|Agreement labeling||Springer Compact|
|Has the agreement been disclosed and published?||No|
|Agreement period||02/12/2019 – 12/31/2020|
|Consortia / Institution||Qatar National Library|
Approximate range of annual corresponding author publications
|Comments on size/article output||This should cover 88% of our research output|
How do the costs of the agreement relate to previous subscription-only agreements with the publisher?
|Comments on cost development||Agreement costs lower than previous spending level. We have not had an agreement since end of 2016. Significant cost reduction of previous agreement.|
Transfomative agreements vary by their transformative mechanisms, meaning the way in which financing is shifted from the subscription side to open access publishing. What are the characteristics of this agreement to this regard?
|Subscriptions partly converted to OA publishing fees|
How do entitlements for open access publishing correlate to the anticipated article output? Which mechanisms for risk sharing have been agreed in cases of exceeding or not reaching the number of oa publishing entitlements?
|If the number of Eligible Articles published in a certain year of the Term is below 95% of the value of the Compact Fee Part 2 (“Underpublishing”), Springer will refund QNL the Compact Fee Part 2 paid to Licensor which correlates to the Underpublishing. For the calculation of such refund, Licensor will a) calculate the overall number of articles covered by the Compact Fee Part 2 and b) calculate the Underpublishing corridor (95% of the number of articles covered by the Compact Fee Part 2), and will pro rata refund the Compact Fee Part 2 to the extent the Underpublishing is below 95% of the Compact Fee Part 2.|
Are all journals relevant to your affiliated authors (in which you expect them to publish) eligible for oa publishing under the agreement?
|Are fully open access journals covered by the agreement?||No|
|OA LICENSE||CC-BY mandatory|
||Original research articles
What is the approximate share of access related costs of the overall agreement?
|More than 50%|
Are all read relevant journals covered by the agreement?
|PERPETUAL ACCESS RIGHTS||Yes|
|OVERALL ASSESSMENT AND COMMENTS
|Our first year of the agreement was not as successful as we had hoped, we published 69 out of 99 agreed articles. Unfortunately, 30 articles were unused. We have the corridor clause in the agreement, and we have opted in for the reimbursement, which we have received from SN. Things started to look up during our second year. Authors became more encouraged to publish open access. This is evident in the number of submissions which we have received. The number of articles which we have funded almost doubled during the second year of the agreement. We have hit agreed number of articles by the end of November.|
|Request contact to the licensee||contact [at] esac-initiative [dot] org|