Open Access Agreement for the University of California

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Springer Nature and the University of California have signed a transformative open access publishing agreement that will accelerate OA research in the US and make US-funded research more visible, usable, reusable and reproducible around the world more quickly. It will enable all UC corresponding authors to publish OA in Springer Nature’s portfolio of over 2,200 hybrid journals as well as in over 500 Springer Nature fully OA journals, including those in the BMC portfolio. It also provides reading access to all journals in the Springer portfolio which represents over 1,000 additional new titles, delivering benefits to librarians and researchers. 

The agreement, which is the largest open access agreement in North America to date, and the first for Springer Nature in the U.S., signals increasing global momentum and support for the open access movement. 

The UC libraries will cover at least the first US$1,000 of each article processing charge (APC) for all UC corresponding authors who publish open access in hybrid and fully open access journals from Springer, Palgrave, BMC and Nature Portfolio (excluding Nature and Nature branded research journals). If there is any remaining balance due on the APC, Springer Nature will ask UC authors if they have research funding available to cover the balance. If an author does not have research funds available to cover the remainder of the APC, the UC libraries will pay the entire APC on the author’s behalf, ensuring that lack of research funds does not present a barrier for UC authors who wish to publish open access in these journals.