Open access for Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche

Information for authors

If you’re affiliated with a participating institution, the Italy Transformative Agreement with CNR – Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche means you can publish your article open access (OA) with fees covered, in more than 2,000 Springer hybrid journals until the article processing charge (APC) allocated for each year of the agreement has depleted.*

In addition, you can enjoy full access to all Springer subscription journal content. Established by CNR – Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, this agreement will run through 31 December 2024.

*The corresponding author must be affiliated with a CNR institution in order to be eligible.

Learn more about your eligibility

Participating institutions
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Publishing OA in a hybrid journal

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

Eligible journals
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Download the author guide for publishing in a hybrid journal.

Author guide
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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.

The corresponding author must be affiliated with a CNR institution in order to be eligible.

Do I need to pay APCs from my own research funds

No, if you are a corresponding author affiliated with a participating CNR institution, your APC is eligible for coverage when you choose to publish OA in a journal included in this agreement.

The link in the 'Publishing OA in a hybrid journal' section of this page provides more details on the journals that are eligible.

How can I make sure my article is eligible for APC coverage?

If you are an eligible corresponding author, you must identify yourself with your CNR affiliation credentials (institutional email and institution name) during the author identification process.

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Once your article has been accepted for publication, you will be presented with confirmation that you can publish OA with fees covered by CNR.

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.

Are there enough funds to cover APCs for all authors? 

Funds for OA publishing are allocated on a first come first served basis. We believe the funds provided are sufficient to cover all eligible articles from CNR-affiliated corresponding authors. If the funds are depleted, authors will still be able to publish their article in the same journal, under the traditional publishing model (no APCs apply).

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.

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 OA funding page to check whether your institution or research funder makes OA funding available.

Who can I contact for more information? 

Please email the CNR open access team at if you need further assistance.