Open Choice: Your research. Your choice.

Open Choice © Maksim Kabakou, iStockphotoOur Open Choice program allows authors to publish open access in the majority of Springer's subscription-based journals.

When you choose Open Choice, benefits for you and your readers include:

  • High visibility, as all articles are made freely available online for everyone, immediately upon publication
  • Easy compliance with open access mandates, as all articles are CC BY licensed
  • Reuse and immediate deposit of final article in any repository
  • Authors retain the copyright to their work
  • Automatic export triggered to PubMed Central/Europe PubMed Central (PMC)*

Identification of open access articles

Open access articles can be identified as open access in the article PDF, HTML and in the article metadata. They are also clearly labeled at SpringerLink using the open access button.

Copyright and open access license

If authors choose open access in the Springer Open Choice program, the copyright remains with them, the authors of the article.

As of January 16 2012, the majority of Springer’s Open Choice eligible journals publish open access articles under the liberal Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY) license. The CC BY license permits commercial and non-commercial re-use of an open access article, as long as the original author and source are properly attributed.

A limited number of journals continue to use the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC) license, including Pharma related titles and journals published by Springer Healthcare.

How to order Open Choice

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.

Publication fee

Publishing Open Choice involves an open access publication fee of US$ 3000/EUR 2200 (excl. VAT). You can choose to pay by credit card or to receive an invoice.

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.)

Customers providing payment from the Americas will be charged in US$ sales tax will be charged if applicable. 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, if applicable.

*Please note
  • Open Choice articles are not part of our Open access membership program. Articles published in Springer’s subscription-based journals using the Open Choice option are not covered by your institution’s membership.
  • Visit our open access funding page to find out how the open access publication charge can be covered.
  • The final published version will become freely available on PMC/Europe PMC, the full-text archive of scientific literature in the biomedical and life sciences, if the respective journal is on the PMC Journal List.
  • It is not possible to cancel this order.