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.

Can I include my ORCID when submitting a manuscript?

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. 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 menu.

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 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.

Can I use Overleaf to submit my LaTeX manuscript to a Springer journal?

Yes, Springer and Overleaf have been collaborating on a pilot project that includes 20 journals. On the following page you will find the links to the participating journals.

Can I publish my manuscript Open Access?

Yes, Springer offers Open Choice (open access articles published in subscription-based journals) and fully open access journals. Read more about our open access portfolio here.

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. We are also collaborating with Overleaf on a pilot project that includes LaTeX templates for 20 journals. On the following page you will find the links to the participating journals.

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?

For editors and reviewers to accurately assess the work presented in your manuscript you need to ensure the English language is of sufficient quality to be understood. If you need help with writing in English you should consider:

• Asking a colleague who is a native English speaker to review your manuscript for clarity.
• Visiting the English language tutorial which covers the common mistakes when writing in English.
• Using a professional language editing service where editors will improve the English to ensure that your meaning is clear and identify problems that require your review. Two such services are provided by our affiliates Nature Research Editing Service and American Journal Experts.

Please note that the use of a language editing service is not a requirement for publication in this journal and does not imply or guarantee that the article will be selected for peer review or accepted.

If your manuscript is accepted it will be checked by our copyeditors for spelling and formal style before publication.

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 if my paper gets rejected?

Springer is committed to your publishing success: If your research is of good quality, then it may be suitable for another journal. Let us suggest an alternative journal within our esteemed publishing portfolio for resubmitting your manuscript (and any reviewer comments) for fast, effortless publication. Learn more about your options here.

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 "MyPublication" service and how can I benefit from it?

The "MyPublication" 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.