Springer Nature and UC Berkeley Library Sign Open Access Book Agreement

Open Access monographs by authors from the University of California will be funded for three years.

The academic publisher Springer Nature signs an agreement with the library of the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley Library) for open access book publishing: Starting in 2021 and for at least three years, UC authors will be funded to publish their book titles open access. A diverse selection from all academic disciplines will be published this year under the Springer, Palgrave and Apress imprints.
This agreement with UC Berkeley Library follows the system-wide Transformative Agreement (TA) with Springer Nature which was announced last year. It allows UC authors to publish research articles open access in over 2700 Springer Nature journals. The new agreement now supports not only publication in OA journals, but also OA monographs.

"This will help us make important progress on our path to knowledge growth by making more UC Berkeley-authored books available to the world," says Jo Anne Newyear-Ramirez, UC Berkeley Library. For at least three years, the library says, it will cover 100 per cent of the standard publication costs for open access books that are published by their authors with Springer Nature.
"By leveraging our experience as the largest academic book publisher and our expertise in transitioning to open access, we look forward to increasing the impact and reach of UC Berkeley book authors and their research," says Niels Peter Thomas, Springer Nature (academic publisher). The publisher signed its first transformative agreement in 2014 with the Netherlands and now has eleven national agreements, including the largest in the world by article volume, Project DEAL in Germany.