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: Bianca Amaro, President, La Referencia, Brazil

Lead Respondent: Arianna Becerril-García, Executive Director, Redalyc 

Lead Respondent: Eduardo Aguado, Director General, Redalyc

Webinar held on 18 January 2021, 6-7pm CET (see what time this is for you).

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pfOuNix3TC-J8T5dcxWl1Q