Springer Nature and Jisc renew deal securing Open Access for UK higher education

News - Academic Friday, 26 April 2019

Deal anticipates increase in the percentage of UK research being published OA in the eligible journals from 74% in 2018 to closer to 100% by 2020

Jisc and academic publisher Springer Nature have agreed a further 'read and publish' agreement that meets the aims of Plan S and offers researchers a funder compliant route to publishing in hybrid journals. Plan S requires that, from next year, scientific publications funded by public grants must be published in Open Access journals or platforms.

Building on a previous arrangement, this agreement limits the costs of publishing UK articles as open access (OA) while maintaining access to all Springer’s subscription articles. The deal converts the previous subscription agreement to one based on OA.

Liam Earney, director of licensing at Jisc, said: "Our priority during this negotiation was to produce an agreement that met the sector’s criteria for transformational agreements, is aligned with Plan S principles and is compliant with the new Wellcome Trust OA policy. The resulting deal builds on the success of the first three-year agreement and will continue to deliver cost and administrative efficiencies to UK researchers and their institutions."

Steven Inchcoombe, chief publishing officer at Springer Nature, said: "When our relationship with Jisc began, transformative agreements were in their infancy. We were delighted that Jisc embarked on this innovative partnership, which has resulted in tremendous growth in open access publishing in the UK. By making it easy for researchers, 77% of our UK corresponding authors’ work is now available for free immediately at the point of publication (Gold OA) showing that real progress in advancing open research can be achieved. With continued funding to support the transition, and collaboration to support awareness of the benefits of OA, we are excited to see what can be jointly achieved over the next three years."

Dr Jessica Gardner, university librarian and director of library services at Cambridge University Libraries, said: "The previous three-year agreement increased the number of open access articles published by UK researchers in Springer journals by 300%. The deal displays the effectiveness of open access publishing making it as simple as possible for researchers and universities. There is greater than ever imperative for such agreements to meet our open access expectations and to be financially sustainable for the sector."

The deal anticipates a further increase in the percentage of UK research being published open access in the eligible journals from 74% in 2018 to closer to 100% by 2020.

All 2150 hybrid and subscription journals under the Springer brand are included in the agreement and available for open access publishing and reading.

Jisc (formerly the Joint Information Systems Committee) is a not-for-profit organisation providing the UK’s national research and education network, Janet. It is funded by the UK higher and further education and research funding bodies and member institutions.

Pictured: Steven Inchcoombe, chief publishing officer at Springer Nature

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