SwissUniversities, an organisation that represents the Universities in Switzerland, is currently negotiating so-called Read and Publish deals with scholarly communication publishers. Such a deal combines a subscription component to access the content of journals (“Read”) and the possibility to publish articles Open Access in those journals (“Publish”). The CERN Library is a member of the Swiss Consortium of Academic Libraries which works closely with SwissUniversities on these deals, and is participating in these negotiations for some publishers. This week, the negotiating team of SwissUniversities informed CERN that discussions with Springer Nature are not making progress so negotiations have been stopped and the current agreement will not be renewed for 2020.
As CERN is a member of the Consortium, this means that CERN users might lose access to new content published by Springer Nature after January 1st 2020.
Here is the list of journals affected by this change:
- Communications in Mathematical Physics
- European Physical Journal A
- European Physical Journal H
- European Physical Journal Plus
- General Relativity and Gravitation
- Hyperfine Interactions
- International Journal of Theoretical Physics
- Journal for General Philosophy of Science
- Journal of Grid Computing
- Nature physics
- Nature materials
- Scientific American
The CERN Library is committed to provide the content by other means, so if you need an article that is not available, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will do our best to send you the article within a few hours.
In addition, SwissUniversities has put together a document that describes other ways of accessing content included in those journals. Please have a look at the fact sheet
You’ll find the official communication from SwissUniversities here (we are only concerned by Springer Nature).
We will inform you as soon as the situation changes. The negotiations with Springer Nature will continue in 2020, to achieve a mutually acceptable agreement. In the meantime, do not hesitate to contact us at: email@example.com for any questions or concerns.