PROJEKT DEAL and SPRINGER NATURE reach understanding on world´s largest transformative Open Access agreement – German Rectors’ Conference

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed today in Berlin; final contract to be concluded later this year.
The agreement will be open to all member institutions of Projekt DEAL (700+ publically and privately funded academic and research organisations in Germany) which means substantially enhanced access to Springer Nature content for almost all of the German research landscape.
Through the agreement, more than 13,000 articles by German scholars and scientists are expected to be published open access (OA) per year, making them freely and immediately available to the world and increasing visibility and usage of German research published by Springer Nature.
The organisation of costs and services under this Transformative Agreement means researchers and students across all disciplines affiliated with the member institutions will be able to publish OA in the vast majority of the Springer Nature journal portfolio – around 2,500 Springer Nature hybrid and fully OA journals, as well as read the full contents of those journals including backfiles from 1997.
Signing of the MoU signals a significant step in Springer Nature’s commitment to being a leading force in driving the transition to OA and a notable advance on Projekt DEAL’s objectives of granting German authors ever more opportunity to publish their research fully and immediately OA for scholars of the world to read and build upon while containing the overall cost of scholarly communication.