The licensing agreements of the University Library of Bern with major scientific publishing houses Elsevier, Wiley and Springer Nature expire at the end of 2019. Just like the other Swiss universities, the University of Bern has commissioned the umbrella organization swissuniversities to conduct negotiations with these three large publishing houses.
However, as of mid-December the Swiss universities had not been able to reach any agreement with Springer Nature. From the beginning of 2020 we will therefore find ourselves in a contractless position with Springer Nature.
The journals of Springer Nature will nevertheless be available until further notice. If this publishers closes the access, it goes without saying that researchers, lecturers and students of the University of Bern, the Bern University of Teacher Education, and the University Hospital of Bern nonetheless have access to the journals of Springer Nature.
“Read & publish” agreements
swissuniversities will continue its negotiations. The aim of these negotiations is to conclude so-called “read & publish” agreements. Agreements of this kind secure continued right of readership for the entire spectrum of publication of these publishers, with the additional benefit that Swiss researchers can publish their work within this offering in the future without incurring any additional costs. The commissioned negotiations should be viewed in the context of Switzerland’s open access strategy and the international transformation of scientific communication into open access.
A read & publish agreement could be reached with Elsevier. The existing agreement with Wiley has at least been extended to include 2020 without any price increase.