What is cOAlition S?
cOAlition S is an international group of research funders—including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—who are committed to working together to advance open access. They support the implementation of Plan S, which spells out 10 guiding principles for the future of open access publishing. As of January 1, 2021, all members of cOAlition S will require the recipients of their funds to adhere to open access policies.
What is Plan S?
cOAlition S’s set of 10 guiding principles for the future of open access publishing.
Why did the foundation join cOAlition S?
The urgency of today’s biggest challenges requires us to continue taking bold steps to innovate and share research, yet non-compliant journals in the broader publishing system have not evolved their policies to meet this need. Further, we believe authors should be able to retain the rights to their work no matter where they choose to publish it. If more research is freely available, accessible, and reusable, then more lives could be saved and more people could reach their full potential. We believe the best way to accomplish these goals is to work with other organizations who are seeking to make positive change by investing more in open access.
What is the Rights Retention Strategy?
cOAlition S has developed a Rights Retention Strategy to give researchers supported by a cOAlition S Organisation the freedom to publish in their journal of choice, including subscription journals, whilst remaining fully compliant with Plan S.
The foundation will be updating our grant conditions before January 2021 with the aim of ensuring that our Funded Developments, and anyone supported/associated with the grant, can publish in any journal they choose and remain fully compliant.
By accepting our grant conditions, grantees agree to make their research articles open access in line with our policy. However, when grantholders submit their articles for publication, they are often asked to sign a publishing agreement that gives away their rights to deposit in an open access repository, and to publish under a public copyright – CC BY – license. This makes compliance with our open access policy difficult or impossible.
Under the updated conditions, grantees will automatically apply a CC BY licence to all future author accepted manuscripts reporting original research supported in whole, or in part, by our grant funding. This will ensure they are compliant with our open access policy.
The approach has been endorsed by cOAlition S funders.