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This is a joint response prepared by the Australasian Open Access Strategy Group (AOASG – a coalition supported by 17 universities in Australia and eight in New Zealand) and the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL), the peak leadership organisation for 39 university librarians in Australia, following consultation with their Executive Committees and members. The response presents the views of those consulted but should not be considered to be a specific endorsement by any one particular member.

Broadly we support the intent of Plan S, however in summary we believe that the implementation guidelines need to 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.
  • These issues and related topics are discussed in this response.
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