balanced Green OA policy, with publishers supporting institutions to meet funders’ open access requirements;
4) Ensuring academic freedom for researchers about where they can publish.
We are committed to playing a positive role in the development of open research, working in conjunction with our communities of researchers, institutions, learned societies and their funders.