What is the Rights Retention Strategy?
The Rights Retention Strategy (RRS): a mechanism to make immediate Open Access the default scholarly communications standard
In September 2018 a group of mostly European research funders grouped under the 'cOAlition S' banner launched a plan to accelerate the transition towards a fully Open Access publishing landscape.
Both the Wellcome Trust and the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) are members of this cOAlition S and have adopted the Open Access policies associated to Plan S. These updated Open Access policies apply to all their funded researchers – from January 2021 in the case of the Wellcome Trust and for manuscripts submitted from 1 April 2022 in the case of UKRI.
Plan S comprises a number of parallel initiatives. The most ambitious of these is the promotion of the so-called "transformative agreements" with publishers (also known as Read & Publish deals) that allow researchers at signatory institutions to publish Gold Open Access at no cost in a (large) number of eligible journals covered under the deal.
There are also new developments in the area of Green Open Access (deposit of the full-text accepted manuscript in an institutional system) whereby cOAlition S-member funders are trying to move away from embargo periods. This webpage focuses on this latter development (for more info on the R&P deals see the specific Strathclyde webpage linked above).
Summary: Complying with the UKRI Open Access policy
For OA publishers where no Read and Publish deal currently is agreed, UKRI-funded authors should follow one of the following routes for OA publication:
- Route 1: publishing Gold Open Access: in order for the library to be able to pay the Open Access publishing fee for a UKRI-funded manuscript, the journal needs to be fully Open Access.
- Route 2: Rights Retention: depositing a copy of the full-text accepted manuscript under a no embargo period and a CC BY licence
*As an example for IEEE, with whom we have no current Read and Publish deal, see the Factsheet on Complying with the Complying with the UKRI Open Access policy for EPSRC-funded manuscripts.