On January 1, Science published a news story by Jeffrey Brainard about Plan S and Open Access publishing (the story is available here). Brainard’s story describes Plan S (a mainly European initiative mandating free and immediate access to articles published by authors supported by public grants) and provides a primer on the state of Open Access publishing, how it benefits authors, and some of the criticisms of the OA financial model. Academic Analytics and the Academic Analytics Research Center (AARC) strongly support Open Access publishing, and we are delighted that a recently published article by AARC researchers Anthony J. Olejniczak and Molly J. Wilson was discussed in the news article (our article can be downloaded from the publisher’s site: https://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/full/10.1162/qss_a_00091). Open Access publishing is a major step forward for the publishing industry, but an author’s ability to afford article processing charges should not determine whether that author’s work is freely and immediately available to their colleagues and the public.