Plan S Revised Implementation Guidelines welcomed

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The Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) and the Australasian Open Access Strategy Group (AOASG) welcome the Plan S Revised Implementation Guidelines, which were issued today.

As noted in our response to the original implementation guidelines for Plan S, we remain fully supportive of the aim of Plan S – which is full and immediate open access to research.

We note that the Plan S Revised Guidelines are in alignment with the work that CAUL and AOASG have been doing to support OA in this region, through institutional repositories and open access journals, capacity building and through a national approach to retaining rights.

We especially note the importance of support for a diversity of sustainable models for Open Access journals and platforms and furthermore that there is a need to change the research reward and incentive system in order to reward open scholarship practices.

We welcome the more realistic goal of 2021 for Plan S implementation. In the coming months we will consult with relevant stakeholders in this region to develop a plan for the further development of Open scholarship.

Download the media release (PDF, 31 May 2019)

For comment:

Margie Jantti, Chair of CAUL,
Virginia Barbour, Director AOASG,

About CAUL

CAUL is the peak leadership organisation for university libraries in Australia. CAUL members are the University Librarians or equivalent of the 39 institutions that have representation on Universities Australia and the 8 members of the Council of New Zealand University Librarians (CONZUL).


The AOASG is a coalition supported by seventeen universities in Australia and eight in New Zealand; Creative Commons Australia and Tohatoha, New Zealand are affiliate members. AOASG works to make Australasian research Open and FAIR and to promote innovation in all areas of scholarly communications.

Author Harry Rolf
Last modified 31 May 2019