Coalition S for Open Access to Research Publications
Most researchers who wish to publish their work, have to agree to publishers’ stringent conditions that either leave authors with close to no copyright or they set a certain “embargo” period in which their work can only be accessed by publishers’ subscribers who have paid for the subscription. Such access restrictions can have negative effect and can hinder the development of society and technology, which could clearly be seen in the past months, as the world has been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Coalition S, an initiative of a group of national research funding organisations, recently responded to this issue and adopted the “Rights Retention Strategy” with which it seeks to achieve universal free access to research work.
In July, Coalition S announced the adoption of the “Rights Retention Strategy”, which seeks to achieve free access to research work. The Strategy’s main feature is to make all research works or author accepted manuscripts (AAM) of such works, which are funded by the Coalition S members, freely accessible to the public. Coalition S plans to achieve this by ensuring that its members will only fund research under the condition that the resulting works (or their AAM) be published under the CC BY license. Coalition S has also already contacted over 150 publishers and encouraged them to amend their publishing conditions so that the works resulting from research can be immediately freely accessible as is described above. Coalition S emphasises that, in any case, the research funding agreement conditions override any possibly contradicting provisions in publishing agreements, which means that the Coalition S funded research works will be freely accessible to the public even if publishers do not agree to such conditions.
Coalition S organisations, such as Slovenian Research Agency, World Health Organisation, and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will implement the Strategy by 1 January 2021. The full list of organisations and their Strategy implementation progress can be accessed here.
The Rights Retention Strategy is an important step to achieving open access to research, which is crucial for technological progress and faster scientific discoveries. This can, in turn, help also in a battle against new and unknown diseases.
You can read more about the Strategy here:
The 4th Open Knowledge Day took place on Tuesday 17 October 2023, with an accompanying workshop on 18 October 2023. This year it was organised by the Open Data and Intellectual Property Institute (ODIPI) and supported by Knowledge Rights 21 (KR21).
We invite you to the fourth Open Knowledge Day and the workshop, which will take place this year within the framework of the programme and with the support of Knowledge Rights 21. The event will bring together experts from different European countries to discuss two topics: the first part will deal with the legal basis for data analytics, which is a key part of machine learning and related artificial intelligence, and the general exception for research. In the second part, open science in theory and practice will be presented both in Slovenia and in some Western Balkan countries. Representatives of research and educational institutions from Slovenia and the Western Balkan countries, as well as interested members of the public, are invited to attend.
Dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič, a renowned expert in copyright law, has joined the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where she will serve as an affiliate researcher for the next two years.
On Friday, October 6, 2023, the online seminar “Practical Experiences in Resolving Copyrights of Modern Book Works” took place. The seminar addressed relevant questions concerning user access to literary works in digital form.