Funding & support services

Springer Nature offers a free open access support service to make it easier for our authors to discover and apply for funding to cover article processing charges (APCs) and/or book processing charges (BPCs).

We can:

  • Provide personalised information on OA funds that may be available to you.
  • Direct you to the open access funding co-ordinator at your institution or funding body.
  • Supply you with the information required to complete an open access funding application.
  • Help you demonstrate the benefits of OA to support your application.
  • Give personalised advice about the application process for your institution or funding body.
  • Provide advice about compliance with funders' and institutions' OA policies.

Contact us

For further advice on what funding is available to you and guidance in approaching funders and institutions, please send us an email.

Discover our funding support service

Did you know that there are almost 250 open access article processing charge (APC) funds available to researchers worldwide?

  • Over 90 funders worldwide make funding available to researchers
  • Over 150 institutions make funding available to researchers
  • An additional 170 research institutions distribute open access block grants on behalf of funding bodies

Browse our OA funding and policy resources

Funding sources for open access articles

Check whether your institution or research funder makes OA funding available for journal publications.

Funding sources for open access books

Check whether your institution or research funder makes OA funding available for monographs, edited collections, and chapters.

Open access funding and policy checklist

Identify potential sources of APC funding and ensure your publication meets all the OA requirements of your funders and institutions.

Open access funding FAQs

Learn about the types of APC funding available, as well as how to secure such funding and meet eligibility requirements.

Open access policy compliance FAQs

Learn how to meet your funders' and institutions' requirements for open access publications.

Complying with funder mandates when publishing in subscription journals

Springer Nature’s subscription journals are compatible with the vast majority of funders’ open access and self-archiving policies.

Funders requiring a CC BY licence

As of 1st January 2017, the Gates Foundation requires immediate open access under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence for all peer-reviewed research publications resulting from their funding.

Funders requiring a CC BY licence for OA books

Certain research funders require that grantees publish under a Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC BY) if opting to publish books via the immediate open access route.

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