On November 2022, 11, the librarians of 7 domestic universities, including Tohoku University and the University of Tokyo, and international academic publisher Springer Nature signed an agreement to promote open access article publishing.Springer Nature will provide approximately 10 open access publication slots per year to 10 universities.

 According to Springer Nature, the 10 universities are Tohoku University, Tokyo University, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Yokohama National University, Fukui University, Osaka University, Kobe University, Okayama University, Waseda University, and Tokyo University of Science.

 Starting in 10, the 2023 universities will sign conversion agreements to convert the fees paid by universities to publishers for viewing articles into publication fees for article publication, and develop a project to promote the publication of open access articles using a new method. do.This will more than quadruple the number of articles published open access in more than 2,000 Springer Nature journals.

 The immediate publication of papers compiled by researchers at each university will increase the number of citations, etc., and the research results of Japanese universities will be made more open.Springer Nature expects that not only will each university's international reputation rise, but research will also deepen.

 Shuichi Sakai, Vice President of the University of Tokyo and Director of the University of Tokyo Library, said, "Although it has been pointed out that Japanese research is declining in its ability to be disseminated internationally, by presenting research results in a way that everyone can see, we will be able to become a top leader in cutting-edge fields. It is hoped that it will foster researchers and promote a wide range of academic fields."

reference:[Springer Nature] Ten domestic universities, mainly members of the Research Universities Consortium (RUC), signed an agreement with Springer Nature to promote open access publications

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