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Creative Commons: Open Access and Plan S

This page discusses the Creative Commons and the relationship between copyright and the Creative Commons licenses

Open Access Resources


Paywall, the Business of Scholarship.



Podcast discussion between Amy Brand at MIT and Peter Surber of Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center.

Discussions on Open Access: Open Access Models and Experimentation




ACRL Instruction Section Research & Scholarship Committee. Five Things You Should Read About Critical Librarianship. 2017.


COAPI Making Open Access Policies Work.

Davis-Kahl, S. Engaging undergraduates in scholarly communication: Outreach, education, and advocacy. College and Research Library News. 2012; 73(4): 212-222.

Harvard Open Access Project. Good Practices for University Open Access Policies.

Malenfant, K. Open and Equitable Scholarly Communications: Creating a More Inclusive Future. ACRL Insider, June 12, 2019.

Open Access Directory,

Parsons, J. Open Access: Advocacy (interview with Peter Suber). Library Journal, March 29, 2017.

Piwowar, H, Priem, J, Lariviere, V, Alperin, JP, Matthias, L, Norlander, B, Farley, A, West, J, Haustein, S. The state of OA: a large-scale analysis of the prevalence and impact of Open Access articles. PeerJ. 2018; 6:e4375.

Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC). Open Access Advocacy: A Checklist for Research Libraries. 2009.

OA Policy Statements

The Registry of Open Access Repository Mandates and Policies (ROARMAP) is an excellent resource for comparing OA policies

Understanding Stakeholder Beliefs & Values

Cantrell, M, Collister, L. The status quo bias and the uptake of open access. first monday 2019; 24(7).

Blankstein, M., Wolff-Eisenberg, C. Ithaka S&R US Faculty Survey 2018.

University of California Libraries. Author Focus Groups and Surveys, and Publisher Survey. Pay it Forward: Investigating a Sustainable Model of Open Access Article  Processing Charges for Large North American Research Institutions. 2016: pp 19-36.

Plan S

On 4 September 2018, a group of national research funding organizations, 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 fulfill its main principle:
“With effect from 2021, all scholarly publications on the results from research funded by public or private grants provided by national, regional and international research councils and funding bodies, must be published in Open Access Journals, on Open Access Platforms, or made immediately available through Open Access Repositories without embargo.”

Plan S Resources


Else, H. Ambitious Open Access Plan S Delayed to Let Research Community Adapt. May 30, 2019.

Nicholson, C. India Agrees To Sign Up to Plan S February 12, 2019.

Wiley Response to Coalition S on Plan S.

Plan S Principles and Implementation

Open Access

Open Access addresses the problem of publicly funded research bring inaccessible to the public   h is a series of principles and practices that encourage research, particularly publicly funded research to be made freely available online. Under a traditional journal publishing model, research at public institutions is funded with grants of public funds. The researcher gives the research output to a publisher without payment, and forfeits all copyright interest to the publisher. Peer review and editing are also not paid services. The publisher sells access to the work, to the public. As the copyright owner, the publisher also has the ability to prevent re-use or building on the research output, even by the authors of the article.

Open Access makes work available to the public through a variety of legal means. The Public Library of Science Journals (PLOS) have made over 215,000 peer-reviewed articles free to access, reuse ot redistribute. Depositing the author's pre-print draft of a work (peer reviewed, but not the publisher's formatted and typeset version) into an institutional repository is another means of making scholarship freely available.

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