A 3-year national agreement with publisher Springer Nature

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© Springer Nature

In the frame of the Swiss national strategy on Open Access, a transformative agreement Read & Publish has been nationally negotiated by swissuniversities with the publisher Springer Nature. The Swiss agreement has been signed by member institutions of swissuniversities and additional Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries customers for 3 years (2020-2022).

EPFL community now have an unlimited access to Springer Nature’s journal portfolio (incl. Springer, Palgrave, Adis and Nature Academic Journals).

EPFL affiliated authors can publish in Open Access at no cost in more than 2,000 hybrid journals (excl. Gold Open Access journals). See the complete list here. The agreement is valid for articles accepted from July 1st, 2020.

For the authors, a workflow has been put in place by the publisher: once the publication is accepted, the corresponding author is notified that this can be published in Open Access in the frame of the Read and Publish Agreement. Corresponding author has to specify his/her affiliation and research funding and is asked to choose a Creative Commons license for the dissemination of the article (CC-BY and CC-BY-NC). The EPFL Library checks the eligibility of the author.

For these first years (2020, 2021 and 2022), the number of Gold Open Access articles taken in charge is restricted at a national level (690, 1418 and 1430 publications, respectively). If in any year the maximum number of articles included in the agreement is exceeded, or if the eligibility of the authors has not been validated by EPFL, the publishing invoice will be directly sent to authors. From 2023, the number of Open Access publications included in the agreement will be unlimited.

The journal Nature, the “Nature”-branded journals (e.g. Nature Chemistry) and Scientific American are not included in the Open Access publishing agreement. Some of them are accessible online for reading depending on EPFL Library subscriptions.

More information on accessible journals: [email protected] (Electronic Resources Team)

More information on OA and publishing options: [email protected] (Publish Support team)