Open access agreements for Sweden

Information for authors

If you are a corresponding author affiliated with a participating Swedish institution, you may be eligible to publish open access (OA) in our journals with fees covered.

Selected Bibsam institutions have OA agreements with Springer Nature, meaning that corresponding authors affiliated with participating institutions may be eligible to publish their articles open access with fees covered. The agreements include more than 400 fully OA journals and 2,000 hybrid journals across the Springer Nature portfolio. From January 2022, this also includes Nature and the Nature Research journals.

Learn more about your eligibility

What authors need to know

  • You must be the corresponding author* of the article.
  • Only primary research articles are eligible under this agreement.
  • Your article(s) accepted for publication must have a publication date on or later than your institutional sign-up date in order to be covered by the agreement. Check with your library/ university. 
  • You must be affiliated with a participating institution.
  • You must explicitly state your primary affiliation in the published manuscript, which is the institution at which the bulk of the research for the article was conducted.
  • You must identify yourself during the author identification process (you will be asked to do this once your article has been accepted for publication). The institution selected during this process should be your primary affiliation, as this institution will be asked to verify eligibility and will be billed if the article is approved.

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

"We believe that for the general public to understand and have more trust in science, having easy access to research is the first step. We therefore wanted to make sure that everyone can read our work, access and download our data, and study what we did; within a week our paper had been read 32,000 times and almost 80% of our readers belong to the general public!"

Melanie During, PhD candidate at Uppsala University

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Publishing in a fully open access journal

This agreement covers publications in fully OA journals across the Springer Nature portfolio (BMC, SpringerOpen, Palgrave and Nature Portfolio). 

Check the list of fully OA journals that are included in the agreement

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Publishing open access in a hybrid journal

This agreement covers open access publications in Springer, Palgrave & Adis hybrid journals on SpringerLink, and Academic journals on

Check the list of hybrid journals that are included in the agreement

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Publishing open access in a Nature Portfolio journal

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.

Check the list of journals that are included in the agreement

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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?

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 type 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 many open access agreements are there for Sweden?

There are three agreements in place so authors affiliated with Swedish institutions can publish their research open access with Springer Nature.

The first agreement is a transformative agreement covering Springer Nature hybrid journals. The agreement covers open access publications in Springer, Palgrave & Adis hybrid journals on SpringerLink and Academic journals on

The second agreement is a fully open access agreement that covers publications in fully open access journals across the Springer Nature portfolio (BMC, SpringerOpen, Palgrave and Nature Portfolio). Lastly, the third agreement covers open access publications in Nature and original Nature research journals across the life, physical, clinical and social sciences. 

The lists on this page provide more detail about participating institutions and eligible journals.

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.
  • 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).

#When publishing in a Nature Portfolio journal, Original Paper is the only applicable article type.

Who can I contact for more information? 

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