What/who is cOAlition S?

Published on: 19/05/2020 - Updated on: 30/09/2020

cOAlition S is an international consortium of research funding and performing organisations who are committed to making full and immediate Open Access to research publications a reality. cOAlition S has developed Plan S whereby research funders will mandate that access to research publications that are generated through research grants that they allocate, must be free to access on the day of publication. In addition, the right to reuse the article is subject to a special type of open licence (usually the Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BY)) that grants the reader the right to reuse all or parts of it without having to seek additional permission, subject to appropriate attribution of the original source. See cOAlition S website. For one definition of open access see the Berlin Declaration at openaccess.mpg.de/Berlin-Declaration

Why has cOAlition S developed Plan S?

Published on: 19/05/2020 - Updated on: 22/06/2020

The chain, whereby new discoveries are built on previously established results, can only work optimally if all research results are made openly available to the scientific community. Plan S is a set of principles that ensure open and immediate access to funded research publications. It was first launched by cOAlition S in 2018. All funders who join cOAlition S commit to aligning their OA policies with Plan S.

How does my organisation join cOAlition S?

Published on: 19/05/2020 - Updated on: 22/06/2020

If you are a research funder interested in joining cOAlition S, please contact cOAlition S using the Contact form

I’m not a funder but I’d like to support Plan S. How can I do that?

Published on: 19/05/2020 - Updated on: 22/06/2020

If you are an organisation, group or individual interested in publicly endorsing Plan S, please contact cOAlition S using the Contact form

Will Plan S requirements vary from funder to funder within cOAlition S?

Published on: 19/05/2020 - Updated on: 02/06/2020

The individual funders who comprise cOAlition S are able to adopt individual details within their OA policies (e.g. whether or not to contribute financially to open access publishing under transformative arrangements; possible approval of the use of the CC-BY-ND license for individual articles). However, as a signatory to Plan S, the funders have all committed to the main principles of Plan S that they will adopt within their policies.

What types of works fall under Plan S?

Published on: 19/05/2020 - Updated on: 04/11/2020

The scope of Plan S is primary peer reviewed research across all disciplines, including the natural and applied sciences (STEM), social sciences, and the arts and humanities. Plan S applies to all peer-reviewed publications that are based on results from research funded fully or partially by cOAlition S members. The current guidance specifies the principles of Plan S and provides paths for their implementation regarding scholarly articles. cOAlition S will, by the end of 2021, issue a statement on Plan S principles as they apply to monographs and book chapters, together with related implementation guidance.

Who is cOAlition S consulting about the effects of Plan S and future plans?

Published on: 19/05/2020 - Updated on: 02/06/2020

cOAlition S consults with all major stakeholders within scholarly dissemination. This includes, but not limited to: researchers at all stages of their careers, universities and university associations, libraries, and publishers. cOAlition S is particularly grateful for the input of ECRs’ (early career researchers’) organisations.

How do I ask a question of cOAlition S about Plan S?

Published on: 19/05/2020 - Updated on: 22/06/2020

First check if the answer to your question is included in these FAQs. If not, you can contact cOAlition S using the Contact form