Open access agreements

Information for authors

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. 

Many funders and institutions now cover OA publishing costs for affiliated researchers, as part of an OA agreement with Springer Nature. Find out more about OA agreements and whether you may be entitled to publish OA with your fees covered.

Fully open access agreements

Agreements that enable institutions and funders to cover open access publishing costs for Springer Nature's fully OA journals.

Transformative agreements

Our transformative 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, transformative agreements offer authors an easy way to comply with funders’ OA requirements.

If your institution has a transformative agreement, you may publish your article OA with your fees covered, in Springer Nature journals that are included in the agreement.