You can decide to publish your article with open access during the MyPublication process. Once your article has been accepted for publication, you will receive an email from Springer with a link to your MyPublication pages. In these pages you can choose for your article to be published with open access in return for your payment of an open access publication fee of US $3,000/ EUR 2,200. Customers providing payment from the Americas will be charged in US$; customers providing payment from Europe, Africa and Asia will be charged in EUR. VAT is not included in the price and will be added, at a standard rate, for customers who receive invoices in Euros. The open access publication fee does not replace any existing journal policies publication costs to be paid by the author, which are billed separately (e.g. surcharges for color in print, oversized articles, etc.).