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cOAlition S welcomes AAAS decision to support the sharing of author accepted manuscripts


cOAlition S – an international consortium of research funding and performing organisations committed to making full and immediate Open Access a reality – welcomes the decision by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to update their publishing agreements.

As stated in today’s press release by AAAS, researchers working under a Plan S Open Access policy can make their Author Accepted Manuscripts (AAMs) freely available through an OA repository, at the time of publication and under a CC BY (or CC BY-ND) licence.

Johan Rooryck, Executive Director of cOAlition S, commented: “Plan S has always enabled researchers to comply with our policy through a number of different routes, including the option to make the AAM OA via a repository, the so-called “green route” to OA.  We are delighted that AAAS is updating its policy to explicitly permit the sharing of these manuscripts”.

Marc Schiltz, President of Science Europe and Chair of the cOAlition S Leaders Group added: “We hope the leadership shown by the AAAS in developing this policy will encourage other publishers to adopt this model, whilst also motivate other funders to align their Open Access policies with Plan S.”

This new policy will apply to any research submitted to the Science family subscription journals on or after 1 January 2021 that was funded by those cOAlition S organizations that indicated adoption of the Plan S Rights Retention Strategy.