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Research Publishing & Impact: Springer Nature

Springer Nature: Read and Publish Agreement

This agreement commenced in January 2022, although 'Nature-branded' journals are not included.

View the full list of Springer Nature titles. Includes annotations for excluded titles.

Springer Nature has reported on Jan-Aug 2022 publishing (by CC licence, quantity accepted and APC value saved by subject) for Otago versus all Australian/NZ institutions:

ALERT 18 Nov 2022: Springer Nature titles in these 2022 Agreements have reached their quota so no more articles are eligible for the APC waiver if accepted in 2022.

Included titles

This agreement allows authors from participating institutions to publish open access in 2276 titles with no transactional APCs. This includes most titles across Springer Nature imprints including Springer, Palgrave, ADIS, and Academic Journals on Please note: Nature titles are not included. 

View the full Otago list of titles. Includes annotations for excluded titles.

It includes high impact titles such as 

  • Electrochemical Energy Reviews
  • The Astronomy and Astrophysics Review
  • Fungal Diversity
  • Intensive Care Medicine
  • Basic Research in Cardiology
  • Acta Neuropathologica

The list also includes journals for the following Australian and New Zealand Societies:

Journal Society
Acoustics Australia Australian Acoustical Society
Sleep and Breathing Australasian Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine Australasian College of Physical Scientists
Australasian Plant Pathology Australasian Plant Pathology Society
Journal of Religious Education Australian Catholic University
Curriculum Perspectives Australian Curriculum Studies Association
Korea-Australia Rheology Journal Australian Society of Rheology
Wood Science and Technology International Academy of Wood Science
Social Justice Research International Society for Justice Research
Food Security International Society for Plant Pathology
Journal of Bioethical Inquiry Journal of Bioethical Inquiry Pty Ltd
Mathematics Education Research Journal Mathematics Education Research Group
Monash Bioethics Review Monash University
New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies New Zealand Association for Research in Research in Education
Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education Outdoor Education Australia
Journal of the Australian Ceramic Society The Australian Ceramic Society
Biophysical Reviews The International Union of Pure and Applied Physics
Archaeologies World Archaeological Congress

Included titles with high Australian and New Zealand authorship include:

  • Supportive Care in Cancer
  • Environmental Science and Pollution Research
  • Plant and Soil
  • Coral Reefs
  • Sports Medicine
  • Journal of Business Ethics
  • Intensive Care Medicine
  • The Australian Educational Researcher.

Eligible articles

Article types

Open access publishing covered under this Read & Publish agreement includes the following article types:

  • Original Paper: Standard article, generally presenting new results which may also be referred to as Original Research, Original Article, Original Paper or Research Paper. 
  • Review Paper: Standard article, interpreting previously published results. 
  • Brief Communication: Short article submitted for rapid publication that exhibits the same structure as a standard article.
  • Continuing Education: Article forming integral part of further education (usually medical).

Authors may publish excluded article types as “closed access” or pay an article processing charge (if applicable) to make the article open access.

Acceptance date

Eligible articles that have an acceptance date during the term of this agreement (2022) are eligible to be published open access under the terms of the agreement.

Number of included articles

  • This agreement provides for an allowance of 3,221 articles* by authors from institutions participating in the agreement to be published open access in 2022 with no transactional APCs. 
  • The allowance is a collective pool for all participating CAUL Member institutions.
  • Once the allowance is used, authors of any additional articles accepted in 2022, may choose to publish articles as "closed access" or to pay an APC for the article to be published open access.

* The number of included articles for 2022 is calculated at 85% of the total number of articles from Australian authors at participating institutions published in Springer Nature titles in 2021.

Other charges

Other charges (including page and colour charges) will vary by imprint and may depend on whether Springer Nature owns the journal or it is a society owned journal. These charges may not be covered under the agreement. Authors will be notified about options regarding colour and page charges through their communications with journal editors.

Page charges for Springer Nature owned journals will be waived. 

Corresponding authors from institutions listed under 'Participating institutions' above may publish immediately to open access on the publisher's platform once the article has been accepted, with no transactional APCs. Page and colour charges may apply.

Author rights

Articles from authors at participating institutions may be published under the author's choice of the following licences:

  • CC-BY
  • CC-BY-NC.

The Creative Commons licenses allow reuse (some with conditions) while protecting the authors' rights of acknowledgment as authors. Authors retain copyright.

Researchers who require a CC-BY-NC-ND licence should contact the editors for the relevant journal.

How to submit your article for open access publishing

  1. Follow the publisher's usual article submission process via the journal’s homepage.
  2. On acceptance of the article, the publisher will ask the corresponding author to complete a form (publishing agreement).
  3. The corresponding author selects open access and confirms the licence type (e.g. CC-BY).
  4. The APC is automatically waived for authors who have 
    1. used an institutional email address belonging to one of the participating institutions
    2. selected a participating institution as their institutional affiliation from a drop down list.

Author identification

Authors will be identified as eligible for open access publishing by their 

  • email address
  • institutional affiliation
  • IP address range.

Corresponding authors must use their institutional email address when submitting an article for publication in order for the publication to be approved to be published open access with no transactional APCs.

Corresponding authors should not use personal email addresses (e.g. Hotmail, Gmail). Doing so may result in delayed approval of the article or the article may not be approved to be published open access under the terms of the agreement.

Management of the allowance of included articles

  • The allowance is allocated to the CAUL Consortium as a whole, not to individual institutions.
  • CAUL National Office will approve articles for publication under the agreement. Institutions will only need to intervene in instances where further information is needed to ascertain if the article and/or author is eligible. 
  • It is expected that the threshold of included articles will be reached later in 2022.
  • Once the threshold of included articles is reached, authors of any additional articles accepted in 2022 may choose to publish articles as "closed access" or to pay an APC for the article to be published open access.
  • The allowance applies to articles accepted in the subscription year and resets at the beginning of the next year. If the allowance is exceeded in 2022, open access publishing without transactional APCs will recommence in January 2023 under the Read & Publish agreement for 2023.
  • As the year progresses, information about when the threshold of included articles is expected to be reached will be posted to this guide. Content Coordinators will also be updated on a regular basis.

Archiving in institutional repositories

Through this agreement, the version of record will be available under a CC-BY licence fully open access immediately upon publication. Institutions wishing to re-host the version of record in an institutional repository are free to do so.


  • A variety of reports will be available to CAUL on a monthly and quarterly basis.
  • CAUL will share publishing output data with participating institutions on a regular basis.