The LSA submitted comments earlier this week on "Plan S", a proposal by research funding agencies based in Europe that could have significant implications for the LSA's publishing operations, including our flagship journal, Language. The LSA has been monitoring developments related to Plan S since it was first issued by cOAlition S, a consortium of funders affiliated with the European Union. The plan would require authors with funding from those agencies to meet certain mandates for the types of journals where the results of their funded research could be published. While these mandates apply only to those authors with funding, they have the potential to radically alter the entire scholarly publishing landscape.

Read the LSA's comments here [pdf]. 

The LSA also signed a set of comments [pdf] prepared by multiple scientific scholarly society publishers.

As a follow-up to its comments, the LSA plans to disseminate a survey to the linguistics community on a range of scholarly publishing issues. Please look for that later this month.

Recommended reading on Plan S

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

Few open-access journals meet requirements of Plan S, study says 

American Anthropological Association Comments [pdf]

American Political Science Association Comments [pdf]