APC waivers and discounts

Springer Nature offers APC waivers to papers whose corresponding authors are based in countries classified by the World Bank as low-income economies as of July 2023.

Papers whose corresponding authors are based in countries with lower-middle-income economies and with a 2022 gross domestic product (GDP) of less than 200 billion US dollars are eligible for a 50% discount (reference - World Bank 1st July 2023).

Please request your waiver or discount at the point of submission.

For information about our discretionary waiver and discount policies for authors in financial need, please see our open access policies for journals

APC waivers are not offered for open access publication in Springer Nature hybrid and transformative titles, as authors without the funds to publish open access in these journals can publish via the subscription route. See our hybrid journals portfolio for further information on hybrid journals in Springer and Palgrave imprints and hybrid academic journals on nature.com. 

Low-income countries: full APC waiver

AfghanistanGambia, TheRwanda
Burkina FasoGuinea-BissauSierra Leone
Central African RepublicMadagascarSouth Sudan
Congo, Dem. Rep.MaliUganda
EthiopiaNigerYemen, Rep.

*Discount temporarily increased to 100% following Russian invasion. This applies to titles within Springer Nature standard workflows, and excludes titles where Springer Nature does not directly invoice authors, for example translated titles.

Lower-middle-income countries with GDP below $200 billion (USD): 50% APC discount

AlgeriaHaitiPapua New Guinea
BeninJordanSão Tomé and Príncipe
BoliviaKiribatiSolomon Islands
Cabo VerdeKyrgyz RepublicSri Lanka
CambodiaLao PDRTajikistan
Congo, Rep.MauritaniaTunisia
Côte d'IvoireMicronesia, Fed. Sts.Uzbekistan