Many researchers would like to make their publications available to wider audiences, but open access is not the only criterion they consider when publishing their work. Researchers are also interested in publishing services, particularly ones that enhance the quality of their research, raise the standard of their publication, and help their books reach the right audiences.
Plan S, an initiative developed by major research funders, made the headlines when the funders’ requirement on open access publishing of research articles was pushed through with a time frame of only a few years. Since then, the academic world has waited for their statement on monographs and edited collections. The statement has now been published, and the accompanying recommendations reveal that the diversity of scholarly publishing has been considered more than in the Plan S guidelines.