Institutional Agreements

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If your institution has an agreement with us, you may publish your article open access
- at no charge to yourself - in more than 1,850 Springer journals.
When publishing your article open access it becomes freely accessible to anyone worldwide. In addition, you can enjoy full access to all Springer journals.


Current agreement partners

Benefits for authors

  • High visibility of your work
  • Easy compliance with open access mandates
  • Re-use and immediate deposit of final article in any repository
  • You retain the copyright of your work
  • Automatic export triggered to PubMed Central (PMC)/Europe PMC if the article meets the PMC deposition guidelines; full details of our deposition policies are found under the "Self-archiving, manuscript deposition, and digital preservation" information here
  • Open access charge covered centrally by the university/institution – eases the payment process

Are you ready for publication?

If you can say yes to all of these statements, you are ready for open access publication under a Springer Compact agreement:

  • My open access article has been accepted by an Open Choice eligible journal*
  • I am the corresponding author
  • I am affiliated with an eligible institution/university*
  • The type of my article is covered by my institution’s/university’s agreement*

Tip: To increase the chances of being recognized by the institutions as eligible, corresponding authors are advised to use their email address from the respective institution instead of their private email address.

*refer to "Current agreement partners" for more information about the individual agreements

Where to indicate that you are affiliated with an agreement institution

At article acceptance the corresponding author stays in touch with Springer through MyPublication. There the corresponding author will be asked among other questions to identify himself/herself as an author affiliated with a Springer Compact institution and agrees to the open access copyright and license terms.
During the publication process the institution confirms that the corresponding author and the article type are eligible.

The corresponding author counts

Only the affiliation of the corresponding author can be considered.
The corresponding author is defined as: the person who handles the manuscript and correspondence during the publication process – from manuscript correction and proof reading, to handling the revisions and re-submission of revised manuscripts up to the acceptance of the manuscripts. The author has the authority to act on behalf of all co-authors in all matters pertaining to publication of the manuscript including supplementary material. The corresponding author is responsible for obtaining such agreements and for informing the co-authors of the manuscript’s status throughout the submission, review, and publication process. In addition, the corresponding author also acts as the point of contact for any enquiries after the paper is published.

Springer Compact as part of Open Choice 

Springer Open Choice is a hybrid open access model that offers authors the opportunity to publish open access in subscription-based journals. Springer Compact is an agreement that includes only hybrid subscription-based journals and is based on the Open Choice publishing option.
Therefore these articles will be published as Open Choice articles with the same conditions.
For more information on the copyright, the license terms and Springer Open Choice in general please refer to

Is there a correlation between SCOAP3 and Springer Compact?

Both, Springer Compact and SCOAP3 support the transition to more transparent and sustainable open access publishing. However, while Springer Compact combines the costs for article processing charges (APC) of hybrid OA journals and subscriptions paid by the respective institutions and universities across all disciplines, the SCOAP3 consortium (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics) focuses on converting journals in particle physics to fully open access, including two Springer journals since 2014.
SCOAP3 also involves a completely different financial set-up: the OA publishing fees are centrally covered by the SCOAP3 consortium through a process of reducing and redirecting subscription fees. For more information on SCOAP3 please refer to the following link.

Any more questions? 

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