MIT-Springer Author Rights Agreement

MIT and Springer have established an agreement that extends flexible reuse rights to MIT authors of papers published in Springer journals and book chapters.

Any article or book chapter written by an MIT author and published in a Springer journal or book that the MIT Libraries subscribe to, in the period of 2009 through 2016 (for books) or through at least early 2015 (for journals–agreement is under discussion), may be archived and/or deposited in any repository, or used for any scholarly or educational purposes. These rights are very broad, allowing for posting to discipline-based open repositories like arXiv or CogPrints, use in MIT’s OpenCourseWare, and reuse in all of an author’s future teaching and publications.

MIT-authored Springer papers can also be posted openly in MIT’s open access repository, DSpace@MIT. In keeping with the MIT faculty’s commitment to open access to their research, our goal is to share as many Springer papers as possible.

Under this agreement, authors should sign the standard Springer agreement, and do not need to submit any author’s addendum in order for these flexible reuse rights to apply.

To submit a Springer paper to DSpace@MIT:

Send a message with the file(s) attached to

Please send the final submitted manuscript, not the final published article, as we have agreed to post the final author’s version, with peer review changes incorporated, but before the article is copy-edited and formatted by Springer.

Background about this agreement is available in an article published in Research Library Issues.

If you have questions about this agreement, please contact the Scholarly Publishing & Licensing Consultant,