Open access agreement for the UK

Information for authors

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

Over 100 UK institutions have an OA agreement with Springer Nature, meaning that corresponding authors affiliated with participating institutions may be eligible to publish their articles OA with fees covered in hybrid journals. The agreement includes publishing in more than 2,000 journals across the Springer Nature portfolio, including Nature, Nature Research journals and Palgrave journals. 

In addition, you can enjoy full read access to over 2,300 Springer journals plus existing subscriptions for Nature and the Nature Research journals.

The agreement also includes our fully OA titles for those institutions who have signed up. Depending on your affiliation, your fees may be covered, or a discounted APC may be available to you. Please check with your institution directly to see what kind of discount or funding is available. 

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Publishing open access in a Springer portfolio journal

This agreement covers OA publications in Springer and Palgrave journals on SpringerLink, and Academic journals on

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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 Nature Research journals on

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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). 

Please check the Participating institution list to see if your institution is taking part in the agreement and to see if the fees are Centralized (paid centrally) or Pay as You Go (discounted APC offered).

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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 do I need to do if I want to publish via subscription/green?

A unique exception has been made as part of this agreement in order to provide authors wishing to opt out of gold OA publication to publish via the subscription route with the option to self-archive their accepted manuscript (AM) immediately upon publication. 

In order to take up this exception and on the basis your institution has selected to enable it, you will follow the standard identification workflow to be identified as eligible under the Jisc agreement, but you will select “No, I want to publish my article via the subscription route”. Follow the instructions to select a reason, then confirm that you want to publish subscription. 

You will then be served with a bespoke License to Publish (LTP) which will allow you to self-archive the AM upon publication and remain in compliance with immediate OA institutional and funder policies. Please note that the Jisc agreement covers all eligible output under the gold OA route with the Version of Record (VOR) published OA at no additional cost; in compliance with institutional and funder’s immediate OA policies. Authors should therefore think carefully before opting out. There will be no option to revert to making the VOR available via gold OA retrospectively.

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.

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.

Who can I contact for more information? 

Please email us at if you need further assistance.