Open access agreement for France

Information for authors

If you are a corresponding author affiliated with a participating French institution within Couperin, the agreement reached means you can publish your article open access (OA) with fees covered by your institution.

Couperin, the French consortium for higher education and research establishments has signed a new agreement with Springer Nature to advance OA publishing in France. Beginning in July 2024, if you are a corresponding author* affiliated with any of the seventeen participating institutions, you can publish your article OA in over 2,200 Springer, Palgrave, and Adis journals with fees covered.

In addition, you can enjoy full access to all Springer, Adis and Palgrave subscription journal content. 

*Acting as main contact for Springer Nature correspondence after editorial acceptance.

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Participating institutions 

  • CEA Commissariat a l’energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives
  • Centrale Nantes
  • Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Lille
  • CH Cayenne
  • CHU de Rennes Centre Hospitalier Universitaire
  • CHU Guadeloupe
  • CHU Martinique
  • Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers
  • Hospices Civils de Lyon
  • Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse
  • Mines Paris
  • Organisation de coopération et de développement économiques
  • Université d´Artois
  • Université d´Angers
  • Université de la Polynésie française
  • Université de Toulon
  • Université des Antilles
  • Université Paris Dauphine
  • Université Paris-Est Créteil
  • Université Toulouse III Paul Sabatier

Publishing open access in a Springer portfolio journal

Check the list of journals that are included.

Eligible journals
(XLSX, 296.01 KB)

Read the author guide to learn more.

Author guide
(PDF, 3.03 MB)

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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?

There are three ways we can recognise your eligibility for open access publication through this agreement. 

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Upon acceptance of your article, you'll also be prompted to provide your institutional affiliation. If you are eligible, your institution will complete the approval process without causing any delays to the manuscript publication process.

How do I know if my article has been approved?

The approval manager at Couperin/your institution 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.

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.

How do I know if my article is eligible?

If your article has the structure of a standard article and contains original research, it should be eligible. This will be confirmed by your institution.

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.

Please note the following article types are not covered by this agreement:

  1. Brief Communication: Short article submitted for rapid publication that exhibits the same structure as a standard article.
  2. Continuing Education: Article forming integral part of further education (usually medical).

Who can I contact for more information? 

Please email us at if you need further assistance.