CAUL and AOASG response to Plan S Revised Guidelines and Rationale

May 31, 2019

CAUL and AOASG welcome the Plan S Revised Implementation Guidelines, which were issued today. As noted in our response to the original implementation guidelines for Plan S, we remain fully supportive of the aim of Plan S – which is full and immediate open access to research.

We note that the Plan S Revised Guidelines are in alignment with the work that CAUL and AOASG have been doing to support OA in this region, through institutional repositories and open access journals, capacity building and through a national approach to retaining rights.

We especially note the importance of support for a diversity of sustainable models for Open Access journals and platforms and furthermore that there is a need to change the research reward and incentive system in order to reward open scholarship practices.

We welcome the more realistic goal of 2021 for Plan S implementation. In the coming months we will consult with relevant stakeholders in this region to develop a plan for the further development of Open scholarship.


The Australasian Open Access Strategy Group (AOASG) advocates for open access to academic research outputs and promotes innovation in all areas of scholarly communication. The AOASG is supported by nineteen universities in Australia and eight in New Zealand. Creative Commons Australia and Tohatoha Aotearoa Commons are affiliate members.

The Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) is the peak leadership organisation for university libraries in Australia. University libraries are essential knowledge and information infrastructures that enable student achievement and research excellence. CAUL makes a significant contribution to higher education strategy, policy and outcomes through a commitment to a shared purpose: To transform how people experience knowledge – how it can be discovered, used and shared.