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Open Access Books: New contract with Springer Nature

May 11, 2022

Max Planck Digital Library Signs Open Access Book Contract with Springer Nature

Springer Nature has signed its largest institutional OA book deal with the Max Planck Society through the Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL). The agreement covers all Springer Nature book imprints, across a broad range of disciplines, across science, technology, medicine, the humanities and social sciences. 

The agreement, initially for three years and retroactive as of January 1, 2022, enables authors from all 86 Max Planck Institutes to receive a discount on the standard Book Publishing Charge (BPC) in order to publish their book Open Access. The MPDL will cover the remaining costs after the discount on a pro-rata basis, further reducing costs for authors. All books published under this agreement will be available with a CC BY license. The books will be available to readers around the world via Springer Nature's SpringerLink platform.

Ralf Schimmer, Head of Information at the MPDL, commented:

“In establishing this new agreement with Springer Nature, we further advance one of our core missions - to support our authors in the dissemination of their research beyond the restrictions of paywalls. By covering a significant share of the open access book publication costs, we are enabling more of our authors to publish their work openly, increasing readership and impact, in particular for those disciplines where books play a crucial role in the scholarly communication process.”

 
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