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Negotiations with Springer Nature

swissuniversities and Springer Nature have concluded an Open Access agreement, which came into force on January 1st, 2020.

As part of the Swiss agreement, authors from the member institutions of swissuniversities and other customers from the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries are able to publish their accepted research work in full and immediately via Open Access in Springer Nature’s 2,000-plus hybrid periodicals. This agreement also grants full reading rights and permanent access to Springer Nature’s periodicals portfolio (including academic periodicals from Springer, Palgrave, Adis, and Nature) for all researchers and students from the participating institutions.   

It marks a significant step towards the 2024 objective of Open Access publication of 100% of all articles as part of the swissuniversities national Open Access strategy. Following the signing of the contract with Elsevier in May 2020, this agreement represents the second nationwide contract with a major publishing house to help all Swiss academic and research institutions to make the transition to Open Access.


Update from March 2nd, 2022

Conclusion of the negotiations in 2021 coincided with the start of preparations for the next round of negotiations, and the plenary assembly of swissuniversities approved an updated negotiation mandate on February 3rd, 2022, which ties in with the previous negotiation objectives.

Update from November 12, 2021

As announced in August, the allocation for articles included in the contract with Springer Nature has now been reached. This means that, up to the end of the year, researchers from the participating institutions can no longer publish their articles for free via Open Access. Researchers may approach their institutions to discuss the alternatives available. A new allocation for free Open Access articles will apply again from January 2022.

Update from August 25, 2021

After 20 months, it is clear that the agreement with Springer Nature has been very well received. The researchers from the participating institutions are publishing a great deal of material, which is a good sign on the journey towards 100% Open Access for 2024. However, this also means that, contrary to expectations, the allocation for the contractually agreed articles for 2021 will not be sufficient through to the end of the year, and the maximum limit for included articles will probably be reached in October 2021. A new allocation is available again for 2022, so articles can be published under the contract once more from January 2022 at the latest without any additional APC costs.


Related links

The agreement for 2020-2022 is publicly accessible and can be found on the website of the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries.

You can find further information on the scope of the agreement at

Press release of July 2020 on the conclusion of negotiations. 


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