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Negotiations with Springer Nature at a glance:

  • 03/22/16: Workshop with Springer Nature including discussions about possible DEAL negotiations
  • 05/03/16: Decision by the project steering committee to start exploratory talks in 2017
  • 05/17/17: Start of negotiations
  • 10/12/17: HRK press release regarding the current state of negotiations and the temporary arrangement for 2018
  • 12/04/18: HRK press release regarding the current state of negotiations and the temporary arrangement for 2019
  • 08/22/19: HRK press release regarding the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding

Negotiations with Springer Nature are under way.
Please understand however that we cannot provide information about individual negotiation dates and offers.


On 22nd of August, DEAL and Springer Nature signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Berlin.
This sets the scene for the world’s most comprehensive open access agreement to be signed in autumn. The finalized agreement will be made available in full text whereas the MoU will not be published.
The agreement is expected to see well over 13,000 articles a year from German researchers published open access (around 9,500 in Springer Nature’s subscription journals plus some 3,500 in fully open access journals).

Key elements of the Memorandum of Understanding:

(1) Agreement period:

2020-2022, with optional renewal for 2023

(2) Entitled institutions:

All German research institutions entitled to participate in the Alliance Licenses funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) are eligible to participate (universities, universities of applied sciences, research institutions, state and regional libraries). Hospitals (except university hospitals) and private-sector companies of any kind, e.g. pharmaceutical companies are not entitled to participate.

(3) Journal access / journal titles included:

Access to the issues of around 1,900 journals published during the contract period will be included: all Springer, Springer Medical/Medizin, Palgrave, Adis, Macmillan academic journals.
A journal title list will be provided in advance of the contract start. Journals newly added to the portfolio during the contract period are automatically included in the agreement.

(4) Not included journal titles / brands:

Not included are: Nature and Nature branded journals and purely professional journals (including but not limited to ATZ, MTZ) as well as magazines (including but not limited to Scientific American, Spektrum der Wissenschaft).

(5) Backfiles, Archives:

Participating institutions receive complementary backfile access to issues of licensed journals during the contract period back to 1997 or to the extent Springer Nature’s rights in the licensed journals permit.

Springer Nature and DEAL desire to permanently close gaps in journal archive content of certain Springer Nature journals.

(6) Deep discount pricing for print:

Participating institutions may receive discounted print copies of the licensed journals, i.e. 75% on the journal list price (equals a 25% deep discount price), but no discount on shipping and handling charges.

(7) Open Access publishing in subscription journals:

From 1.1.2020, publications by authors from entitled institutions may be published open access in around 1,900 subscription journals of the publisher. Not included are: Nature and Nature branded journals and purely professional journals (including but not limited to ATZ, MTZ) as well as magazines (including but not limited to Scientific American, Spektrum der Wissenschaft).

For the purposes of determining coverage, the date of reference is the online publication date of the article.

(8) Publish and Read Fee (PAR-Fee)

2750 € per article.

(9) Publishing in Gold Open Access Journals

The agreement will enable open access publishing by authors from entitled institutions (submitting corresponding authors) in around 600 Springer Nature fully open access journals (including Nature Communications and Scientific Reports).

Springer Nature offers 20% discount on list price for BMC and Springer Open titles for all institutions.

List price increases of article processing charges will not exceed 3,5 % per journal title per year.