Open access funding

Open access has become a viable way of publishing and has gained tremendous support from authors, who appreciate the increased visibility of their work, as well as academic institutions and funders, who value the societal impact of freely available research.

© PTter Gudella, iStockphotoOpen access policies and mandates

More than 50 funders as well as over 180 institutions and universities worldwide have introduced an open access policy or mandate that recommends or even requires their researchers to make their work freely available, either via green or gold open access.

For detailed information on specific mandates, including NIH or RCUK, please visit our Authors' rights page.

Are costs a concern?

In open access publishing, an open access fee or article-processing charge (APC) is paid at the beginning of the publication process, making all the content freely available under liberal re-use terms. Authors are responsible for making or arranging the payment themselves but they can rely on institutions and funders who cover the fees in various ways.

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1 Institutional open access funds

More than 100 institutions and universities around the globe, such as Harvard University and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), have created funds dedicated to cover some or all of the open access publication cost for their researchers, faculty or members.

2 General funding

Funders all over the world, including the Research Councils UK (RCUK), have made open access fees part of their general funding and provide money to cover some or all of the open access publication costs.

3 Membership program

Many institutions support their researchers by paying the open access fees as part of a membership model. At Springer, we run an OA Membership Program for our fully open access journals, including the SpringerOpen and BioMed Central portfolios. Over 480 institutions worldwide have joined our OA Membership Program and financially support open access by paying some or all of the publication costs for their researchers.

4 Journal sponsorships

Many societies and institutions have opted to partly or fully cover the publication costs for their open access journals. This may apply for all authors publishing in the journals or for society members only as a membership benefit. Over 80 SpringerOpen journals are fully sponsored by a society or institution.

5 Open access waiver fund

For our SpringerOpen and BioMed Central portfolios we provide an automatic waiver to authors based in those countries which were classified by the World Bank as low-income or lower-middle-income economies as of September 2013. In addition, authors can submit individual waiver requests.