May 16, 2022

Open Access Through Clarity and Transparency: A Request to Publishers by cOAlition S

UPDATE 2: ARL Supports cOAlitionS Call for Publisher Transparency and Reduced Author Burden for Immediate Open Access

UPDATE: IARLA Endorses cOAlition S Call for Greater Transparency From Publishers


From a cOAlition S Post:

cOAlition S is delighted to see many publishers making moves to increase Open Access (OA) for research publications. However, some publishers’ practices still cause difficulties for authors who wish to exercise their right to make their Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM) open access immediately on publication using the Plan S Rights Retention Strategy.

To address this issue, cOAlition S requests that publishers make their policies and contracts more transparent at the outset of the submission process. The request outlined in the letter that was sent today to a large number of publishers is intended to make publisher submission workflows and processes as clear and straightforward as possible for authors and to help them meet their pre-existing grant conditions.

There are three areas where publishers could make the publishing process significantly clearer and easier for authors. Specifically, we are asking publishers to ensure that authors are aware, at the point of submission, of the following:

1. The licence they will be asked to sign if their manuscript is accepted for publication

2. Any fees which will be levied if their manuscript is accepted for publication

3. Whether their manuscript will be re-routed to another journal as a result of any prior notice of re-use rights, which is included in the submission.

Learn More, Read the Complete cOAlition S Post

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.