Open access publishing

Publishing open access in this journal

All articles published by the Applied Water Science are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers.

Benefits of open access

Publishing open access offers a number of benefits, including greater reach and readership for your work:

Cited more

1.6x more citations of OA articles than non-OA articles across all subjects

Downloaded more

4x more downloads of OA articles than non-OA articles

Greater impact

2.5x more Altmetric attention. OA articles attracted 1.9x more news mentions and 1.2x more policy mentions

Open access also enables compliance with many major funder policies internationally. Find out more about benefits of open access.

Publication fees

For information about any relevant fees for publishing in Applied Water 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.

Applied Water 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.