Big deal for research reading and writing

Council of Australian University Librarians has singed its second major agreement in a week

This one is with for-profit journal giant Springer-Nature.

Under the agreement, Springer will publish 3300 articles a year from researchers at CAUL and friends. They will appear in hybrid journals, those that publish both paywalled and pay to publish content.

Researchers at participating institutions, will also have access to 2000 titles.

Crucially, this comes at no additional cost – with an institution’s existing subscription to cover reading and publishing charges.

The new agreement applies to CAUL’s 47 member institutions in Australia and New Zealand, plus seven unnamed “external institutions.”

It follows a deal with Cambridge University Press for open access to those of its journals libraries now subscribe to and sets article processing charges for publishing in 380 CUP titles (CMM October 15).

Two further access agreements, between CAUL and a major journal publisher and a university press are said to be imminent.