Open access journals

Committed to open research, we offer researchers, institutions and their funders the world’s most significant open access portfolio.

We publish nearly 600 fully open access journals in all disciplines – from the life sciences to the humanities. Authors also have the option to publish their article under an open access licence in more than 1,900 of our subscription-based journals.

Our portfolio focuses on robust and insightful research, supporting the development of new areas of knowledge and making ideas and information accessible around the globe.

Across our publishing imprints there are leading multidisciplinary and community-focused journals that offer rigorous, high-impact open access. Many of our titles are also published in partnership with academic societies, enabling them to achieve their own open research ambitions.

Information for institutions about Springer Nature's OA agreements

Springer Nature is committed to accelerating the adoption of open access (OA) publishing and open research techniques. Having early and rapid access to research findings is fundamental to the advancement of science and discovery. 

As the world’s largest OA publisher, we continue to lead the way in offering innovative solutions for authors, their institutions and funders to support OA adoption, from our first transformative Read and Publish agreement in 2015 to our first fully OA agreement in 2019 and the recently signed world's largest agreement with Projekt DEAL in Germany.


Information and resources about existing OA agreements.

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    A pioneer of open access publishing, BMC is committed to innovation and offers an evolving portfolio of some 300 journals.

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    Open research is at the heart of Nature Research. Our portfolio includes Nature CommunicationsScientific Reports and many more.

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    Springer offers a variety of open access options for journal articles and books across a number of disciplines. 

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    Palgrave Macmillan is committed to developing sustainable models of open access for the HSS disciplines.

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    Apress is dedicated to meeting the information needs of developers, IT professionals, and tech communities worldwide.

OA funding support service

Springer Nature offers an open access (OA) funding support service to make it easier for authors to discover and apply for article processing charge (APC) funding.

Not only will we be happy to help your researchers investigate potential OA funding sources, we can also advise on how to meet funder or institutional OA policy requirements when publishing in Springer Nature journals. You'll also find a list of organisations that provide OA funding, frequently asked questions about policy and funding, and a checklist to support authors at any stage in their publication process.

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