Springer Nature and CRUI-CARE sign Publish & Read contract

First Transformative Agreement of Science Publisher in Southern Europe drives Open Access in Italy

Springer Nature has signed a Publish & Read (Transformative Agreement) with CRUI-CARE (Conferenza dei Rettori delle Universita Italiane). This association of Italian state and non-state universities represents over 90 scientific institutions. According to the scientific publisher, it is the first transformative contract in Southern Europe. It is intended as a supplement to eleven other national agreements in European countries that have the goal of a complete conversion to open access in mind. Springer Nature is considered to be the publisher with the most national transformation agreements.

The new Transformative Agreement (TA), in which the contracting parties gradually switch from a classic subscription model to Open Access (OA), is intended to lower the barriers for authors to fulfill OA requirements. There are several advantages for the CRUI-CARE association: Researchers at participating institutions will be able to publish OA in Springer Nature's portfolio (over 2,200 hybrid journals, including journals from Palgrave and Adis) and will have full read access to all of the publisher's subscription content. Officials anticipate more than 3,500 Italian research articles per year which will be freely accessible worldwide at the time of publication as a result of the new agreement. The contract was initially agreed for a term of four years until 31 December 2024.

"Transformative agreements are incredibly important in driving the transition to OA, as they enable the move to OA at country level," commented Dagmar Laging, Vice President Institutional Sales Europe at Springer Nature, on the signed agreement. "We are therefore very pleased to work on OA in Southern Europe for the first time with such a strong and renowned partner like CRUI-CARE. Together we will make research results from Italy immediately available worldwide, drive OA publishing and thereby bring about real progress for Open Science."