Transformative agreements playing vital role in OA transition

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New data from Springer Nature shows the vital role transformative agreements (TAs) are playing in driving the global transition to open access (OA). They are the main reason OA is increasing in Springer Nature’s  hybrid journals, delivering OA equity across all academic disciplines.

The data shows that: 

  • In 2022 OA research published in Springer Nature’s hybrid journals by authors whose institution is part of a TA grew three times faster than OA research published in these titles by authors whose institution was not part of a TA (“author choice”) ;
  • The increase in number of agreements Springer Nature reached has led to OA content published in its hybrid portfolio growing by nearly 40% since 2017; and
  • TAs are also proving instrumental in enabling authors in the humanities and social sciences (HSS) to publish OA. Over 90% of HSS OA content in its hybrid journals, is now published via a TA, having grown at a faster rate than OA HSS content not published via a TA.

This means that more authors across all disciplines are now realising the benefits of increased usage and visibility that comes with publishing their research gold OA and having it immediately available for all to read and use - including 6x more downloads, 1.6x more citations and 4.9x altmetric attention.

Carrie Webster, VP Open Access at Springer Nature, commented: “Research has a pivotal role to play in addressing and understanding the challenges that face our global society. It is vital that we find better ways to enable all researchers to publish and take advantage of OA. By guaranteeing that research can be accessible, reusable and built upon, we can get it quickly into the hands of those that can tackle, and address, the most pressing issues facing our society.

“We believe TAs are the most important lever available to us to achieve this. Backed up by this recent date, their role in delivering a fast, sustainable and successful shift to OA at scale for all disciplines and locations is clear. TAs enable all researchers from the participating institution to publish OA, making it a viable option where it wasn’t before”.

The publisher’s  40+ global TAs, with recently signed national agreements in CyprusDenmark and Slovakia and an institutional agreement with CINVESTAV in Mexico, now support authors from more than 3,500 institutions globally.

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