On 4 September 2018, a group of national research funding organisations, with the support of the European Commission and the European Research Council (ERC), announced the launch of cOAlition S, an initiative to make full and immediate Open Access to research publications a reality. It is built around Plan S, which consists of one target and 10 principles.
cOAlition S signals the commitment to implement the necessary measures to fulfil its main principle:
The initiative was born from the cooperation between the Heads of the participating Research Funding Organisations, Marc Schiltz the President of Science Europe, and Robert-Jan Smits, previously the Open Access Envoy of the European Commission. It also drew on significant input from the Scientific Council of the ERC.
cOAlition S funders (a group that comprises national research funding organisations and charitable foundations) have agreed to implement the 10 principles of Plan S in a coordinated way, together with the European Commission and the ERC. Other research funders from across the world, both public and private, are invited to join cOAlition S. Funders who are interested in joining are invited to contact us.
The coalition is currently being led by its interim coordinator, Robert Kiley, who is Head of Open Research at Wellcome. Neil Jacobs, Head of Open Science and Research Lifecycle at Jisc, acts as interim programme manager. Finally, Johan Rooryck, Professor of French Linguistics at Leiden University, has been appointed as the Open Access Champion.