Open access agreement for Australia and New Zealand

Information for authors

If you are affiliated with any of the 47 universities in Australia and New Zealand, or at one of the seven additional participating institutions in the region, you can publish your article open access with fees covered, in more than 2,000 Springer Nature journals.

Read the author guide to learn more

If you are a corresponding author affiliated with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), visit this page to learn more about publishing OA with fees covered under the CSIRO agreement.

Learn more about your eligibility

Participating institutions
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Publishing open access in a Springer Nature journal

This agreement covers OA publications in Springer, Palgrave & Adis hybrid journals on SpringerLink, and Academic journals on Established by the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL), this agreement will run through 31 December 2024.

In addition, as part of the agreement you will be able to read, use and reuse research published in over 2,000 Springer Nature journals across the Springer, Palgrave Macmillan and Adis portfolios and in the Academic Journals on

Eligible journals
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Publishing open access in a Nature Portfolio journal

A select list of institutions have Nature transformative agreement with Springer Nature. This agreement covers OA publications in Nature, the world's leading multidisciplinary science journal, first published in 1869 and original Nature research journals across the life, physical, clinical and social sciences.

Eligible journals
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Nature Portfolio


Who is considered the corresponding author?

The corresponding author is defined as the person who handles the manuscript and correspondence during the publication process – from manuscript correction and proof reading, to handling the revisions and re-submission of revised manuscripts up to the acceptance of the manuscripts. 

The corresponding author has the authority to act on behalf of all co-authors in all matters pertaining to publication of the manuscript including supplementary material. They are also responsible for obtaining such agreements and for informing the co-authors of the manuscript’s status throughout the submission, review and publication process. 

In addition, the corresponding author acts as the point of contact for any enquiries after the paper is published.

How can I make sure my article is eligible?

When you submit, use at least one of the below methods of recognition.

methods of recognition © Springer Nature 2021

Upon acceptance of your article, you'll also be prompted to provide your institutional affiliation.

How do I know if my article has been approved?

The approval manager will approve your article's eligibility based on your institutional affiliation, article type and journal name.

Once your article is approved, you will be notified by email and your article will proceed to publication.

Which article types are covered by this agreement?

  • Original Paper: Standard article, usually presenting new results; articles published under this article type may also be referred to as Original Research, Original Article, Original Paper or Research Paper.
  • Review Paper: Standard article, interpreting previously published results.
  • Brief Communication: Short article submitted for rapid publication that exhibits the same structure as a standard article.
  • Continuing Education: Article forming integral part of further education (usually medical).

What if I'm not covered by the agreement?

There are still plenty of ways to find funding for your article processing charge (APC). Visit our open access funding page to check whether your institution or research funder makes OA funding available.

Who can I contact for more information? 

Please contact if you need further assistance.