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swissuniversities and Springer Nature sign a new Open Access agreement

swissuniversities has adopted a new transformative Open Access agreement with Springer Nature. This agreement provides Swiss researchers with access to SpringerLink with over 2’000 Hybrid journals and enables authors affiliated with the Swiss academic and research institutions to publish their accepted research papers Open Access, making this primary research immediately and freely accessible from the point of publication.

“The agreement with Springer Nature is an important step towards achieving the goal of Open Access. It guarantees researchers and students optimal access to publications during the transitional period.”, said Yves Flückiger, President of swissuniversities and head of the negotiation team.

This agreement is effective from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2022 and follows the Memorandum of Understanding, signed by both parties in March 2020. As of 1 July 2020, the Swiss Agreement entitles corresponding authors affiliated with member institutions of swissuniversities and additional Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries customers to publish 100% of their accepted research papers immediately Open Access in Springer Nature’s over 2000 Hybrid journals. Furthermore, the Swiss Agreement provides full reading and continuing access to Springer Nature’s journal portfolio (incl. Springer, Palgrave, Adis, and Nature Academic Journals) for all researchers and students affiliated with the participating institutions.  

This agreement represents a significant step towards achieving the goal of 100% Open Access published articles by 2024 in Switzerland - a goal aimed by the national Open Access strategy of swissuniversities. After contract signing with Elsevier in May 2020, this agreement is the second national contract with a major publisher, supporting all academic and research institutions across Switzerland as they transition to Open Access.

The agreement has been published and can be accessed on the homepage of the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries.

More information on the scope of the agreement can be found at


Media contacts:

Josefa Haas, Head of Communications at swissuniversities

+41 31 335 07 34,,


Fabian Felder, secretary of the negotiation team, Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries

+41 44 510 16 89,,


Katie Baker, Head of Communications, Publishing and Research,  


About swissuniversities

swissuniversities is the rectors’ conference of the Swiss universities. The umbrella organisation is the common voice of the Swiss universities and promotes cooperation and coordination between the universities and the various types of universities:


About the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries

The Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries obtains licenses for scientific resources (electronic journals, e-books and databases). It offers a broad range of services and supports the efforts to establish a national Open Access strategy. It therefore plays an instrumental role in guaranteeing the quality and competitiveness of Switzerland as a university and research hub:  


About Springer Nature

For over 175 years Springer Nature has been advancing discovery by providing the best possible service to the whole research community. We help researchers uncover new ideas, make sure all the research we publish is significant, robust and stands up to objective scrutiny, that it reaches all relevant audiences in the best possible format, and can be discovered, accessed, used, re-used and shared. We support librarians and institutions with innovations in technology and data; and provide quality publishing support to societies. 

As a research publisher, Springer Nature is home to trusted brands including Springer, Nature Research, BMC, Palgrave Macmillan and Scientific American. For more information, please visit and @SpringerNature


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