SN Applied Sciences is now a fully open access journal!

As of January 2021 SN Applied Sciences has become a fully open access (OA) journal. This means that all content published in the journal is published under an open access license, and freely available to readers worldwide, enabling the widest possible dissemination and reuse. SN Applied Sciences will only be accepting articles for publication via the immediate OA route.

Springer Nature is committed to ensuring our portfolios serve and meet the evolving needs of the research community and that quality research is read and disseminated as widely as possible. Transforming SN Applied Sciences to full OA reflects our ongoing commitment to driving the transition to open research, and providing researchers with OA publication venues that can amplify their research and enable compliance with funder and institutional OA requirements, while continuing to deliver a high level of author service. 

FAQs:

Why are you flipping the journal to fully OA?

Springer Nature is committed to ensuring our portfolio serves and meets the evolving needs of the research community and that  research is read and disseminated as widely as possible. Transforming SN Applied Sciences to full OA reflects our ongoing commitment to driving the transition to open research, and providing researchers with OA publication venues that can amplify their research and enable compliance with funder and institutional OA requirements, while continuing to deliver a high level of author service.  On average, OA articles are downloaded 4 times more, and cited 1.6 times more than non-OA articles, as well as attracting 2.5 times more attention. By publishing all content in SN Applied Sciences via the OA route, we can therefore support authors in ensuring their work has the widest possible reach, and enable all readers to access this content without paywalls or restrictions.   

Why is there no longer a non-OA option available?

Starting in January 2021, SN Applied Sciences will be a fully OA journal, and will only be publishing OA articles. In preparation for this switch to full OA, SN Applied Sciences will from now on only be accepting articles for publication via the immediate OA route. Articles that have already been accepted for publication in 2020 will still be published non-OA if the author selected this option during the licensing process. 

When will you stop accepting non-OA articles? I have submitted/will submit my article before the end of the year; can I still publish non-OA?

As of December 1st we have now stopped accepting non-OA articles. However, articles that have already been accepted for publication in 2020 prior to this date will still be published non-OA if the author selected this option during the licensing process. Once the journal has formally flipped to fully OA (Jan 1st 2021) all articles published from this point will be OA.

What will the article processing charge (APC) be? 

As under our current hybrid journal model, the costs of OA publishing services will be supported by article processing charges (APCs), payable by authors’ institutions or funders when articles are accepted for publication. The 2021 APC for SN Applied Sciences will be EUR 1480/ USD 1690/ GBP 1290. For general APC questions please see our journal pricing FAQs here.

What does this mean for authors already under submission? Do I have to pay an APC?

While some authors will have submitted to SN Applied Sciences with the intention of publishing OA, we understand that other authors were not planning on taking up the OA option and so may not have considered whether they have access to OA funding for the article processing charge (APC). 

Springer Nature has a number of OA agreements and memberships in place with consortia and institutions around the world. When articles are accepted for publication, Springer Nature performs an eligibility check to identify articles covered by OA agreements. If your article is approved as eligible by your institution then it will be published OA and you will not be invoiced by Springer Nature, since the APC will be centrally invoiced to the OA agreement.

We are also putting special measures in place to support authors who submitted prior to the flip to OA. If your article is not covered by an OA agreement then we will provide details at the point of acceptance on how to have the APC covered by the journal.

What if I don't have OA funding available? Does that mean I can no longer submit to SN Applied Sciences?

Springer Nature has a number of OA agreements and memberships in place with consortia and institutions around the world. If your article is approved as eligible by your institution then it will be published OA and you will not be invoiced by Springer Nature, since the APC will be centrally invoiced to the OA agreement.

There are also many institutions and research funders that provide APC funding for OA authors. You can find more information on our OA funding support service pages, or contact our support service directly (OAfundingpolicy@springernature.com).

Springer Nature recognises that some authors may not have access to OA funds, and so has discount and waiver policies in place to ensure that no author is prevented from publishing in a fully OA journal because they are unable to fund the APC. You can apply for an APC discount or waiver during the SN Applied Sciences submission process. The APC waivers team will then confirm if you are eligible for a waiver or discount. For more information please see the APC waiver information on our journal OA policies page here

What licence will OA articles be published under?

SN Applied Sciences will continue to publish OA articles under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence, and authors will retain copyright in their OA articles. CC BY is the most open licence available and considered the industry 'gold standard' for open access; it is also preferred by many funders and in some cases required in order to comply with OA policies. More information about CC licensing is available on our journal OA policies page.

How will this change help authors comply with funder or institutional policies?

As a fully OA journal using a CC BY licence, authors publishing in SN Applied Sciences will be able to comply with any funder or institutional OA policy worldwide. A number of funders, including those in the cOAlition S group, require their authors to make their articles immediately available under a CC BY licence, and as such SNAS articles will be fully compliant with Plan S principles, and there is no risk that authors might choose a non-compliant non-OA publication route. Equally, if authors are supported by funders or institutions that require them to make a version of their manuscript available in a repository, they will be able to share their openly licensed version of record (VOR) into a repository immediately on publication. 

What will happen to content already published via the non-OA route?

Where content has already been published via the non-OA route in SN Applied Sciences prior to the flip to full OA in January 2021, these articles will remain free to access on the journal site under the same licence terms as at present. Since we did not contract with the authors to publish this content under a CC BY licence, these free-to-access articles are not available for onward sharing and reuse in the same way as OA CC BY content. If you wish to re-use an article that does not have a CC BY licence, you can make a request via the ‘reprints and permissions’ link on the article page.

Who can I contact with further questions?

If you have any questions about this transition our Open Research author support team is ready to assist (ORsupport@springernature.com).