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Springer Nature Shares the Success of Its OA Agreement With German Institutions

“Only a few months after it was signed, almost all German universities and higher education institutions have joined the renewed open access (OA) agreement between the DEAL consortium and Springer Nature,” announced Springer Nature in a press release. “The more than 99 percent participation rate reflects the significant benefits which the previous agreement has delivered for institutions and researchers.” The DEAL agreement has increased engagement in Germany with scientific work from around the world, and vice versa. Between 2018 and 2022, the following occurred:
  • The amount of freely immediately accessible publications by researchers in Germany has more than quadrupled to 15,000 per year.
  • The global download figures for such articles increased by more than five-fold to an average of almost 1,300 per article.
  • The number of downloads of subscription content by DEAL participants rose by 53 percent to 18.8 million.

Under the agreement, “researchers from participating institutions [can] publish content in the OA and hybrid Springer, Palgrave and Adis journals as well as in the OA titles of Nature Portfolio and the BMC journals at attractive conditions. They also receive reading access to subscription articles from the entire Springer, Palgrave and Adis portfolio.”

For more information, read the press release.

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