May 20, 2022

Germany: E-Journals: Baden-Wuerttemberg Consortium Signs Pioneering (Non-Subscription Based) Agreement with Springer

From a Springer Announcement:

Starting January 2015, researchers, faculty members and students affiliated with colleges and universities in the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg will have convenient access to 1,917 electronic journals published by Springer. The license will continue through the end of 2017.

The state has [also] purchased permanent archival rights to these journals back to 2003 for inclusion in the Baden-Wuerttemberg Archive. This will provide comprehensive, seamless and permanent access, directly complementing the Springer national license with Germany, which also covers the time before 2003.


Dagmar Laging [VP of Library Sales at Springer] emphasized the importance of this licensing model, saying, [Our emphasis] “We are especially pleased that we have concluded the first such agreement in the Western world that is not subscription-based, but instead based on new parameters. At the same time, by working together, we have succeeded in ensuring a forward-looking supply of information for all colleges and universities in Baden-Wuerttemberg. For Springer, this contract represents an important step into a new era of sustainable licensing models.”

“The licensing agreement is an important milestone in providing electronic access to scientific information for education and research, and not just in Baden-Wuerttemberg. It will also serve as a valuable point of reference at the national and international level,” explained Dr. Antje Kellersohn. “For example, it is already serving as the blueprint for preparatory work carried out by the project group ‘BuLiz – Bundesweite Lizenzierung (Federal Licensing),’ a joint initiative of two university libraries in Baden-Wuerttemberg.”

The consortium is a joint purchasing entity representing 51 academic libraries in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. Financing is provided by Baden-Wuerttemberg’s Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts, and by the libraries that have joined the Baden-Wuerttemberg Consortium. The consortium’s managing office is located at the university library in Freiburg.

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