Springer Nature


Projekt DEAL entered its second nationwide transformative agreement with Springer Nature on 8 January 2020.

With more than 13,000 scholarly articles by authors affiliated with German institutions accepted for publication each year in Springer Nature journals, the agreement enables a vast portion of German research to be published openly.

Agreement highlights

  • The DEAL-Springer Nature agreement enables Open Access publishing of articles in over 2000 Springer Nature journals; the open access publishing costs are covered by repurposing former subscription fees via DEAL’s transitional “publish and read” cost model.

  • Institutions gain unlimited perpetual access for their readers to current and back issues of the entire Springer nature journal portfolio.

  • Thanks to the funding from the DFG, the Springer Nature journal archive has been acquired and is made available to German institutions free of charge. The archive provides seamless access to the national licence for the Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2002.

  • The cost of open access publishing and reading access in subscription journals are covered by repurposing former subscription fees via DEAL’s transitional “publish and read” cost model, in the per-article amount negotiated of Euro 2750.

  • The agreement also secures a 20% savings on the list Article Processing Charges (APC’s) of more than 400 fully open access journals and places a cap on APC price increases over the agreement period.

  • Fourth-year extension

Formalize your institution’s participation in the Springer Nature agreement

Authors affiliated with the more than 1,000 DEAL institutions across Germany automatically benefit from the open access publishing rights of the DEAL-Springer Nature agreement, but each institution must formally register through DEAL’s operational arm, MPDL Services gGmbH, in order to deliver access to the full online journal portfolio to their readers.

Find out how to expand your readers’ access to high-quality journal content and support authors in openly publishing their research through the DEAL agreements here (German language only).