A key area of discussion in efforts to promote Open Access is the topic of rights retention. This focuses on the possibility for researchers to avoid signing away all their rights to publishers, but rather to keep them, and so be able to share their work online under and open licence.

The issue is a relevant one for the library field, both in terms of its impact on the availability of knowledge, and on the advice and support that librarians in academic and research institutions, and beyond, offer to users.

cOAlition S – the group of research funders behind Plan S – has proposed a Strategy on the subject. This will, at least for researchers funded by signatory organisations, have an important impact on the way authors work with the articles, chapters and books they produce.

cOAlition S is already engaging with publishers in order to encourage them to adopt rights retention themselves, but is keen to engage with librarians in order to answer questions, hear concerns and priorities, and learn how to make the Strategy workable around the world.

So join us for an interactive session to find out more about the new Plan S Rights Retention Strategy, and to ask questions to some of the people behind it.


Sally Rumsey, cOAlition S

Johan Rooryck, cOAlition S

Lead Respondent: Yasar Tonta, Professor, Department of Information Management of Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey

Lead Respondent: Ramesh C Gaur, Professor & Dean,  Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), India

Lead Respondent: Diana Chan, Director of Library Services, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Chair of JULAC Consortiall Committee, Hong Kong

Webinar held on 13 January 2021, 10-11am CET (see what time this is for you).

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8xo1GzyqTY6vAjexZg0Bqg

See also our webinars planned for MENA and Sub-Saharan Africa (18 January, 12pm CET) and Latin America and the Caribbean (18 January, 6pm CET)