Read and Publish Agreement with Springer Allows Easier Open Access for SU Researchers

April 15, 2024, 3 p.m.

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Syracuse University Libraries recently signed its 12th ‘read and publish’ open access agreement, this time with major academic publisher Springer. This agreement will expand the reach of Syracuse University researchers’ scholarly contributions by enabling all SU-affiliated authors the ability to publish their work open access in Springer’s more than 2,000 hybrid journals at no charge to the authors. Open access allows for anyone to use these scholarly works, free of charge and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions for further use. ‘Read and publish’ agreements provide an opportunity for Syracuse University-affiliated authors to make their work immediately open access when published in journals published by these organizations at no cost to the author.

Springer journals constitute one of the largest publication venues for SU authors. Based on Syracuse University authors’ strong publication history in Springer titles, the Libraries’ expects this most recent agreement to have wide reach. Springer imprints covered by this agreement include Palgrave Macmillan journals, Adis Journals, and Academic journals. Excluded from this agreement are gold open access titles and Nature-branded journal titles.

This three-year agreement was negotiated through the NorthEAST Research Libraries consortium (NERL) for seven NERL member institutions. Scott Warren, Syracuse University Libraries’ Senior Associate Dean for Research Excellence, was co-chair of the NERL negotiation team. More information on the NERL and Springer open publishing agreement is available on the Center for Research Libraries’ website.

“This is a substantive agreement that the Libraries is supporting, and we believe it will have broad impact for our University-affiliated authors,” said David Seaman, Dean of the Libraries and University Librarian. “Increasing the opportunities for open access publishing at no cost to the authors is an important goal in the Libraries’ academic strategic plan. We are committed to driving the open distribution of research data and scholarship to increase the University’s global impact and reputation.”

More information and instructions on how authors can take advantage of these agreements can be found in the Transformative Agreements and APC Coverage Research Guide.

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