The ANR is preparing to implement the no-transfer of rights strategy
This is another tangible step forward for immediate open access to scientific publications
The no-transfer of rights strategy was initiated in July 2020 by cOAlition S and represents another step towards full and immediate open access to publicly funded scientific publications. In the framework of this strategy, research authors can use the Creative Commons CC-BY license to publish in subscription journals while retaining full rights to their articles and also may deposit the accepted version for publication in an open archive as of the date of publication.
As a partner of the cOAlition S, a European initiative with 26 partners which aims to accelerate the transition to full and immediate access to scientific publications, the French National Research Agency (ANR) is currently preparing to implement this strategy. Starting with its 2022 Action Plan scheduled for publication in July 2021, all calls launched in the framework of this plan and its later counterparts will integrate this strategy. All publications from funded projects (the versions accepted for publication at the least) will need to be deposited in the national open archive HAL immediately after publication under a CC-BY licence or an equivalent.
cOAlition S has also released a beta version of the Journal Checker Tool. This online tool is aimed at researchers and enables them to quickly identify the open science policy of a given journal. They can thus get a clear view of the possible publication channels and thus check the compatibility of the journal in which they wish to publish with Plan S and the ANR’s open science policy.
The Committee for Open Science fully supports the cOAlition S non-transfer of rights strategy and is actively collaborating with the ANR to prepare specific tools and support systems for researchers. It already provides publishers with recommendations regarding publishing contracts which are compatible with the open science policy and with adapted contract models for public publishing which are available in French and English. It is also working on the upcoming publication of a guide to Creative Commons licences.
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