Opinion: “Plan S” falls short for society publishers—and for the researchers they serve

@article{McNutt2019OpinionS,
  title={Opinion: “Plan S” falls short for society publishers—and for the researchers they serve},
  author={Marcia K. McNutt},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
  year={2019},
  volume={116},
  pages={2400 - 2403}
}
  • M. McNutt
  • Published 25 January 2019
  • Education
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Over the course of my long scientific career, I have had experience with academic publishing from several perspectives: as an author, as an associate editor of both academic and for-profit journals, as chair of a society’s journals board, as editor-in-chief of a major society journal ( Science ), and now as the chief executive of a membership organization (the National Academy of Sciences) that publishes a highly regarded society journal (PNAS). While for-profit publishers do bring value to the… 

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