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A new Transformative Agreement in Asia Pacific and Impact on Japan

In October this year, Springer Nature and the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) signed a transformative agreement (TA) for the first time in the Asia-Pacific region. Members of the CAUL Consortium will be able to publish their research Open Access (OA) in more than 2,000 journals, making this one of CAUL’s largest transformative agreements to date. The framework has been agreed at the consortium level with all 47 member universities across Australia and New Zealand plus seven external institutions participating. This will significantly change the mechanism for disseminating research results from Australia and New Zealand, and will help to expand the reach and influence of research outcome to a wider audience.

In this free online seminar, Mr. Angus Cook from CAUL will talk about the road to the agreement with Springer Nature and their expectations and challenges ahead. In addition, Masakatsu Endo from Springer Nature will explain the significance and structure of Springer Nature's Transformative Agreements, and will also discuss the current situation and issues that need to be addressed in order to establish a Transformative Agreement in Japan.

*This event is only open to customers of Springer Nature. We regret to inform you that, if you are from a competitor, you will not be eligible to participate. Thank you for your understanding.

Seminar Agenda

Opening remarks: Antoine Bocquet, Managing Director, Springer Nature

  1. Session 1: Creating new Read and Publish opportunities in challenging times (Tentative) - Angus Cook, Director of Content Procurement, the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL)
  2. Session 2: Springer Nature's activities to promote Open Access and initiatives to establish a Transformative Agreement in Japan - Masakatsu Endo, Director of Business Development, Institutional Sales, Springer Nature
    • Springer Nature is the world leader in the promotion of open access (OA) 
    • Springer Nature’s transformative agreements (TA) 
    • Aiming to conclude TA in Japan


Angus Cook

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Director of Content Procurement, the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL)

Angus Cook joined CAUL as Director, Content Procurement, in January 2020 bringing with him many years of commercial experience having worked with both content and systems vendors.  Angus has worked for commercial publishers including Springer Nature and gained experience with legal publishing while working at Thomson Reuters.  While working for Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC), Angus gained experience in services for library management, resource sharing and authentication.

Masakatsu Endo

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Director of Business Development, Institutional Sales, Springer Nature

Joined Nature Publishing Group in 2005. Involved in the license/subscription business, focusing mainly on the universities, he was responsible for negotiating terms and conditions with consortiums. In later years, he also managed business in South Korea and Southeast Asia.  Since the launch of Springer Nature in 2015, he has been managing the licensing business for the entire Japanese market as a sales director of the Japanese subsidiary. Appointed Director of Business Development in 2021, he has been working on building a business model that meets the needs of the Japanese market and engaging in discussions with library professionals in order to conclude transformative agreements in Japan.

Antoine Bocquet

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Managing Director, Springer Nature

Antoine Bouquet is Vice President Institutional Sales, Japan Southeast Asia and Oceania for Springer Nature, based in Tokyo, and has over 20 years’ experience in academic publishing industry in the Asia-Pacific.  He also holds the position of Managing Director of the Springer Nature companies in Japan. He is responsible for all Institutional sales in the regions of Japan, Southeast Asia and Oceania, and during his career has led publishing programs in Asia, founded a medical communication business in Japan and been book commissioning editor. As Australian by birth, Tony holds a PhD (Physics) from the University of Tokyo and is a graduate of Griffith University in Brisbane. He has lived permanently in Japan since 1994.