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On September 4th, 2018, cOAlition S announced Plan S, which obliges universities and research institutes to provide full, immediate and unlimited access to the publications resulting from public funded research. Open journals, repositories, open access portals were identified as suitable places for publishing the research output. The rules introduced do not apply to chapters and monographs. Due to their complex publishing process, separate regulations will be issued for these types of publications by the end of 2021, along with guidelines for their implementation.

One important provision of Plan S is an encouragement for parallel archiving of all publications in repositories (e.g. the Jagiellonian University Repository), regardless of where they originally appeared. 

Instructions for depositing files containing full texts of publications in the Jagiellonian University Repository can be found here.


When considering the journal to which an article is to be sent, it is advisable to choose a title with an appropriately high score from the MNiSW list of scholarly journals and check one of three publication paths:

1. an open-ended journal - available under an open license, e.g. one of the Creative Commons license variants. In the case of publications from research financed by the National Centre of Science (NCN), it has been indicated that such a journal should be included or be in the process of registration in the DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) database;
2. open access programmes under the Virtual Library of Science licenses, so-called transformation agreements;
3. a journal published in a subscription or hybrid model, but from the author's point of view relevant for a given discipline or subject matter of the paper - Plan S allows choosing such a journal, but only until 2024 and with the note indicating that the paper in the version approved by the publisher (postprint) or the final version has been published in an open repository; it is advisable to raise this point when contacting the publisher.


In the NCN open access policy, there are three accepted open licenses eligible for publication funding:

1. CC BY 4.0
2. CC BY-SA 4.0 for papers published under transformation agreements
3. CC BY-ND 4.0 in specific cases agreed with NCN

Information on the terms and conditions of journal archiving can be found on the Sherpa Romeo website.


When considering a publisher for one’s work, it is advisable to choose one from the MNiSW list of publishing houses of peer-reviewed scholarly monographs.

cOAlition S recommendations for academc books are: 

  1. All academic books based on original research that was directly supported with funding from cOAlition S organisations should be made available open access on publication. 
  2. Authors or their institutions should retain sufficient intellectual property rights to make their academic books available OA and to allow for re-use. 
  3. Academic books should be published open access under a Creative Commons licence. 
  4. Any embargo periods on academic books should be as short as possible and never exceed 12 months. 
  5. cOAlition S funders should financially support Open Access of academic books via their funding schemes and open access publishing business models via dedicated arrangements.

It is worth to promote openness in scholarship and at the stage of contacts with publishers to indicate one’s willingness to have the submitted text published under an open licence and in an open repository, in the form accepted and formatted for publication by the publisher, i.e. the final version, or as a preprint/postprint.

Due to agreements signed between the Jagiellonian University Repository (RUJ) and the Jagiellonian University Press (WUJ) and the Academic Bookstore (KA), the full texts authored by the Jagiellonian University faculty members and Ph.D. students that appeared in WUJ and KA are published along in RUJ. This process can be streamlined by the authors themselves through directly contacting the Jagiellonian University Repository at the address: