Release of the English Version of the Rights Retention Strategy Guide

The Mettre en œuvre la stratégie de non-cession des droits sur les publications scientifiques a tool for researchers is now also available in English : Implementing the rights retention strategy for scientific publications.

The rights retention strategy is part of France’s Second National Plan for Open Science. The strategy’s conclusions on the evaluation of research and the implementation of open science are also supported by the Council of the European Union. Finally, it enables researchers to align with certain funding agencies’ open science policies.

Ouvrir la Science – Open Science library

“The guide explains the rights retention strategy, its benefits for the researcher and the operational details of its application. It also provides an FAQ that addresses the main questions about choosing licenses, the options available at the various stages of publication, and how to manage relationships with publishers….”

Pourret (2022) Stop paying to be published Open Access –  a French perspective | European Science Editing

Pourret O (2022) Stop paying to be published Open Access –  a French perspective. European Science Editing 48: e90113.



The National Fund for Open Science (FNSO) launches its call for projects on open scientific and scholarly publishing

The call for projects is open until February 22, 2023. It benefits from a co-funding from the French National Research Agency on projects that fall under the diamond publishing model.

The call for projects is aimed at research infrastructures included in the national roadmap for research infrastructures, structures that publish scientific journals or books, support centers for publishing activities, and platforms for the dissemination of scientific publications.

Fully funded Early Career Researcher Position in Paris on Open Data Licensing | EURAXESS

“This fully funded Early Career Researcher position is part of the EU Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie ITN project entitled “ODECO: Towards a Sustainable Open Data ECOsystem” (see….

Bringing together different sectors (research, private sector, government, non-profit) and different perspectives (public administration, law, business, engineering), ODECO aims to address the central challenge of realizing a user driven, circular and inclusive open data ecosystem. Through its novel research and training programme, ODECO will provide early-stage researchers with relevant open data knowledge, skills and research experience.

The Early Career Research position on “Open Licensing of Non-Government Data” will design new legal instruments to include private actors as producers and sharers of (open) data and data generated by private companies and users on private platforms, by:

– Investigating from a legal perspective novel value distribution and incentive mechanisms and design how a new sustainable distribution of value in the open data ecosystem may be implemented in licenses based on alternative values defined in collaboration with other PhDs and members of the ODECO project teams working in other disciplines.

– Investigating whether commons-based approaches can be developed to openly license commercial data and data volunteered by citizens on public, commons, and private platforms, and ported from other environments (e.g., medical and microbial commons, data pools).

– Exploring legal mechanisms that will facilitate and incentivise the release of non-government data as open data in open data commons, data pools or data collaboratives) as well as private and user-generated data contributed to public and private platforms (e.g., social media).

– Ensuring compatibility between commercial, and individual (data protection, privacy and sharing) interests….”

Home | French RRS Monitor

“The Rights Retention Strategy (RRS) is an initiative from a consortium of research funders, the Coaliation S, which promote immediate open access without requiring payment to publish (no Article Processing Charge). The RRS is a way to publish in open access without paying.

This website describe publications in the french repository HAL, where the Right Retention Strategy has been applied….”

Coming soon: the next phase of copyright maximalism – destroying the public domain – Walled Culture

“The public domain is the natural state of creative material. It’s where creations end up once copyright’s monopoly has expired. Crucially, it is the quid pro quo for that monopoly. The deal is that the creator of a work is granted a government-enforced intellectual monopoly for a limited period, after which the work enters the public domain for anyone to use for any purpose, including commercial ones. That’s the bargain, but it seems that the copyright maximalists in the French Parliament want to renege on it. Here’s an amendment to a finance bill that was proposed by 75 politicians in the National Assembly a few days ago (translation by DeepL):

The aim of this amendment is to increase aid to artistic creation by setting up a levy on the lucrative commercial use of works in the public domain….

Fortunately, the amendment has been withdrawn – perhaps as a result of the cries of horror from a wide range of organisations and experts. But make no mistake, this will not be a one-off….”

Promoting Open Science through bibliometrics | LIBER Quarterly: The Journal of the Association of European Research Libraries

Abstract:  In order to assess the progress of Open Science in France, the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation published the French Open Science Monitor in 2019. Even if this tool has a bias, for only the publications with a DOI can be considered, thus promoting article-dominant research communities, its indicators are trustworthy and reliable. The University of Lorraine was the very first institution to reuse the National Monitor in order to create a new version at the scale of one university in 2020. Since its release, the Lorraine Open Science Monitor has been reused by many other institutions. In 2022, the French Open Science Monitor further evolved, enabling new insights on open science. The Lorraine Open Science Monitor has also evolved since it began. This paper details how the initial code for the Lorraine Open Science Monitor was developed and disseminated. It then outlines plans for development in the next few years.


Stop paying to be published Open Access –  a French perspective

“I recommend that they publish in a journal with no APC (‘diamond’ OA journal) or a non-OA journal and make the peer reviewed manuscript or accepted author manuscript (AAM) OA through a repository (‘green’ OA). In some cases, a journal with low and affordable APC may also be suitable. I propose this in accordance with the French national open science policy, which clearly asks that scientific articles must be available OA and encourages its research community to turn to free publication models for both authors and readers….

French national policy invites those who publish in paywalled journals to deposit their AAM as soon as it is published. If the journal  does not allow it, the AAM may be deposited in an open archive with a delay (embargo). The Rights Retention Strategy, developed by the cOAlition S, makes it even possible to publish AAM without embargo. I therefore recommend resorting to this strategy….”

French Open Science Monitor

Measure the evolution of open science in France using reliable, open and controlled data.

What are the differences with the Open Science Monitor of the European Commission?

The European Commission has published the Open Science Monitor whose design and production have been subcontracted to a consortium of CWTS, Esade and Lisbon Council by associating Elsevier as subcontractor. The Commission’s tool uses the Web of Science and Scopus business databases to define the publication field, as well as their affiliate (country) and disciplinary field. In the case of the French barometer, the perimeter is different (French affiliations only). The methodology developed by the French barometer is not commercially dependent, and is completely open (open code and resulting data in Open Data) .Ini, the European tool is based on the owner metadata of commercial bases. On the other hand, the French barometer has set up a transparent methodology to enrich open meta-data.


The Open Science 2022 Barometer at UniLaSalle is available | UniLaSalle Beauvais

“Created by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESRI) in 2019, and as part of the National Plan for Open Science (PNSO), the Open Science Barometer measures the percentage and progression of open access publications, i.e. publications that can be freely consulted in their entirety by anyone and without restrictions.

The data used in the UniLaSalle Open Science Barometer come from various sources such as Web of Science, Scopus, Unpaywall and HAL. Only publications with a DOI (Digital Object Identifier), a resource identification mechanism, are taken into account in the Barometer: the data is therefore not exhaustive.

This Barometer makes it possible to situate UniLaSalle in relation to the scientific productions carried out at national level. In this sense, the data retained concern the reference year 2019, in order to facilitate national comparisons….”

EDP Sciences – EDP Sciences signs a new five-year National Open Access Agreement in France

“The partners of the “Accord national pour l’accès ouvert en France” (National Open Access Agreement in France) are delighted to announce that they have renewed the agreement for a further five-year term until 31 December 2026. The Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche (the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research – MESR), the Couperin consortium, the Agence bibliographique de l’enseignement supérieur (Abes) and EDP Sciences confirm they will continue to work closely to support open access publication of French research.

The Subscribe-to-Open (S2O) open access model plays a more prominent role this time and is quickly becoming an important pillar of the agreement. Several journals participating in the agreement are owned by learned societies which support S2O. For example, the Société de Mathématiques Appliquées et Industrielles ( SMAI) with which EDP Sciences publishes a number of maths journals. Astronomy & Astrophysics is another high-profile S2O journal in the agreement and additional journals will also transition to S2O in 2023.

S2O reflects an emphasis on open access models that do not rely on article processing charges (APCs). EDP Sciences was an early adopter of S2O and is pleased to see it making a positive impact in a range of contexts….”