Answering 7 Frequently Asked Author Questions

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By: Penny Freedman, Thu Jul 26 2018
Penny Freedman

Author: Penny Freedman

When you’re ready to publish a journal article or book there are many questions that come up throughout the publication process. The work you’ve done is important to you and the questions you have deserve accurate responses. We want to make it easy to get the answers you need. We’ve compiled seven frequently asked questions from our authors below. Answers to any and all of your questions can be found via our Springer or Nature help desks.

How much does it cost to publish in a Springer journal?

If you wish to publish in an Open Access (“SpringerOpen”) journal or an open access article (“Springer Open Choice”) there will be an Article Processing Charge (APC) to be paid by the author or his/her funding institution. The cost of APCs vary by journal so please visit the individual journal page for details. Alternatively, if you wish to publish in one of our subscription based journals then in the majority of cases there is no charge. Charges may however apply for color figures or over-length articles and some journals have page charges. 

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How do I submit my article/paper for publication in a Springer journal?

Please go to the specific journal’s homepage at and click on “Instructions for Authors” in the right hand column for advice on how to prepare your manuscript to meet the journals requirements. Once you are ready to submit your article you can click “Submit Online” from the journal homepage to proceed to our Editorial Manager system for the journal.

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How can I reuse a Springer article or chapter?

Springer has partnered with the Copyright Clearance Center to meet our customers’ licensing and permissions needs.

To use this service simply:

  1. Visit SpringerLink and locate the desired content;
  2. Then go to the article or chapter abstract and click on “Reprints & Permissions” which can be located in the “About this article” section at the end of the article. This will open open the order entry page from which you can request permission;
  3. Select the way you would like to reuse the content;
  4. Create an account if you haven’t already and accept the terms and conditions.

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What exactly is Online First?

These are newly published articles within a journal but not yet assigned to an issue. The Online First service lets users access peer reviewed articles well before print publication.

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Can I purchase back issues of Nature journals?

Back issues of Nature Research Group journals in print may be ordered subject to stock availability by completing and sending this order form to the addresses listed here or contacting our Customer Service teams with the relevant details. 

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Is VAT/Sales Tax included with Article Processing Charges (APCs) associated with Nature Open Access?

This is dependent on country and varies. Please read here for country-specific information.

How can I find out about the status of my Springer journal manuscript?

For most of our journals the corresponding author can track the article online. Article tracking will guide you through the seven stages from the moment your article has been accepted until it is published. Every step is described and will let you know whether action is required. 

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Penny Freedman

Author: Penny Freedman

Penny Freedman is a Marketing Manager on the Author Experience & Services team based in the New York office. She works closely on sharing insight and guidance on the benefits and services available to our editors, reviewers, and authors.

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