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Plan S

A guide to the Plan S initiative for Open Access publishing

Rights Retention Strategy

The Rights Retention Strategy was developed so that researchers can continue to publish in the journal of their choice, while also complying with Plan S Open Access requirements.

The strategy requires that at least the Author's Accepted Manuscript (AAM) is published under a CC BY license with no embargo.

cOAlition S have notified publishers of this strategy and invited them to change their policies so that authors can make their AAM available immediately with no embargo.

Researchers should also inform the publisher that their AAM is open access under a CC BY license when they submit their article. When submitting to a journal, the researcher should include the following information:

  • Name of your funder and your grant number
  • Text to indicate that any AAM arising from the submission is already licensed CC BY. For example: “This work was funded by [funder name] [grant number] For the purpose of Open Access the author has applied a CC BY public copyright licence to any Author Accepted Manuscript version arising from this submission.” Check your own grant agreement or the cOAlition S organisations implementation webpage for details.


The Rights Retention Strategy allows researchers to make their work Open Access for free while publishing in their choice of journal. Once the article is accepted, the researcher just needs to deposit their Author's Accepted Manuscript (AAM) in a repository, like TARA.

The AAM is the final draft of your article after peer review, also known as a post-print. It usually should not include any typesetting, formatting, logos, or copyright statements from your publisher. See the box below for an example of an AAM compared to a final published version.

Which version should I deposit?

Plan S & Rights Retention