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Maximum number of Open Access articles in Springer journals reached

27 October 2021

The Open Access agreement concluded with Springer publishers on behalf of the universities in the Netherlands is based on a maximum of 2,080 articles per year. The possibility to publish Open Access articles in Springer journals was widely used this year. As a result, the agreed maximum number of articles has been reached .

This means that articles that are accepted during the remainder of 2021 are no longer eligible for Open Access without costs to Leiden researchers.

As of today, authors who are to publish their manuscript must be careful when the Open Access option is offered in the Springer portal. If authors choose to publish Open Access, they must cover the cost of publication fee themselves. No central funding is available to cover these costs and they are not covered by the library budget for national Open Access agreements.

We advise authors to get in touch with the library at openaccess@library.leidenuniv.nl so that we can discuss which alternatives are available to make their articles Open Access.

The current agreement with Springer ends on 31st December 2021. Negotiations about renewal are ongoing, so please pay attention to our website and/or Twitter account for our updates on this deal.

Please contact us at openaccess@library.leidenuniv.nl if you have any questions.

What choices do authors have?

In the scheme below, we explain what information you will be offered and what choices you can make.

After the cap has been reached in 2021, authors can use Springer's author portal to indicate their choice:

  • to publish Open Access at their own cost;
  • not to publish Open Access.
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