Open access agreement for UK authors

Springer has a national agreement with UK institutions, negotiated through Jisc. The agreement provides access to more than 2,000 of Springer’s subscription journals, as well as allowing all authors from participating institutions to publish open access in subscription journals that offer the Open Choice option.

Which institutions and Springer journals are covered by the OA agreement?

Click here for a list of all UK institutions participating in the open access agreement. Here you also find your institution's open access support staff if you have further questions on your eligibility.

Click here  for a list of Open Choice eligible subscription-based journals covered by the UK open access agreement.

As a corresponding author*, how can I identify myself as affiliated with a participating UK institution?

Once your article is accepted, Springer will send you a link to the MyPublication form. There you will be asked to state your affiliation. You will also need to agree to the open access terms. During the production process, Springer and your institution will verify your eligibility.

You are advised to use your institutional email address instead of your private email address. This enables Springer to better identify you as eligible under the agreement.
If you have any questions about the verification process, or if you would like to check your eligibility, please contact your institution’s open access team.

*The corresponding author is defined as:

the person who handles the manuscript and correspondence during the publication process – from manuscript correction and proof reading, to handling the revisions and re-submission of revised manuscripts up to the acceptance of the manuscripts. The author has the authority to act on behalf of all co-authors in all matters pertaining to publication of the manuscript including supplementary material. The corresponding author is responsible for obtaining such agreements and for informing the co-authors of the manuscript’s status throughout the submission, review, and publication process. In addition, the corresponding author also acts as the point of contact for any enquiries after the paper is published.

Which article types are covered by the Open Access agreement with Jisc?

  • OriginalPaper – Standard article, usually presenting new results; articles published under this article type may also be referred to as Original Research, Original Article, Original Paper or Research Paper

  • ReviewPaper – Standard article, interpreting previously published results.

  • BriefCommunication – Short article submitted for rapid publication that exhibits the same structure as a standard article.

  • ContinuingEducation – Article forming integral part of further education (usually medical).