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Open access - help shape national policy

The National Open Research Forum (NORF) in conjunction with the Royal Irish Academy, will host a meeting on Tuesday 22 January 2018 about Plan S - an EU wide initiative to make open access publishing a reality.

Plan S - making full and immediate open access a reality

The session will raise awareness of Science Europe’s 'Plan S' and its implications for Irish researchers seeking public research funding, both in Ireland and from the European Union, after 1 January 2020.

It will brief the research community on the work of the National Open Research Forum and IReL in positioning Ireland to engage with open research and the open access agenda. It will also invite researchers’ views to inform the development of Ireland’s national response to the Plan S consultation, and to inform next steps nationally.

Dr Patricia Clarke, Programme Manager–Policy and EU Funding at the HRB says,

'Plan S will require that from 2020, scientific publications that result from research funded by public grants must be published in compliant Open Access journals or platforms.

Plan S has sparked a public debate concerning the best way for Irish research to make the transition to full and immediate open access for publications. This meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss together both the opportunities offered by Plan S and any concerns about its implementation. The output from this meeting will inform Ireland’s national response to Plan S'.

Places are limited must be booked in advance with the Royal Irish Academy via email at

More information about the event and the speakers can be found at the Royal Irish Academy website