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Springer Nature Fully OA

Umeå University researchers can publish open access at no cost in Springer Nature open access journals. Read more about the terms of our agreement with the publisher and what it means for you here.

The open access publishing fee has been pre-paid through an agreement between the library and Springer Nature. In this national pilot- and consortia agreement, research funders the Swedish Research Council, Forte, Formas and Vinnova contribute with 50% of the funding. The agreement applies to Springer Nature open access journals.

Terms and conditions

  • You must be the corresponding author, i.e., the one handling communication with the publisher and journal.
  • Your Umeå University affiliation must be stated in the published article.
  • Use your university e-mail ending with The e-mail domain is often used to recognize your eligibility.
  • The agreement applies to article types “original paper”, “review paper”, “brief communication” and “continuous education”.
  • Your article will be published under a CC BY license.

Imprints included in the agreement

  • BioMed Central (BMC) (313 journals)
  • Springer Open Journals (216 journals)
  • NatureResearch (46 journals, including Nature Communications and Scientific Reports)
  • Palgrave Macmillan (1 journal)

How the publishing process works

Knowing how the process works will help you make use of the library’s agreement in the most efficient way.

Connected to the university network

The submission process works best if you are connected to the university network (via internet on campus or VPN) when you submit your manuscript in a BMC or Springer Open journal. This will enable you to be automatically recognized as an Umeå University-affiliated author.

If you’re not connected to the network, select ”I accept responsibility for paying the processing charge on this article”. The “membership” and “discount” options do not apply to the type of agreement that the library has with Springer Nature.

Read more in the Springer Nature guide:

Submission guidelines BMC and Springer Open (1.0 MB)

Confirm your affiliation on Springer’s publishing platform

The actual verification of your affiliation to Umeå University will take place upon article acceptance. Confirm your institutional affiliation on Springer’s publishing platform by choosing “Umea University” in the dropdown list.

Read more about the publishing process at the Springer Nature website:

Open access agreements for Sweden

More information and contact

Discounts for open access publishing fees

Publishing fees for a large number of journals are covered in full or in part by library agreements.