Frequently asked questions

How do I submit my article?

Please submit your article online. Electronic submission substantially reduces the editorial processing and reviewing times and shortens overall publication times. Please click “Manuscript submission” on the specific journal's page. The link “Submit Online” leads you directly to the submission system used by that journal.

Is Springer using ORCID?

Springer is currently using ORCID in our (major) manuscript submission systems, Editorial Manager and Manuscript Central. When submitting your manuscript, you can fetch and add your ORCID.
Later this year we expect to be able to further extend this information to our production services and make the authors’ ORCIDs visible online and in the articles' PDF files.
More about ORCID

How can I include my ORCID when submitting a manuscript?

To register a new or existing ORCID number, log in to the editorial system and select 'Edit My Account' or 'Update My Information' from the menue.

How much does it cost to publish in a Springer journal?

For the majority of Springer journals, publishing an article is free of charge.

  • If a journal requires page charges, you will find them on the journal's springer.com homepage or in its Instructions for Authors.
  • Charges might apply e.g. for color figures or over-length articles. The information on these extra costs will also be available from the journal's homepage or its Instructions for Authors.
  • Charges for open access articles:
    If you choose to publish an open access article ("Springer Open Choice" article or in a "SpringerOpen" journal), there will be an Article Processing Charge (APC) to be paid by the author (or his/her funding institution). As a consequence, the article can be freely read, downloaded or distributed from SpringerOpen.com and SpringerLink by any internet user.

More about Springer and open access

Where can I find instructions for a specific journal?

Please go to the homepage of the journal you have chosen for your publication. To access the journal page, please choose from the alphabetical list, or enter the journal’s title in the springer.com search box, or select the discipline and then "Journals".

Does Springer provide templates and style files for preparing a journal article?

For your convenience Springer has developed macros and templates to help you prepare your manuscript. Information about the preferred format for the individual journals can be found in the specific journal’s Instructions for Authors.

Does Springer provide English language support?

Manuscripts that are accepted for publication will be checked by our copy editors for spelling and formal style. This may not be sufficient if English is not your native language and substantial editing would be required. In that case, you may want to have your manuscript edited by a native speaker prior to submission. A clear and concise language will help editors and reviewers concentrate on the scientific content of your paper and thus smooth the peer review process.
The following editing service provides language editing for scientific articles in all areas Springer publishes in.
Use of an editing service is neither a requirement nor a guarantee of acceptance for publication.
Please contact the editing service directly to make arrangements for editing and payment.
For Authors from China
文章在投稿前进行专业的语言润色将对作者的投稿进程有所帮助。作者可自愿选择使用Springer推荐的编辑服务,使用与否并不作为判断文章是否被录用的依据。提高文章的语言质量将有助于审稿人理解文章的内容,通过对学术内容的判断来决定文章的取舍,而不会因为语言问题导致直接退稿。作者需自行联系Springer推荐的编辑服务公司,协商编辑事宜。

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For Authors from Japan
ジャーナルに論文を投稿する前に、ネイティブ・スピーカーによる英文校閲を希望されている方には、Edanz社をご紹介しています。サービス内容、料金および申込方法など、日本語による詳しい説明はエダンズグループジャパン株式会社の下記サイトをご覧ください。

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For Authors from Korea
영어 논문 투고에 앞서 원어민에게 영문 교정을 받고자 하시는 분들께 Edanz 회사를 소개해 드립니다. 서비스 내용, 가격 및
신청 방법 등에 대한 자세한 사항은 저희 Edanz Editing Global 웹사이트를 참조해 주시면 감사하겠습니다.

Where can I find artwork instructions?

Illustrations – photographs, line drawings, etc – should be submitted in digital form. For detailed information about about file formats, resolution, figure sizing, etc, please check our artwork guidelines.

Can I submit multimedia files to be published online along with my article?

Springer accepts electronic supplementary material (animations, movies, audio, large original data, etc.) which will be published in the online version only. This feature can add dimension to the article, as certain information cannot be printed or is more convenient in electronic form. For detailed information about file formats, file size, etc, please check our ESM guidelines.

What happens after my article has been accepted?

While the manuscript files are handed over to production for data processing and typesetting, you (being the corresponding author) will stay in touch with us through My Publication. There you will be asked whether you wish to:

Publish your article open access with Springer’s Open Choice option (if the journal is not a fully open access one).
Transfer the copyright of your article (if you don’t publish open access).
Order printing of figures in color.
Order paid offprints in addition to your free (electronic) offprint.

A short while after completing the My Publication questionnaire, you will receive the article’s proofs.

Can you give me more information about Copyright?

Authors will be asked to transfer the copyright of their article to the publisher (or grant the publisher exclusive publication and dissemination rights). This will ensure the widest possible protection and dissemination of information under copyright laws.
Open access articles (Open Choice articles or fully open access journals) do not require you to transfer the copyright; the copyright remains with the authors.
By opting for Open Choice, you agree to publish your article under the Creative Commons Attribution License (as of January 16, 2012). Articles published before that date are subject to the Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial License.

What exactly is the "My Publication" service and how can I benefit from it?

The "My Publication" service facilitates all administrative tasks after your article has been accepted by a Springer journal. You can sign the Copyright Transfer Statement online, decide whether your article should be published open access, whether your figures should appear in color if available. Most importantly, this new process significantly reduces the production time of your article.

How can I find out about the status of my journal manuscript?

For most of our journals the corresponding author can track the article online. Article Tracking will guide you through the seven stages from the moment your article has been accepted until it is published. Every step is described and will let you know whether action is required. Please log in to your personal springer.com account (MY SPRINGER) to start tracking your articles. When action from your side is required, this will also be announced by e-mail.
Article Stages

  1. Confirmation of receipt
  2. Typesetting
  3. Article proofs sent to author
  4. Corrected proofs returned by author
  5. Online First – Article available online
  6. Journal Issue available online
  7. Article published (in print and/or final electronic version)

What exactly is Online First?

The Online First service lets users access peer reviewed articles well before print publication. These articles are searchable and citable by their DOI (Digital Object Identifier). With Online First publication the time it takes for critical discoveries to reach the research community is significantly reduced.

Can I still make corrections to my article after it has been published Online First?

The online publication represents the official publication of research results. It is not simply a prepublication service on the part of the publisher. As soon as an article is published online, it is citable and quotable. If changes are then made, confusion can easily arise, with authors citing different versions of the same publication.

Springer has therefore decided not to make systematic use of the technical possibilities that an online publication offers and not to simply replace a published document with an updated one. After online publication, further changes can only be made in the form of an Erratum, which will be hyper-linked to the article.

How can I order offprints?

For the majority of Springer’s journals you will receive a free electronic offprint (PDF-format) for your article for your personal use. For some journals you will have the choice between this free eOffprint or a given number of free paper offprints (the options are based on the respective agreement with the editors or society partners). You will find your offprint options on the journal’s “My Publication” order page.

Can I share my electronic offprint with others?

Authors have the right to disseminate their article's eOffprint (as a printout or by email) to their co-authors and research colleagues (for personal use by such colleagues). It is not allowed to distribute the eOffprint via a webpage.

The eOffprint is for personal use only and shall not be selfarchived in electronic repositories. If you wish to self-archive your article, please use the accepted manuscript version for posting on your own website.

You may further deposit the accepted manuscript version in any repository, provided it is only made publicly available 12 months after official publication or later and provided acknowledgement is given to the original source of publication and a link is inserted to the published article on Springer's website. The link must be accompanied by the following text: "The final publication is available at link.springer.com”.

Is Springer NIH compliant?

Yes, Springer is compliant with the NIH regulations. To learn more details, please read on at our Authors' Rights pages:

How can I access my article online?

If your institution has subscribed to the electronic journal, you will have immediate full text access. If your institution does not have a license for the journal, the fastest way to access your article online is to use the pay-per-view option. We regret that currently we cannot offer another option.

How can I request permission to re-use material?

To use material printed in publications from Springer, please contact us to get permission.