More than 700 German research institutions strike open-access deal with Springer Nature

Science | AAAS | 8/22/2019 | Staff
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BERLIN—A consortium of more than 700 German research institutions and libraries today announced an agreement with publisher Springer Nature to make it simpler for authors to publish their papers open access. The agreement is the largest national open-access deal to date, but it doesn’t allow authors to publish open access in Nature or its sister journals.

The consortium, called Project DEAL, has negotiated for more than 3 years with major publishers to reach “publish and read” agreements. Such agreements give member institutions full access to a publisher’s online content and make papers that their researchers publish freely available worldwide. Charges are based not on subscriptions, but on a fee per published paper.

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Project DEAL reached a similar agreement with the publisher Wiley in February, but this agreement is bigger. It is expected to cover more than 13,000 articles per year published by researchers working at German institutions, compared with roughly 9500 in Wiley journals. That makes it “the largest ever transformative agreement” for open access, Springer Nature CEO Daniel Ropers told a press conference here this morning.

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The agreement does not, however, cover Nature, Nature Medicine, and other subscription journals that are part of the Nature brand—or magazines like Scientific American or the German Spektrum der Wissenschaft. Those titles do not have an option in which scientists can pay a fee to make their paper freely available, so they did not fit into the agreement, Ropers said. Institutions will still need to purchase subscriptions to those journals, and German authors’ papers in them will remain behind a paywall.

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Under the memorandum of understanding signed this morning, corresponding authors at a Project DEAL member institution can publish open-access papers in roughly 1900 Springer Nature journals for €2750 per paper. (Those journals...
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