Springer Publishing Company Open Access Policy (SPC Open)

Springer Publishing Company’s gold open access option (SPC Open) is available to authors of articles which have been accepted for publication in Springer Publishing Company owned titles. Authors of accepted articles may choose to pay an article publication charge (APC) to allow perpetual unrestricted online access to their published article, immediately upon publication. These articles are subject to the journal’s standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

The APC is charged on acceptance and should be paid within 30 days by the author, funding agency or institution. Payment must be processed before the article can be published as open access.

APC waivers and discounts may be given to authors from countries on the World Bank Low Income List (http://data.worldbank.org/income-level/low-income?view=chart). Authors should submit a waiver or discount request during the submission of their manuscript.

Current SPC Open APC is $750USD


Authors retain copyright for articles which they choose to publish utilizing SPC Open. Springer Publishing Company retains a license to publish the article and recognize itself as the publisher.

Creative Commons License

Open access articles published in Springer Publishing Company owned journals are available under the terms of a Creative Commons user license. Open access articles are freely available to read, download and share once they are published. The standard license used for SPC Open articles is the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial No Derivative (CC BY-NC-ND). This license allows readers to disseminate and reuse the article. This license does not permit reuse for any commercial purposes nor does it cover the reuse or modification of individual elements of the work in the creation of derivative works without first requesting and being granted permission by Springer Publishing Company.

Authors whose work is funded by other organizations which require publication under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and authors who require an alternate form of Creative Commons Attribution license should contact the publisher directly.

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