The Rector signed the University's declaration of participation in the transformative agreement of the German Rectors' Conference with Springer Nature as part of the DEAL project at the beginning of June 2020. This is a "Publish&Read" agreement for the years 2020 to 2022 – now extended until 2023 –, which is intended to shape the transition from subscription-based to publication-based financing of the supply of scientific journals. Members of the University of Münster have immediate access to approx. 2,800 journals of the Springer publishing group (from 01 January 2022 also including the subscription journals of the Nature group) as well as permanent access to the archive volumes from 1997 onwards.
Nature Branded Journals
The University of Münster became part of the nationwide consortium for the journal "Nature" and another 57 so-called "Nature Branded Journals" (NBJ) on 01 January 2022. The Transformative Agreement complements the DEAL agreement with Springer Nature, which includes "Nature Communications" as the only NBJ title.
Through the NBJ transformative agreement, it is possible to publish open access in "Nature" and 34 other NBJ journals as a "submitting" or "corresponding author" at no additional cost.
A list of all NBJ titles and the open access titles included in the package can be found here.
As of 01 January 2020: if members of the University of Münster act as first submitting authors in hybrid journals ("submitting" or "corresponding author"), these articles will be published as Open Access publications at no additional cost. Please note the information below on the types of articles covered by the contract.
For Gold Open Access journals from the "SpringerOpen" and "Biomed Central" packages, including "Nature Communications" and "Scientific Reports", there is no longer a discount on the Article Processing Charge (APC).
What does this mean for the funding of the articles you publish as a first submitting author in Springer journals?
Under the terms of the transformative agreements, there is no direct invoicing with the authors. MPDL Services GmbH will issue collective invoices to the University of Münster at regular intervals.
Nature Branded Journals
- If you are logged into Springer's publication system with your "WWU"- (University of Münster) or "UKM"- (Münster's University Hospital) email address, the costs for the journals covered by the Nature framework agreement should be covered automatically.
- On the one hand, an invoice is issued for the Publish&Read fee for the approx. 2,000 hybrid non-Nature journals. This amount is distributed among the ULB Münster and the departments according to the distribution principles mutually agreed upon by the University of Münster's License Commission.
- On the other hand, the bill for the costs of publications in non-Nature Springer Gold Open Access journals is split according to the regulation for the University's Publication Fund. Here, the ULB bears one third of up to €2,000 per article, while the departments bear two thirds of the amount up to €2,000 as well as any costs per article exceeding this amount.
- Opt-out option: as an author, you also have the option of opting out of Open Access. Opting out, however, means that the article will be published in closed access and you will transfer exclusive rights to the publisher, which restricts you in the further use of your own work. The article itself would then only be visible worldwide to institutions with a subscription to the corresponding journal. Opting out does not lead to any cost reduction for the University of Münster. We therefore urge you not to make use of this option.
- The contract covers only the article types "Original Paper", "Review Paper" and "Brief Communication"; other articles are excluded.
- Any additional costs such as colour charges, page charges, cover charges or open-access-independent publication charges are not covered by the framework agreement and must be borne by the authors themselves.
- The DEAL consortium, which negotiated the transformative agreement, provides information on these pages about what the contract means for you as an author.