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Springer Nature agrees transformative agreement with Seoul National University in South Korea

Latest TA further demonstration of publishers’ commitment to supporting OA publishing in East Asia

London | Berlin | New York, 15 December 2023

Springer Nature has agreed a new transformative agreement (TA) with the Seoul National University (SNU). The agreement marks the first TA for SNU, which is also being supported by its Office of Research Affairs(1) and SNU Hospital in South Korea(2).

The agreement, going live in January 2024, will enable over 30,000 researchers affiliated with SNU to benefit from the increased visibility of their work(3) that comes with publishing OA, as well as expanding their options for interdisciplinary collaboration with researchers worldwide.

Carrie Webster, Vice President Open Access, Springer Nature said: “Springer Nature’s Transformative Agreements are structured to meet individual customer needs. We are delighted to have come to this agreement with SNU to support South Korea’s path to a fully open science environment.  Our TAs now support researchers from over 3,500 institutions across six continents and continue to prove themselves as the most effective sustainable way to achieve OA growth and transition at scale.”

SNU-affiliated researchers will be able to publish OA at no extra cost to them in over 2,000 Springer Nature journals. In addition, the agreement also extends SNU’s access research published in the Adis and Palgrave journals alongside Springer and Academic Journals.

More on the publisher’s commitment to the transition to OA can be found here, and the impact of its OA portfolio in its recent OA report


(1)The Office of Research Affairs is a division of SNU. Institutions within South Korea have their own individual research affairs offices to help support funding.

(2)SNU’s TA is being supported both by SNU’s library as well as SNU Hospital marking the first time that the budget for OA publishing has been supported by an organization outside of the institution's library in the region.  


About Seoul National University (SNU)

Seoul National University (SNU) is a public research university located in Seoul, South Korea. It is one of the SKY universities and a part of the Flagship Korean National Universities. For more information, please visit: https://en.snu.ac.kr/index.html.

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Katie Baker | Head of Communications - Research and Publishing Services