Institutional open access agreements

Springer Nature is committed to accelerating the adoption of open access (OA) publishing and open research techniques. Having early and rapid access to research findings is fundamental to the advancement of science and discovery. 

As the world’s largest OA publisher, we continue to lead the way in offering innovative solutions for authors, their institutions and funders to support OA adoption, from our first transformative Read and Publish (Springer Compact) agreement in 2015 to our first fully OA agreement in 2019.

Fully open access agreements

To help authors and institutions choose open access, we now offer agreements that enable institutions to cover open access publishing costs for Springer Nature's fully OA journals.

If your institution has a fully open access agreement, you may publish your article open access - at no cost to you - in more than 600 fully OA journals from BMC, Nature Research, Palgrave, and SpringerOpen.

Our first agreement of this type is with BIBSAM (Sweden) and is active from July 15th, 2019.


Read and Publish (Springer Compact)

Springer Compact agreements – also known as Read and Publish agreements – enable participating institutions to combine journal subscription access along with OA publication costs (APCs). 

In addition to managing the cost and administration of OA, they offer authors an easy way to comply with funders’ OA requirements.

If your institution has a Springer Compact agreement, you may publish your article open access - at no cost to you - in more than 1,850 Springer journals. You can also enjoy full access to all Springer subscription journal content.

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