January 26, 2022

German Institutions to Benefit From First Transformative Agreement for Nature (Springer/Max Planck Digital Library Agreement)

From a Joint Springer and Max Planck Digital Library Announcement

Springer Nature and the Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) have agreed an approach that will deliver the first ever transformative agreement (TA) for Nature and Nature-branded journals. Building on the nationwide Projekt DEAL agreement concluded last January for Springer Nature journals, the commercial framework agreed with MPDL will now be offered to German institutions, in time for a January 2021 start.

The transformative agreement, which will run for four years, enables authors affiliated with participating institutions to publish their research articles accepted for publication in Nature and Nature-branded research journals immediately open access at no cost to them. Participating institutions will also gain read access to the complete Nature portfolio, including Nature Review titles and all forthcoming Nature-branded journals.


The Nature framework is based on a tiered price structure; in line with current subscription expenditure levels and taking into account the vastly different holdings and equally different publishing outputs of each participating institution. The terms provide for:

  • Open access publishing of all research articles accepted for publication in Nature and Nature research journals by affiliated authors
  • Comprehensive reading access to all Nature subscription titles, including Nature Review titles
  • Reading access to all new future Nature titles and OA publishing in new launches
  • Reallocation of the vast proportion of reading fees into support for open access publishing based on a cost of €9,500 per article

Read the Complete Announcement

Max Planck Digital Library Announcement

See Also: Germany: Springer Nature and Projekt DEAL Finalise World’s Largest Transformative Open Access Agreement

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