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Springer Nature to revise the application for its titles to become Jisc-approved transformative journals -

Springer Nature has been asked to revise and resubmit an application for its Nature Research Journals and Palgrave Journals to become Jisc-approved transformative journals.

In its application, made on April 14, 2022, Springer Nature offered a deposit of an author’s accepted manuscript (AAM) under CC-BY terms to authors funded by UKRI for a temporary period.

Following a review by the content expert group against the sector’s requirements it was agreed that the application did not currently meet the sector’s criteria. This is because the information presented to authors does not equally signpost the option to deposit the AAM alongside the option to publish the Version of Record and pay an article processing charge (APC).

Following receipt of the group’s feedback, Springer Nature has indicated it will be revising its application before it is again considered by the content expert group.

As such, the costs of APCs for papers submitted to the Nature Research and Palgrave journals after April 1, 2022, remain ineligible for UKRI OA funds. Authors should continue to discuss submissions and publishing options with their institutions.

SN continues to guarantee a compliant route to publication for these UKRI corresponding authors by offering them the ability to select to deposit their AAM during the period of April 1 to December 31.  This guarantee is independent of these journals being approved as Jisc-approved TJs.

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