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DEAL-contract with Springer Nature

The University of Würzburg participates in the nationwide DEAL contract with the publisher Springer Nature. The contract is valid from 2020 to 2023.

The pricing model during the duration of he contract is based on article fees, not subscription costs. Each article, which is published in a Springer subscription journal, will be charged with a Publish-and-Read-Fee. The Publish-and-Read-Fee covers the Publish and Read components mentioned below.

If you are member of the University of Würzburg, this means:

  • Access to articles:
    You have permanent access to the content of all Springer journals as of 1997.
  • Publishing in subscription journals
    Your articles in about 1900 subscription journals of Springer are published als Open Access articles if you are the corresponding author and if your article is published from 1.1.2020 to 31.12.2023. Normally SpringerNature will inform you directly if your article meets the criteria.
    The costs for the Open Access Option are covered by the University Library.
    You are not bound to use the Open Access Option in these journals. However the University will save no costs if you don’t use the Open Access Option.
  • Publishing in Open Access journals
    Publishing in about 600 Open Access journals of Springer Nature is also part of the contract, if your article is published before 31.12.2023. The costs for articles in Gold Open Access journals can be funded by the Open Access publication fund of the University if you meet the criteria for funding. The invoice will be prepaid by the University Library. The University Library covers 42 % (max. 1000 EUR) oft he complete costs (APC + taxes).


Further information regarding Project DEAL

Further information from SpringerNature