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Springer and Jisc reach agreement

March 31, 2015

Springer Science+Business Media and Jisc have agreed on a new arrangement which takes into account UK scientists' need to comply with multiple funders' open access policies and to have access to the vast library of scientific articles published by Springer, while containing the combined costs of article processing charges and subscriptions.

The proposed agreement will cap the amount paid by UK higher education institutions to subscribe and maintain full access to Springer's high quality subscription journals and to make their researchers' articles open access in those journals, the latter being in compliance with the requirements of HEFCE's Research Excellence Framework, RCUK's open access policy and other major funders such as the Charity Open Access Fund . It is intended that the agreement will significantly reduce the cost and administration barriers to hybrid open access publishing for UK academic institutions, while supporting the transition to open access in a transparent and sustainable way.

Jisc and Springer first entered into negotiations in response to changes to the UK's open access requirements in early 2014. Jisc supports education and research through digital services, and approached Springer with a clear mandate and objectives to contain the costs to UK institutions. Springer is committed to recognizing and accommodating the needs of libraries, funders, universities and researchers.

Extensive discussions have been necessary to understand the needs and requirements of all stakeholders and to prepare a framework that could form the basis for a sustainable model of publishing in, and giving access to, Springer's subscription journals. As a transformative model, the two organizations will engage in ongoing co-operation and assessment so that they can ensure the arrangement continues to meet UK higher education institutions' compliance needs as open access requirements evolve. Both parties have worked together in a constructive way, echoing the process and intention of the Finch Group.

"Springer is proud to work so closely with Jisc on this new direction in science publishing", says Roné Robbetze, VP Sales Northwestern Europe and Africa. "The UK has taken a major step in further developing open access and we are happy to be the first to have such a far-reaching arrangement here".

"Jisc sees the development of these models as essential in order to contain the total cost of ownership of scholarly communication" says Lorraine Estelle, executive director of digital resources and divisional CEO of Jisc Collections. "Springer has shown a deep understanding of the issue and contributed proactively in finding a model that addresses the needs of UK higher education institutions as they lead in the transition to open access."
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About Jisc

Jisc offers digital services and solutions for UK education and research. The charity does this to achieve its vision for the UK to be the most digitally advanced education and research nation in the world.

Working together across the higher education, further education and skills sectors, Jisc provides trusted advice and support, reduces sector costs across shared network, digital content, IT services and procurement negotiations, ensuring the sector stays ahead of the game with research and development for the future. Find out more at http://www.jisc.ac.uk or contact the press team on press@jisc.ac.uk

About Springer

Springer Science+Business Media is a leading global scientific, technical and medical publisher, providing researchers in academia, scientific institutions and corporate R&D departments with quality content via innovative information products and services. Springer is also a trusted local-language publisher in Europe - especially in Germany and the Netherlands - primarily for physicians and professionals working in healthcare and road safety education. Springer published roughly 2,200 English-language journals and more than 8,400 new books in 2013, and the group is home to the world's largest STM eBook collection, as well as the most comprehensive portfolio of open access journals. In 2013, Springer Science+Business Media generated sales of approximately EUR 943 million. The group employs more than 8,000 individuals across the globe.

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