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December 8, 2020 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Springer Nature Enacts Gold OA Option for Nature Journals

Springer Nature announced that starting in January 2021, all of its authors can publish gold OA when submitting to Nature and its 32 research journals. They will receive the same article-processing charge (APC) as Max Planck Digital Library, which Springer Nature signed an agreement with in October 2020.

Also in January 2021, Springer Nature will launch an OA pilot that covers six journals and lets authors submit an article once and have the chance to publish in one of a number of journals. Authors who opt in to the pilot will pay an Editorial Assessment Charge and receive feedback via an Editorial Assessment Report. From there, if they are accepted for publication, they will pay a reduced APC; if they aren’t, they can use the report to help them get published by another journal.

“At Springer Nature we have been committed to driving the transition to open access for 20 years,” says Alison Mitchell, Springer Nature’s chief journals officer. “This is why, using our experience, we have been able to come up with a range of options to enable authors to publish OA in our highly selective titles. While transformative agreements are the biggest driver of OA transition and largely avoid the need for significant additional funding from authors themselves, these take time for institutions to put in place and are not suitable for all organisations. I am delighted that we are now able to open up this opportunity to ALL authors and also to experiment with brand new ways of helping our authors succeed via the guided OA pilot.”

For more information, read the press release.

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