[IRTalk] FW: Coalition S Rights Retention Strategy

Van der Westhuizen, Ansie vdwesapj at unisa.ac.za
Thu Jul 16 11:33:45 SAST 2020

Dear Colleagues

See Coalition S Rights Retention Strategy announcement in the email from Kathleen Shearer below. Good news for repositories and authors.

Kind regards

Ansie van der Westhuizen

Non-Commercial Digital Developer (Institutional Repository)

Department of Library Services

University of South Africa

vdwesapj at unisa.ac.za

From: Members <members-bounces at lists.coar-repositories.org<mailto:members-bounces at lists.coar-repositories.org>> On Behalf Of Kathleen Shearer
Sent: 15 July 2020 3:20 PM
To: members <members at coar-repositories.org<mailto:members at coar-repositories.org>>
Subject: [COAR Members] Coalition S Rights Retention Strategy

Dear members and partners

I’m pleased to share with you a new requirement by Coalition S funders to strengthen the repository route of Plan S.

They have announced today that funded researchers will retain their rights to Authors Accepted Manuscripts of Version of Record in order to be able to post them immediately in a repository. They are requesting that subscription publishers modify their policies to support this.

You can find the full announcement is linked, summary below: https://www.coalition-s.org/coalition-s-develops-rights-retention-strategy/

Let’s hope this trend spreads beyond just Coalition S funders.

All the best,



cOAlition S develops “Rights Retention Strategy” to safeguard researchers’ intellectual ownership rights and suppress unreasonable embargo periods


Publishers commonly require authors to sign exclusive publishing agreements which restrict what authors can do with their research findings, including making articles Open Access in line with their funders’ requirements. To address this problem, cOAlition S has developed a Rights Retention Strategy<https://www.coalition-s.org/rights-retention-strategy/>, which will empower their funded researchers to publish in their journal of choice, including subscription journals, and provide Open Access in compliance with Plan S.
One of the three Plan S routes to achieve full and immediate Open Access is via repositories, where, as a minimum, the Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM) is made openly available under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence or equivalent, without any embargo.
The Rights Retention Strategy<https://www.coalition-s.org/rights-retention-strategy/> is designed to ensure that all cOAlition S funded scholarly publications are available as Open Access. In practical terms, it enables researchers to retain sufficient intellectual ownership rights in their work to make the AAM Open Access at the time of publication with a CC BY license.
“The COVID-19 crisis has clearly shown that embargo periods are indefensible. No private or business interests can justify that new and original research results are held back for 6 or 12 months from other scientists, practitioners, governments and authorities, medical staff, patients and patient associations – especially those who are economically disadvantaged, who cannot afford expensive access tolls”, emphasizes Marc Schiltz, President of Science Europe and Chair of the cOAlition S Leaders Group.

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