Which titles are Transformative Journals?
We have committed over 1,700 Springer Nature journals to become TJs, offering optional open access on all primary research^. We are committed to ensuring these journals transition to fully OA journals and meet the TJ requirements as detailed here. The full list of titles can be downloaded here. These titles will also be clearly marked on journal websites.
^Authors submitting non-primary research will not be able to publish their work open access.
I want to publish via the OA route. Where do I find APC funding?
Many funders and institutions make funding available to researchers to support APCs. You can find out whether you have access to funding for APCs by reviewing our open access funding page or check if your institution has a transformative Compact agreement with Springer Nature.
Can I still publish via the subscription route in a Transformative Journal?
If your funder requires gold OA publication or immediate OA (for example, under Plan S principles), then you should opt for the gold OA route to comply with these requirements. If immediate OA isn't required to meet your funder's OA policy, then you can still choose between gold OA and subscription publishing options, although TJs encourage all authors to consider OA because of the many benefits.
If I publish in a Transformative Journal, will this ensure that I meet my funder's or institution’s OA requirements?
Funders and institutions have different requirements, but by opting for immediate gold OA in a Transformative Journal this enables research to be as open as possible, and allows authors to meet the requirements of any research funder/institution, including those of Plan S funders. If your funder or institution requires you to archive a copy of your OA article in a repository, you may need to take additional action to do this. Find out more from our OA funding and policy support pages.
Will Transformative Journals still be part of Transformative Agreements (Compact) with institutions and funders?
Transformative agreements and Transformative Journals are complementary. As the majority of Springer Nature’s Transformative Journals are already part of transformative Compact agreements, these agreements will continue to cover APCs for those titles. We continue to work with consortia and funders to negotiate further agreements, and to include more Springer Nature journals under these agreements.