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Publish Open Access for free or with a discount: Springer

What are the main outlines of the agreement with Springer?

No author's fee for publishing in Springer's OpenChoice journals


Springer has agreed that articles from corresponding authors at a Dutch university or UMC will be published in open access, at no extra costs to the author. Authors must indicate themselves that the article should be published in open access. The agreement applies to the journals within the Springer OpenChoice program, with the exception of titles from SpringerOpen and BioMed Central.

How to receive this discount: Make sure that you select the Radboud University/Radboudumc in the drop-down menu. At article acceptance you will be asked to confirm your affiliation by choosing it in the “Special Affiliation” drop-down menu and agree to the open access copyright and license terms. The selected institute will verify your affiliation.

To which journals does this agreement apply?

There is a maximum of 2,080 Dutch publications. Once this number is reached the agreement will terminate and items will no longer be eligible for open access.

Ignore the pop-up about 'Billing' when submitting

When submitting a manuscript to a Springer journal, you may get a pop-up about 'billing' at the end of the form (after a number of screens). This can happen even if it's a Springer’s OpenChoice journal. (These are journals for which RU authors are not required to pay a fee.) 

If you’re using your RU/Radboudumc e-mail address and a computer from the RU or Radboudumc, then you can ignore this pop-up because the publisher will recognize your affiliation with this institution. Even though Springer requires a billing address, you will not be charged. 

What about SpringerOpen and BioMed Central?

The agreement doesn't apply to the journals from SpringerOpen and BioMed Central, but you can get a discount: