Wiley and French Consortium COUPERIN Sign Open Access Agreement


Global research and education leader Wiley today announced a new three-year agreement with COUPERIN, a consortium of higher education and research institutions in France.

This agreement is the first of its size signed by COUPERIN. Researchers from 130 member institutions across France will be granted access to all of Wiley’s hybrid and subscription journals and will be able to publish accepted articles open access in all of Wiley’s 1,400 hybrid journals. Under the terms of the agreement, individual institutions may additionally offer open access publishing in fully gold journals to their authors.

Partnership with Max Planck Society marks Springer Nature’s largest open access book deal

Springer Nature has signed its largest institutional OA book deal with the Max Planck Society through the Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL). The agreement covers all Springer Nature book imprints, across a broad range of disciplines, providing OA funding to affiliated authors from over 80 Max Planck Institutes.

ACS and Jisc partner to enable open access publishing for researchers across the UK

The Publications division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and Jisc consortium have reached a transitional agreement which will serve researchers in the UK across all fields of chemistry.

The three-year agreement, which will last through 2024, provides the ability for all scientific articles published by researchers at UK universities and research institutes in ACS journals to be open access (OA) at no cost to the researcher.


Springer Nature negotiations aim to secure a transitional open access agreement

UK institutions are in negotiation with Springer Nature to secure a transitional open access (OA) agreement for the Nature, Nature research journals and Palgrave journals. A proposal that meets the requirements of the sector has not yet been provided.

Transforming Transformative Agreements

Springer Nature (as Springer) signed its first transformative read and publish agreement in 2015. This Springer compact agreement with VSNU (Association of Universities in the Netherlands) was the first agreement of its kind to combine reading and publishing fees with the aim of transitioning traditional library subscription payments into central funding to support open access (OA) publishing. It has proved to be a pivotal moment in the transition to OA.

Since then, Springer Nature has agreed many such national agreements all around the world, including the world’s largest with Projekt DEAL in Germany. Through a series of case studies, this article will examine the role these agreements have played in facilitating the transition to OA – to bring centralized funding for OA – and analyse how their nature and characteristics have evolved and adapted to reflect the differing needs of individual customers, as well as changing views.

The paper will also consider the challenges faced by publishers, institutions, and funders in agreeing transformative agreements, consider how these ‘blockers’ can be overcome, and evaluate the future role of transformative agreements as a critical precursor to achieving open science.



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Springer Nature and Bibsam Consortium agree TA for Nature and the Nature Research journals | Corporate Affairs Homepage | Springer Nature

Springer Nature today announces a second Transformative Agreement (TA) to include its flagship title Nature. The agreement with the Bibsam Consortium in Sweden enables researchers affiliated with 10 initial institutions to publish their research articles accepted for publication in Nature and the Nature Research journals immediately open access (OA). This is at no cost to the individual researchers, as OA costs are covered by the consortium deal.


New pilot open access agreement between the University of California and Wiley

We’re delighted to announce that as of March 15, corresponding authors at all ten UC campuses and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) who publish open access articles in Wiley journals will receive a 15 percent discount on the open access fee (also known as an article processing charge, or APC) as part of a new pilot agreement UC has negotiated with the publisher.

University of California and Wiley Partner to Publish More Open Access Research | John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

“The agreement brings together UC, which generates nearly 10 percent of all U.S. research output, and Wiley, which publishes nearly 2,000 peer-reviewed journals, to advance a sustainable transition to open access.

Under the pilot agreement, which covers articles published from January 1 to December 31, 2022, Wiley will make open access the first-choice option for articles by authors at five UC campuses — Irvine, Merced, Riverside, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz.  For authors at those five campuses who publish in Wiley journals, the UC libraries will automatically cover the first $1,000 of the article publication charge (APC) and authors will be asked to pay the balance; those who do not have research funds available can request full funding of the APC from the libraries.  The pilot allows UC and Wiley to test new processes and models and will help with product development before exploring potential future expansion to the entire UC system.

Additionally, corresponding authors at all ten UC campuses and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will receive a discount on APCs when publishing open access in Wiley journals….”

PLOS Expands Footprint in Sweden With a New Publishing Agreement With the Bibsam Consortium

The Public Library of Science (PLOS) today announced an agreement with the Bibsam Consortium to participate in PLOS’ three innovative publishing models. This two-year agreement provides researchers from affiliated institutions with unlimited publishing privileges in PLOS journals without incurring fees.