Springer Nature has agreed the largest transformative agreement in Japan with 10 institutions participating in an innovative pilot. This will see nearly 900 articles published open access in the coming year, marking a significant step forward to Open Science in the region.
Starting 01 January 2023, if you’re affiliated with any of the 10 participating institutions in Japan, you can receive funding support for your publication fees* when you publish open access in Springer Nature's portfolio of hybrid journals that are included in this pilot Transformative Agreement.
In addition, as part of the agreement, you will be able to read, use and reuse research published in Springer Nature journals across the Springer, Palgrave Macmillan and Adis portfolios and in the Academic Journals on nature.com.
This agreement will run through 31 December 2025.
*Subject to review of eligibility and approval from participating institutions
Announcement on 2023 article allowance
Please note that for 2023, a number of institutions that are part of the Japan pilot agreement have reached their maximum article allowance. This means the agreement is no longer covering OA publishing fees for affiliated authors of the following institutions until 01 January 2024.
- Waseda University
- Yokohama National University (YNU)
If you are an author affiliated with the above institutions, the option to publish open access is still available to you, but the publishing fee will not be covered under the Japan pilot agreement until 01 January 2024. Authors should use alternative funding sources in order to publish open access or proceed with publication under subscription until the agreement is reactivated. If you need advice on what open access funding is available to you, please visit our funding & support service page.
For more information, please contact email@example.com. Alternatively, contact the open access team at your institution.