Springer Nature Announces a Transformative Agreement in Mexico

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With a stand at Guadalajara’s fair, Springer Nature says its new transformative agreement in Mexico is the largest in Latin American markets so far.

Opening-day attendees arrive (November 26) at Mexico’s Guadalajara International Book Fair. Image: FIL Guadalajara, Nabil Quintero

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Open-Access Publication at 1,900 Springer Nature Journals
Announced today (November 28), Holtzbrinck’s Springer Nature has secured its first transformative agreement with the National Autonomous University of Mexico—whose rector, Enrique Graue Wiechers, was part of the opening events at the Guadalajara International Book Fair this weekend.

Springer Nature, in fact, is at the Guadalajara fair through Wednesday (November 30) and can be found at stand ÑÑ17. (The book fair itself continues its run through Sunday, November 4.)

According to Springer’s media messaging, the contract is the first and largest institutional transformative agreement of its kind in Latin America. It follows the publisher’s first institutional transformative agreements in Canada and Latin America earlier this year (that Latin American deal is in Colombia), and its agreement with the University of California in 2020, announced for a renewal in 2022.

In terms of impact, it’s expected that at least 30,000 affiliated researchers now will have an option to open-access publishing “at no cost to them,” Springer says, “benefiting from higher usage, download and citation rates.”

Maria Lopes

In a prepared statement, Maria Lopes, Springer Nature’s vice-president for institutional sales, is quoted, saying, “With agreements in place in Canada, the United States, and Colombia, we have seen the development of sustainable models for the regions, ensuring open science can continue to grow and thrive in the Americas.”

Lopes notes that the company’s first deal in Mexico with the National Autonomous University “strengthens our longstanding partnership.

“We remain focused on facilitating international open access and supporting academic collaboration, discoverability, and usability at scale.”

The newly created transformative agreement is set to run to 2024 and includes read-access to more than 2,300 journals in the Springer, Adis, and Nature portfolios. Affiliated researchers are said to gain access to open-access publishing of their work in at least 1,900 Nature journals, and the company says it expects to see as many as 1,000 articles published gold open-access during the life of the agreement.

The red arrow indicates the location of Springer Nature’s stand on the Guadalajara exhibition floor through November 30. Image: FIL Guadalajara

Springer Nature’s 17 national agreements, along with its institutional deals, now are said by the company to support researchers “from more than 2,650 affiliated institutions to publish open-access, enabling an expected 41,400 or more open-access articles to be published per year” through these channels.

Springer sees this as a testament to transformative agreements as “the fastest way to enable the open-access transition.”

The company says that these deals with major institutions such as the university let authors publish open-access, complying with funders’ open-access requirements, “while enabling participating institutions to better manage the cost and administration of open access,” Springer’s media messaging says, “by combining journal subscription access [“read access”] along with open-access publication costs.

In the hotly contested space in which major academic and scholarly publishers are competing for agreements, researchers’ work, and news-media visibility, Springer Nature makes a point of stating its commitment “to support all authors regardless of discipline, location or funding, to publish open-access.”

Guadalajara International Book Fair attendees browsing books at the Grupo Planeta stand on Sunday (November 27). Image: FIL Guadalajara, Nabil Quintero

More from Publishing Perspectives on Springer Nature is here, more on open access is here, and more on scholarly and academic publishing is here. More from Publishing Perspectives on the Mexican publishing market is here, more on Guadalajara International Book Fair is here, and more on world publishing’s trade shows and book fairs is here

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.