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27 Feb 2019

Robert-Jan Smits finishes mandate as EC's Special Envoy for Open Access

On 28 February 2018, Robert-Jan Smits, the European Commission’s Special Envoy for Open Access and one of the main architects of Plan S, will finish his mandate. Mr Smits will start a new position as President of the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. Marc Schiltz, President of Science Europe, said “Robert-Jan’s vision gave shape to the ten principles of Plan S and his leadership and commitment were instrumental in bringing together the impressive list of research funders that have joined cOAlition S.”

Robert Kiley, Head of Open Research at the Wellcome Trust, will act as cOAlition S coordinator until a new Plan S ‘Champion’ is appointed.

Plan S is an initiative for Open Access publishing that was launched in September 2018. The plan is supported by cOAlition S, an international consortium of research funders. Plan S requires that, from 2020, scientific publications that result from research funded by public grants must be published in compliant Open Access journals or platforms.

cOAlition S Press Release

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