Springer Nature permits self-archiving, and most importantly we are fully transparent about your rights.
Self-archiving for articles in subscription-based journals
Springer journals’ policy on preprint sharing.
By signing the Copyright Transfer Statement you still retain substantial rights, such as self-archiving:
Author(s) are permitted to self-archive a pre-print and an author’s accepted manuscript version of their Article.
a. A pre-print is the author’s version of the Article before peer-review has taken place ("Pre-Print”). Prior to acceptance for publication, Author(s) retain the right to make a Pre-Print of their Article available on any of the following: their own personal, self- maintained website; a legally compliant pre-print server such as but not limited to arXiv and bioRxiv. Once the Article has been published, the Author(s) should update the acknowledgement and provide a link to the definitive version on the publisher’s website: “This is a pre-print of an article published in [insert journal title]. The final authenticated version is available online at: https://doi.org/[insert DOI]”.
b. An Author’s Accepted Manuscript (AAM) is the version accepted for publication in a journal following peer review but prior to copyediting and typesetting that can be made available under the following conditions:
(i) Author(s) retain the right to make an AAM of their Article available on their own personal, self- maintained website immediately on acceptance,
(ii) Author(s) retain the right to make an AAM of their Article available for public release on any of the following 12 months after first publication ("Embargo Period"): their employer’s internal website; their institutional and/or funder repositories. AAMs may also be deposited in such repositories immediately on acceptance, provided that they are not made publicly available until after the Embargo Period.
An acknowledgement in the following form should be included, together with a link to the published version on the publisher’s website: “This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in [insert journal title]. The final authenticated version is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/[insert DOI]”.
When publishing an article in a subscription journal, without open access, authors sign the Copyright Transfer Statement (CTS) which also details Springer’s self-archiving policy.
See Springer Nature terms of reuse for archived author accepted manuscripts (AAMs) of subscription articles.
Publishing open access
If you publish your article open access, the final published version can be archived in institutional or funder repositories and can be made publicly accessible immediately.
Self-archiving for non-open access books and chapters
Authors whose work is accepted for publication in a non-open access Springer book may deposit their author’s accepted manuscript (AAM) in their institutional or funder repository, provided that the following conditions are observed.
The author’s accepted manuscript is the version of the book manuscript accepted for publication after peer review, but prior to copyediting and typesetting. The self-archived AAM should not include any changes made after the point of editorial acceptance. Any necessary amendments or corrections to article content should be made to the version of record (VoR) on the publisher platform.
Authored works, textbooks
Contributed volumes (inc handbooks)
Proceedings, and journal-like book series
Embargo length after publication*
Version of MS that can be deposited
Amount of MS that can be deposited
up to 10%
Author's own chapter**
Author's own chapter**
Institutional or funder repository
Author’s own personally maintained website***
Yes (immediately on publication)
* Authors may make a closed deposit on acceptance, provided the embargo periods above are adhered to for public release.
** Multi-authored works: Each contributor may archive up to one chapter per volume (provided they are the author or a co-author of such chapter). Please note that any linking, collection or aggregation of chapters from the same volume is strictly prohibited.
*** Excludes commercial scholarly sharing networks (e.g. ResearchGate, Academia.edu, Mendeley).
Special policies apply in some cases, please consult individual portfolio websites for details. For LNCS and other Computer Science proceedings, please refer to the Consent to Publish form.
See Springer Nature terms of reuse for archived author accepted manuscripts (AAMs) of subscription books and chapters.
In addition to the above policy, which applies to the author’s accepted manuscript (AAM), authors may deposit a portion of the pre-submission version of their manuscript (preprint) in a recognised preprint server such as arXiv, biorXiv, or RePEc. No re-use rights apply. The amount of the work that may be deposited in pre-print servers is the same as for self-archiving of the AAM – please see the table above. This portion of the pre-submission manuscript (preprint) may be deposited and made publicly available at any point.
Other types of publication
- Books and chapters published under the APress imprint and major reference works (MRWs) are not covered by this policy.
- For self-archiving policies applying to subscription journal articles please see our journal policy page.
- If you have any queries regarding this policy please contact us at email@example.com.