Norway Read and Publish (Springer Compact) agreement

Publish open access at no cost to you.

If you’re affiliated with a participating institution, the Norway Read and Publish (Springer Compact) agreement means you can publish your article open access with the fees covered, in more than 2,000 Springer hybrid journals

In addition, you can enjoy full access to all Springer subscription journal content. Established by Unit, this agreement will run through 31 December 2022.

Participating institutions (PDF download)

Hybrid journal list (XLSX download)

Guide for authors (PDF download)

Updates on 2021 article allowance

Please note that for 2021, a number of institutions part of the Norwegian Read and Publish (Springer Compact) agreement have reached their maximum article allowance. This means the agreement is no longer covering OA publishing fees for the following institutions until January 2022.

Institutions not covering OA publishing fees until 01 January 2022

Bjorknes University College
Volda University College
National Institute Of Occupational Health
Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training
Norwegian School Of Sport Sciences - The Library
Statistics Norway
The University Centre in Svalbard
University of Agder
University Of South - Eastern Norway
Western Norway Research Institute
Western Norway University Of Applied Sciences
Akershus University Hospital (AHUS)
Institute for Energy Technology
NILU - Norwegian Institute For Air Research
Nofima the food research institute
Norwegian Business School
Norwegian institute for nature research
Norwegian School Of Economics
Norwegian University of Life Sciences
OsloMet - Oslo Metropolitan University
University Of Stavanger

If you are an author affiliated with one of those institutions, the option to publish OA via Springer Open Choice is still available to you, but the publishing fees will not be covered under the Norwegian Read and Publish (Compact) agreement. If you need help finding funding for OA publishing fees, Springer Nature offers a free open access funding support service to help authors discover and apply for OA funding.

For more information, please contact Alternatively, contact the open access team at your institution.

Benefits of open access (OA)

  • Enjoy higher visibility and greater impact: In Springer hybrid journals, open access articles are accessed 4 times more often on average, and cited 1.6 more times on average.*
  • Comply with mandates: Many funders require open access, and some take compliance into account when assessing future grant applications.
  • The copyright remains with you: Most Springer open access articles are published under the liberal Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY) license.

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* Within the first three years of publication. Springer Nature hybrid journal OA impact analysis, 2018.

Next steps for corresponding authors

1. Check your eligibility

View a list of participating institutions to check your eligibility. To publish open access using this agreement, the corresponding author must be affiliated with a participating institution. 

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2. Submit your research to your journal of choice

View a list of included Springer journals. Please note that open access publication via this agreement is only available for journals on the list.

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3. Identify yourself as an eligible author

There are three ways we can recognise your eligibility for open access publication through this agreement. When your article is accepted, be sure to identify yourself in at least one of the following ways on the MyPublication form:

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4. Institution’s approval

Your institution will approve your eligibility without causing any delays to the manuscript publication process.

5. Promote and share your research

When your article is open access, anyone can read and share it! So whether you want to share your article on a website, a scholarly collaboration network, by email, on social media, in teaching, or anywhere else, you’re free to do so. 

For more ideas on sharing your research and maximising your impact, check out the latest blog posts on The Source (Springer Nature's blog for researchers) or visit the article promotion hub on

Which article types are covered by this agreement?

  • 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).

Any questions?

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