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 acts as the main contact for Springer Nature correspondence after editorial acceptance.
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 processes.
In addition, the corresponding author of the article who is affiliated to an eligible institution shall complete the author identification process and act as the point of contact for any enquiries after the paper is published.
How can I identify myself as eligible?
If you can say ‘yes’ to these statements, your article is eligible for publication under the open access agreement for UC.
- I am the corresponding author.
- I am affiliated with an eligible institution and can identify myself with at least one of the methods of recognition shown in the image below.
- My article matches one of these types: Original Paper, Review Paper, Brief Communication and Continuing Education. Note: When publishing in a Nature Portfolio journal, Original Paper is the only applicable article type.
Upon acceptance of your article, you'll also be prompted to provide your primary 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.
How is payment made for my article?
The UC libraries will cover the first US$1,000 of each APC for eligible articles. The authors are responsible for covering the remainder due on each APC through alternative funds, such as the author’s research funds. For Springer, Palgrave & BMC journals, the UC libraries may be able to provide additional funds if the author does not have funds to cover the remaining APC. This option however, is not available for the Nature journals. This agreement was built deliberately to manage the OA costs, and the UC libraries encourage authors to take advantage of the OA option.
How can I find funding for the APC balance not covered by this agreement?
The UC libraries will cover the first US$1,000 of each APC for eligible articles. Authors are able to use other funding sources for the balance not covered by the UC libraries. Visit our open access funding page to check whether your institution or research funder makes OA funding available. If you are publishing in a Springer, Palgrave or BMC journal, you may request further support from the UC libraries to cover the remaining balance if you do not have access to further funding.