Open access agreement with FinELib consortium

FinELib consortium comprises Finnish universities, universities of applied sciences, research institutes, and special public libraries. The consortium supports research, learning, and teaching process by providing high-quality information to the Finnish scholarly community. The consortium aims to effectively acquire electronic resources to support Finland’s goal of enhancing the outreach of open access publishing. The service unit of the consortium is functional at the National Library of Finland, which is the oldest and the largest. The unit is a key instrument in initiating negotiation for the licensing of e-resources on behalf of the Finnish scholarly community. 

The first agreement is a Transformative Agreement covering Springer Nature hybrid journals. The agreement covers open access publications in Springer, Palgrave & Adis hybrid journals on SpringerLink and Academic journals on The second agreement covers open access publications in Nature and original Nature research journals across the life, physical, clinical and social sciences. In addition, readers and users affiliated with participating institutions have access to more than 2,000 of Springer's subscription journals, at no extra cost.

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Authors affiliated with participating institutions connected to the consortium may be eligible to publish their articles open access, with fees covered in subscription journals that offer the open access option. 

Open access articles in Springer Nature journals are published under Creative Commons licences (CC BY and CC BY-NC). The CC BY licence is the most open licence available and considered the industry 'gold standard' for open access; it is also preferred by many funders. This licence allows readers to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format, and to alter, transform, or build upon the material, including for commercial use, providing the original author is credited. More information on that and other journal policies can be found here.

Springer Nature Transformative Agreement

Nature Transformative Agreement

Information for authors

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Resources and information material

OA agreement poster
OA agreement poster
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Online banner
Online banner
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Institutional factsheet
Institutional factsheet
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