The ESA's Response to "PlanS"

Monday, March 18, 2019

ESA President Sue Scott issues response to PlanS regarding Open Access

The ESA publishes two scientific peer-reviewed journals European Societies and the European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology.
In the context of both our wider mission and our commitment to publishing high quality research via our journals we are making this response to COalitionS with regard to the proposals in PlanS.


The ESA recognises the need for a co-ordinated approach to OA and supports the desire to ensure that publishers are not making unacceptable profits from publicly funded research via ‘double dipping’ (NB there is no double payment when ‘funded’ papers in subscription journals are made available via Green OA). However, we have grave concerns about the some aspects of the plan, its timetable, and the unintended consequences, which could ensue and have severely adverse effects on research across Europe into the foreseeable future.

Read the full Response to PlanS here.