Australia and New Zealand respond to Plan S

The Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) and the Australasian Open Access Strategy Group (AOASG) have this week released a joint response to the European Plan S Implementation Guidelines. They welcome the cOAlition S initiative of working towards immediate full open access to research publications by 2020.

Martin Borchert, Chair of the AOASG and a member of CAUL, said, “The AOASG and CAUL are pleased to support Plan S. International developments in open access will drive greater adoption in Australia and New Zealand, where OA is predominantly facilitated by our network of institutional repositories.”

Whilst they support the intent of Plan S, they would like to see more support for the green route to Open Access as there is a greater reliance on repositories for attaining open access in the region. They recommend that the implementation guidelines pay particular attention to the following issues:

  • More thought needs to be given to repository based Green open access and its place as a viable route to Plan S compliance;
  • More consideration should be given to the infrastructure needs and costs required for OA publishing envisaged by Plan S along with its potential impacts especially on early career researchers and developing countries;
  • Now that Plan S is being adopted, there is a need for continued global consultation on the implementation through a formal mechanism.

CAUL represents 39 university librarians in Australia while AOASG is a coalition supported by 17 universities in Australia and eight in New Zealand.

You can view the full statement here.


Jayshree Mamtora

Research Services Coordinator

Charles Darwin University

Darwin, Australia