|Agreement labeling||Springer Transformative Agreement|
|Has the agreement been fully disclosed and published?||No|
|Agreement period||01/01/2023 – 12/31/2025|
|Consortia / Institution||SANLiC|
Approximate range of annual corresponding author publications
|Comments on size/article output||Average articles published behind the paywall in hybrid journals over 4 years (2018-2022)|
How do the costs of the agreement relate to previous subscription-only agreements with the publisher?
|Agreement costs within the range of the previous spending level|
|Comments on cost development||The Nature Research journals have been excluded from the agreement. A separate read-only agreement has been signed for these titles.|
Transformative 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?
|We believe that the article entitlement cap will cover all articles published by SANLiC members but this will be closely monitored. The cap has a 10% extra entitlement (a “corridor”). If the cap, including the “corridor”, is exceeded in a calendar year, the consortium may, if it wishes, add additional funds to increase the entitlement.|
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 preference, exceptions allowed|
||Original research articles
Brief communications, Continuing Education
What is the approximate share of access related costs of the overall agreement?
Are all read relevant journals covered by the agreement?
|PERPETUAL ACCESS RIGHTS||Yes|
|WORKFLOW ASSESSMENT||Too early to assess|
|OVERALL ASSESSMENT AND COMMENTS||This agreement will increase South Africa’s contribution to the overall open access transition. It will be closely monitored to assess its sustainability and to see what adjustments would have to be made in future.|
|Request contact to the licensee||contact [at] esac-initiative [dot] org|