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Happy World Oceans Day 2019!

Saturday the 8th of June is World Oceans Day. With the health of the world's oceans in sharper focus than ever this year, WOD2019 looks to be the biggest yet, with hundreds of events happening in every corner of the world. The WOD website lists over 100 events in the UK alone, including beach cleaning, fund-raising events, and in Dundee they created a 'human wave' consisting of 'blue' people to show support for creating ocean sanctuaries - sections of protected oceans.

The University of St Andrews has long maintained a strong commitment to Marine Science, building the Gatty laboratory in 1896 - you can read more about the history of the lab here - http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/soi/files/2018/04/GattyHistory.pdf. The University has also invested over £16m in a new Scottish Oceans Institute Gatty laboratory, due to be completed this year.

To mark the day we have looked through the extensive St Andrews Research Repository, and have picked out a paper that highlight…

Plan S revised guidelines released

Following an extensive consultation exercise, the group of funders known as cOAlition S has released revised implementation guidelines for Plan S. Plan S is an initiative for Open Access publishing that was unveiled in September 2018, and is committed to "making full and immediate Open Access a reality". The revised Plan S guidelines retain the fundamental principles as originally announced, but in order to provide more time for researchers and publishers to adapt to the changes under Plan S, the timeline has been extended by one year to 2021.

We fully support the aims of Plan S, and welcome the new guidelines which have taken around 600 responses into account. A full account of the rationale behind the changes can be found at: https://www.coalition-s.org/rationale-for-the-revisions/

Plan S will still require all scholarly articles that result from research funded by members of cOAlition S to be made openly available upon publication, with three possible routes:
Publishe…