Funder Compliance

Our open access options allow you to easily comply with the open access requirements of your institution, government and funding body. If you are employed or funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH), or Research Councils UK (RCUK), please find more detailed information below.

If you have special copyright requirements, see our copyright transfer page.

My institution/funder mandates researchers to make research open access via a repository within six months of publication. Can I comply with it when publishing in Springer journals?

Yes. Almost all Springer subscription journals offer a Gold open access option, which is fully compatible with such funder mandates and allows the official published version of the article to be archived and distributed with no embargo. Springer also publishes well over 400 open access journals.

I am RCUK funded and I don’t have OA publishing funds available. Am I able to comply with the RCUK policy when publishing in a subscription Springer journal?

Yes. The RCUK requirement for a maximum six months embargo period is only applicable if the journal in question does not offer a Gold open access publishing option. If a lack of funds prevents the use of the Gold publication route, longer embargo periods (12 months in the sciences and 24 months in the humanities and social sciences) are indicated to be acceptable under the RCUK policy guidance. For more information on Springer’s suitable offerings for RCUK authors.

I am funded by NIH and have published via the open access route. Am I able to comply with the NIH policy on PubMed Central deposition?

If you choose to publish your article as open access within the Springer Open Choice program, Springer automatically deposits the final published version of your article into PubMed Central and it is made publicly accessible, if the article meets the PMC deposition guidelines. See here under “Self-archiving, manuscript deposition, and digital preservation” for full details. The copyright will remain with you and the article will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution License.

I am funded by NIH and have published via the subscription route. Am I able to comply with the NIH policy on PubMed Central deposition?

If you choose to publish your article with the traditional subscription-based model (without open access), you can notify Springer to deposit the author’s accepted version of your article into the NIH Manuscript Submission System, from where it will be sent to PubMed Central and made publicly available 12 months after publication.

Within Springer’s MyPublication process you can notify us easily (I am NIH funded – ‘Yes’). You can also notify Springer using our form. We require your full NIH grant number and can only process requests with a full and properly formed grant number. An example would be: ‘R01 GM012345-03’.

You only need to enter one NIH grant number. The additional one(s) can be included in a later stage.

We will upload the accepted manuscript version of your article to the NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS). Note that the uploaded article version corresponds to the final manuscript after peer-review and thus, does not include any corrections you will carry out at a later stage (e.g. during proofing).

Once your article is uploaded, you will receive email notification from NIHMS, asking you for approval of the upload to PubMed Central. When you have approved the upload, a web version of the article will be created by PubMed Central. Upon your approval of the web version, the PMCID will be created and can be found in the NIHMS. As soon as the article is displayed at PubMed Central, you will be able to find the PMCID by searching for your article.

If you have any questions about the NIH deposition process, please contact the Springer Nature NIH Funding team at

Please note that all PubMed Central content is mirrored at Europe PubMed Central. If we submit your article to PubMed Central, it will appear in Europe PubMed Central as well.

I am employed by NIH: can I comply with NIH requirements?

If you are employed by the NIH you cannot transfer your copyright to the publisher. Our publishing workflow is perfectly ready to meet this need and will allow you to fully comply.

NIH intramural authors also need to submit the accepted article manuscript to the NIHMS via themselves, so that it is available on PMC 12 months after official publication. Please visit Springer’s self-archiving policy for further details. So NIH employees/NIH intramural authors should not indicate that they are NIH funded (I am NIH funded – ‘No’) as you need to submit the accepted manuscript version of the article yourself to PubMed Central.

Where can I find more information on funder compliance?

Additional information on Springer Nature's Funding and Support service.

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