Issues 16 April 2014

Open Access - The Latest Developments!

A lot has been going on in Springer’s open access world over the last three months. Read on for the latest news and developments.

Springer’s open access titles now published under the CC-BY 4.0 license

Since February 2014, all articles submitted to SpringerOpen, BioMed Central, and Chemistry Central journals are subject to the new CC-BY 4.0 Creative Commons Attribution license. This also applies to open access articles published in the majority of Springer's subscription-based journals using the Open Choice option. CC-BY 4.0 is the most global, legally robust version of the “attribution license” produced by Creative Commons to date, and comes with many improvements and benefits for authors, such as a simplified attribution requirement, the addition of specific database rights, a no-endorsement clause, and much more.

Learn more about your open access funding options

Interested in publishing open access, but don’t know where to start when it comes to covering your APCs? Learn about open access polices as well as available open access funds from institutions and funders around the globe and explore your funding options at Springer, including our membership model, society sponsorships and waiver fund. Watch the video below or visit our funding page.

Our SpringerOpen journal portfolio is constantly growing

SpringerOpen © castillodominici, iStockphotoOur journal portfolio now encompasses over 175 fully open access journals across all areas of science, technology, medicine, the humanities and social sciences. It ranges from very specialized titles to SpringerPlus, our interdisciplinary open access journal. Over 80 SpringerOpen journals are fully sponsored by a society or institution so you as the author do not need to pay an article-processing charge (APC). Find a list of all sponsored journals here.

Over 30 open access books now freely available online

Since the launch of SpringerOpen books in August 2012, 33 open access books have been published and are now freely available online at SpringerLink. The increased demand has led funders such as the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), the FWF (Austrian Science Fund), and the Wellcome Trust (UK) to extend their open access policies to include books and to provide additional funding specifically for open access books. Also, please note that if your institution is one of our over 480 open access members you receive a 15% loyalty discount on the publication fee.