Free Webinar for STM Members: cOAlition S Rights Retention Strategy: Key facts and role for publishers

About this event

Audience: STM member publishing houses and learned societies

This webinar, co-organised by STM and cOAlition S will help STM Members to better understand the Rights Retention Strategy while providing room for an in-depth discussion with representatives of cOAlition S.

In September 2018 a group of funding organisations announced the launch of cOAlition S, an initiative to accelerate full and immediate Open Access to peer-reviewed research publications. It is built around Plan S which consists of one target and 10 principles.

In July 2020, cOAlition S announced their Rights Retention Strategy (RRS), outlined as an implementation of Principle 1 in Plan S which requires that authors retain their copyright to their publications – Accepted Manuscripts (AMs) or Version of Record (VoR)  which must be published under an open license (CC-BY, or by exception, if so decided by a cOAlition S Organisation, CC-BY-ND).

In this webinar, representatives of cOAlition S will explain in detail the Rights Retention Strategy. The Webinar will offer the opportunity for STM members to have an open and informed discussion about this new strategy.


  1. Welcome and scene-setting [5 min] - Ian Moss, CEO, STM
  • Context: Plan S and cOAlition S
  1. Presentation by cOAlition S representatives [15 min] – Robert Kiley and Johan Rooryck
  • Introduction to Plan S and cOAlition S
  • Explain the recently published Rights Retention Strategy
  1. Moderated discussion with questions by STM members [15 min]
  2. Conclusions [5 min] and leave of cOAlition S representatives
  3. STM Member ONLY session [40 min]

About the speakers:

Robert Kiley, cOAlition S:  Head of Open Research at Wellcome and cOAlition S Coordinator.

Johan Rooryck, cOAlition S:  Professor of French Linguistics at Leiden University and Executive Director of cOAlition S.


About STM:

At STM we support our members in their mission to advance research worldwide. Our over 140 members based in over 20 countries around the world collectively publish 66% of all journal articles and tens of thousands of monographs and reference works. As academic and professional publishers, learned societies, university presses, start-ups and established players we work together to serve society by developing standards and technology to ensure research is of high quality, trustworthy and easy to access. We promote the contribution that publishers make to innovation, openness and the sharing of knowledge and embrace change to support the growth and sustainability of the research ecosystem. As a common good, we provide data and analysis for all involved in the global activity of research.

About cOAlition S:

cOAlition S is an informal alliance of research funding and performing organisations that have publicly expressed their intention to implement Plan S. Plan S requires that 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 or on open access platforms or made immediately available through open access repositories without embargo.

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