Open access agreement for Egypt

Information for authors

Starting 01 January 2022, if you are a corresponding author affiliated with a participating Egyptian institution, you may be eligible to publish open access in our journals with fees covered under a Transformative Agreement plus fully OA agreement. 

This agreement will cover all the public, private and national universities, as well as the research centers related to the ministry of higher education and scientific research and all other governmental ministries in Egypt. 

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Participating institutions
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More than 150 Egyptian institutions are participating in the Transformative Agreement between Springer Nature and Science, Technology & Innovation Funding Authority (STDF) in cooperation with Egyptian Knowledge Bank (EKB). This means, from 01 January 2022, corresponding authors* affiliated with these institutions are eligible to publish their articles open access with fees covered if a majority of the research is carried out at a participating Egyptian institution. The agreement is a Transformative Agreement plus fully OA Agreement, and includes more than 2,400 journals across the Springer Nature portfolio.

In addition, you can enjoy full access to all Springer, Palgrave, Academic Journals and Adis subscription journal content. Established by Science, Technology & Innovation Funding Authority (STDF) in cooperation with Egyptian Knowledge Bank (EKB), this agreement will run through 31 December 2025.

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What authors need to know

  • You must be the corresponding author* of the article.
  • Article types eligible under this agreement are: Original Paper, Review Paper, Brief Communication, Continuing Education.
  • 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 is the institution that STDF and EKB will refer to in order to verify your eligibility.


  • You must be affiliated with a participating Egyptian institution.
  • You must explicitly state your primary affiliation in the published manuscript, which is the Egyptian institution at which the bulk of the research for the article was conducted.
  • Your article(s) accepted for publication must have a publication date of 01 January 2022 or later in order to be covered by the agreement.

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

Author guide

Author guide, English
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Author guide, Arabic
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Publishing in a hybrid journal

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Hybrid journals
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Publishing in a fully OA journal

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Fully OA journals
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FAQs

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.

Both the corresponding author and the first author must be affiliated to an Egyptian institution (authors can have multiple affiliations but cannot have any foreign affiliations). Other co-authors can have foreign affiliations.

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?

STDF in cooperation with EKB will approve your article's eligibility based on your institutional affiliation, article type and journal name.

Once your article is approved by STDF and EKB, you will be notified by email and your article will proceed to publication.

Which article types are covered by this agreement?

OriginalPaper: 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.

ReviewPaper: Standard article, interpreting previously published results.

BriefCommunication: Short article submitted for rapid publication that exhibits the same structure as a standard article.

ContinuingEducation: Article forming integral part of further education (usually medical).

How do I know if my article is eligible?

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

There is no annual limit as to how many articles each author could publish with fees covered by the agreement.

Who can I contact for more information? 

For more details, please email OAsupport@stdf.eg. If you need further assistance, please email us at oa.verification@springernature.com.

What are the key steps for OA publishing under this agreement? 

Authors should go through the submission process as per usual. Identification for publishing under this agreement begins only after editorial acceptance. 

  • Step 1: Article is accepted for publication in a hybrid or fully OA journal. The corresponding author receives an email invitation to complete the publication process for their article.
  • Step 2: Authors identify themselves by one of three data elements: i) selected institution, ii) institutional email, iii) location
  • Step 3: For articles that have been identified as eligible to be covered by this agreement, the corresponding author will be presented with confirmation that they can publish OA with their fees covered.
  • Step 4: The author is asked to agree to an OA creative commons license (CC BY for the majority of Springer Nature journals) on behalf of all co-authors.
  • Step 5: Approver will strive and take all necessary steps to accept publication within 3 working days to ensure rapid publication for authors. Approver may require additional information from authors to finalize approval process and will accordingly contact authors directly.

What if I'm not covered by the agreement?

You can select "The Science ,Technology and Innovation Funding Authority (STDF OA Agreement)" and email your institution details to oasupport@stdf.eg. Alternatively, visit our open access funding page to check whether your institution or research funder makes OA funding available.