Open access agreements for individual institutions

Information for authors

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

If your institution has an open access agreement with Springer Nature, you may publish your article open access at no cost or in some cases with the costs partially funded. Check your eligibility and the journals that are included in your institutional agreement. 

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Participating institutions A-Z index

Institutional agreements are listed by country, and links to each institution’s OA pages have been included where available. '✓' denotes imprint(s) included in the agreement. 


InstitutionsBMCNature PortfolioPalgrave MacmillanSpringerSpringerOpen

Victoria University


InstitutionsBMCNature PortfolioPalgrave MacmillanSpringerSpringerOpen

Universidad del Rosario


InstitutionsBMCNature PortfolioPalgrave MacmillanSpringerSpringerOpen

Weizmann Institute of Science




InstitutionsBMCNature PortfolioPalgrave MacmillanSpringerSpringerOpen

University of Padua - Università degli Studi di Padova






InstitutionsBMCNature PortfolioPalgrave MacmillanSpringerSpringerOpen

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak

University of Padjadjaran


InstitutionsBMCNature PortfolioPalgrave MacmillanSpringerSpringerOpen

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

NTNU – The Norwegian University of Science and Technology

UiB University of Bergen, Norway

South Africa

InstitutionsBMCNature PortfolioPalgrave MacmillanSpringerSpringerOpen

North-West University

Stellenbosch University


InstitutionsBMCNature PortfolioPalgrave MacmillanSpringerSpringerOpen

Servei Català de la Salut


InstitutionsBMCNature PortfolioPalgrave MacmillanSpringerSpringerOpen

ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich)




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 identify myself as an eligible author?

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

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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 at your institution will approve your article's eligibility based on your institutional affiliation, article title and journal name.

Once your article is approved by your institution, 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 approved by your institution.

Is this the same as Springer Compact?

Springer Compact is a read and publish agreement covering Springer hybrid journals. To find a list of participating institutions and eligible journals, please visit Springer's Read and Publish (Compact) agreement page.

Is this the same as Springer Nature membership?

Springer Nature membership is applicable to BMC and SpringerOpen journals only, and does not apply to any, Palgrave Macmillan, or Springer hybrid journals.

Over 500 institutions are part of Springer Nature’s membership program for journals in the BMC and SpringerOpen portfolios. Member institutions actively support open access by arranging fully-prepaid or discounted APCs for their affiliated researchers. To check if your institution is a member, please visit our membership pages for BMC and SpringerOpen.

Who can I contact for more information? 

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