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The Max Planck Society (Max Planck Gesellschaft, or MPG) and Springer have struck a deal giving MPG researchers access to Springer content as readers, and pre-paid publication fees as authors when they publish in Springer's Open Choice journals. From today's announcement:
From today's blog comments by Jan Velterop, Springer's Director of Open Access:
Update. See Bernd-Christoph Kämper's supportive comments on the deal.
Update. Also see the article in Library Journal Academic Newswire for February 5, 2008.