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DEAL contract with Springer Nature

The LMU has joined many other universities in signing up to the nationwide DEAL agreement with the publishing house Springer Nature This agreement provides members of the LMU with electronic access to all Springer journals, together with new ways of publishing research results on open access.

The agreement will initially run for a period of three years (2020-2022).

Contents of the agreement

The agreement with Springer specifically confers the following usage rights on all researchers and students of the LMU:

Reading access

For the years covered by the agreement (2020-2022) you will have electronic access to current journal volumes of the entire catalogue of around 1,900 Springer journals (incl. Springer Medical, Palgrave, Adis and Nature Academic). For the duration of the agreement you will be able to access backfiles of the journal portfolio from 1997 onwards.

After expiry of the contract the journal volumes 2003 to 2022 will continue to be available and have been accorded permanent archive rights (seamless connection to the LMU's existing DFG national licence).
Not included are the following:

  • journals with titles containing the term "Nature" ("Nature branded journals")
  • magazines (e.g. Scientific American, Spektrum der Wissenschaft)
  • specialist technical journals (e.g. ATZ, MTZ)

All journals are accessible via the EZB (Electronic Journals Library):

Link to the EZB with all Springer Nature DEAL journals

Having additional subscriptions, the University Library provides you with access to a number of Nature branded journals:

Link to the EZB with all Nature branded journal accessible at the LMU


The requirements for publishing in Hybrid as well as Gold Open Access are:

  • Most of the research was carried out at the LMU.
  • The submission must be made using a valid LMU email address.
  • The corresponding author is an active member of the LMU.
  • The LMU is stated as the main affiliation in the article.


Hybrid Open Access

From 1.1.2020 onwards all LMU researchers have the option, but not the obligation, to publish their research articles in Springer Nature subscription journals (so-called "hybrid journals") on open access under a Creative Commons publishing licence. If the corresponding author is a member of the LMU, the authors will not be charged any additional publication fees.
Articles published in most of the Springer journals will be made available under the CC-BY licence; a small number will also be published under the CC-BY-NC licence.

Gold Open Access

In addition, it will still be possible to publish in around 600 Gold Open Access journals offered by Springer Nature. From 1.8.2020 onwards Springer Nature will grant members of the LMU a reduction of 20% on publication fees for all Springer Open and BMC titles. Exception: For the journals Scientific Reports and Nature Communications there will only be a reduction of 5%.

However, for all Gold Open Access journals the rule will apply that if, after deduction of the discount, the fee would still be above EUR 2,900, it will be capped at EUR 2,900 (plus 19% VAT), as for example in the case of the journal Nature Communications.

Please note: At short notice and for an indefinite period, MPDL Services GmbH, who act as contractual partners for the DEAL agreement with Springer Nature, have suspended the additional discounts granted for publications in Fully Open Access journals (discounts of 5% on the APC list price for all Fully Gold journals not already discounted by Springer Nature). This includes the € 2,900 € cap on articles in Nature Communications and applies to all articles with an online publication date on or after 01/08/2021. This also means that articles currently submitted for publication in Nature Communications or Scientific reports will be charged the full publication fee. The discount granted directly by the publisher (=20% on the BMC and SpringerOpen Journals list price) will not be affected. (Details as of 27/07/2021)

The costs for Gold Open Access publications will not be funded centrally but must be borne by the relevant institutes, departments and faculties.

Link to the complete and constantly updated list of Springer Nature journals

Significance of the agreement

This means that publications by members of the LMU will be available free to interested scholars worldwide. This will result in a considerable increase in the visibility of this research work, simplifying its re-use whilst continuing to respect the rights of the authors.

All articles published via the Project DEAL agreement with Springer will additionally be made available via the University Library's publications server and will thus remain permanently archived at the LMU

Contact partners at the University Library

For help on electronic publishing and open access:
Electronic Publications Division
Volker Schallehn:
Tel. 089 2180-2144

For help on the agreement, the journal licences and the accessibility of the journals:
Central Media Processing Department
Simon Xalter:
Tel. 089 2180-3401

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