Open access publishing
Publishing open access in this journal
Frontiers of Materials Science is a hybrid open access journal. Once accepted, authors can choose to either:
- Publish their research open access (OA) with Open Choice, our hybrid open access option
- Publish under the traditional (subscription) publishing model
Both options will be offered after the paper has been accepted.
Benefits of open access
Open access publication can lead to:
- Increased citation and usage
- Faster impact
- Compliance with open access mandates
Learn more about the benefits of open access.
For information about any relevant fees for publishing in Frontiers of Materials Science, please check the journal homepage or contact the Open Research Support team (ORSupport@springernature.com).
Visit our open access support portal for further information.
Creative Commons licences
Open access articles in Springer Nature journals are published under Creative Commons licences. These provide an industry-standard framework to support easy re-use of open access material. Under Creative Commons licences, authors retain copyright of their articles.
Frontiers of Materials Science articles are published open access under a CC BY licence (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence). The CC BY licence is the most open licence available and considered the industry 'gold standard' for open access; it is also preferred by many funders. This licence allows readers to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format, and to alter, transform, or build upon the material, including for commercial use, providing the original author is credited.
In instances where authors are not allowed to retain copyright to their own article (where the author is a US Government employee for example), authors should contact the Open Research Support team (ORSupport@springernature.com) before submitting their article so we can advise as to whether their non-standard copyright request can be accommodated.
Authors are advised to check their funder's requirements before selecting open access, to ensure compliance. Learn more about funder compliance.