Types of OA agreement:
Transformative agreements (TAs) enable institutions to combine subscription (reading) access along with OA publication fees in hybrid journals into a single licensing agreement.
- Springer TAs: cover OA publishing in more than 2,000 hybrid Journals plus access to the Springer hybrid and subscription journal portfolio
Nature TAs: cover OA publication and reading access in the Nature Portfolio hybrid journals.
Find out more about TAs, including the journals and institutions covered within each agreement.
Fully OA agreements
These are publishing-only agreements for fully OA journals across the BMC, Springer, Palgrave Macmillan and Nature Research portfolios.
Find out more about fully OA agreements, including the journals and institutions covered within each agreement.
In addition, over 500 institutions are part of Springer Nature’s membership program. Memberships provide authors with discounted article processing charges (APCs) for BMC and Springer fully OA journals.
OA book agreements
These are publishing-only agreements covering the OA book publishing charges (BPCs), sponsored by either a funding body (e.g. society), consortium, or institution.
Find out more about OA book agreements.
These agreements support researchers from over 3,500 institutions globally and help to deliver equity for OA publishing across academic disciplines, particularly for the Humanities and Social Sciences, where funding for OA publishing can be limited.
In some cases, authors may need to consult with their funder about requirements they must meet to comply with that funder’s mandates (specific publishing licences, for example). You can find out more on our support pages.