Towards Responsible Publishing: Feedback survey

The group cOAlition S made a proposal "Towards Responsible Publishing" and needs to capture feedback

cOAlition S is a group of national research funders, European and international organisations and charitable foundations, who have agreed since 2018 to implement the 10 principles of Plan S in a coordinated way, together with the European Commission and the  European Research Council (ERC)

Since the announcement of the Plan S Principles five years ago, cOAlition S has ‘raised the temperature’ and stimulated experimentation in a publishing system that has struggled to keep pace with the digital transformation of the research enterprise.

In the draft proposal, the group proposes a vision and a set of principles that a future scholarly communication system should aspire to, along with a mission that enables research funders – in collaboration with other key stakeholders – to deliver this.
For such a scholar-led system to be successful, it will need broad support from the research community. To understand if our proposal resonates with the community of researchers, we embark on a consultative process, with support from Research Consulting Limited in partnership with the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS).

This process offers researchers the opportunity to voice their opinions and contribute to the development of a proposal that serves their needs. The consultation will run from November 2023 until April 2024.

You are invited you to take part in a brief survey developed by Research Consulting on behalf of cOAlition S.

Fill the form online. The survey will remain open until Wednesday 29 November 2023 at 23.59 CET.

The proposal, which is available via Zenodo, seeks to facilitate the transition to an open, scholar-led communication ecosystem fit for the 21st century. The information entered in this survey will be used to inform any revisions of the cOAlition S proposal as well as to design further feedback mechanisms.

We welcome responses from anyone, but especially researchers and other stakeholders involved in scholarly communication.

Consultation team and contacts
This survey is being managed by Research Consulting on behalf of cOAlition S. Research Consulting is working on this consultation in close collaboration with the University of Sheffield and the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS). The ethics approval process for this survey has been managed by the University of Sheffield, as reflected in the following page.

Should you have any questions on the survey, please contact Ellie Cox (Senior Associate Consultant, Research Consulting) at

Find out more
To discover other ways to contribute to this consultation, please visit the dedicated page on the cOAlition S website.

Based on the feedback through this consultation, a revised proposal will be developed for the cOAlition S funders to consider in June 2024.


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