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Open Access: Publishing Agreements

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Available for articles with an acceptance date from 1 January 2022

Please note: The article cap has reset for 2024, and open access approvals have resumed.

Journal coverage

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This agreement allows authors from participating institutions to publish open access in around 2,000 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. 

The journal title list includes annotations for excluded titles.

Eligible 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).

Capped agreement

The 2024 cap is 3,509 articles by eligible authors from participating institutions

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. 

Author rights and licence options

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

  • CC-BY
  • CC-BY-NC.

Researchers who require a CC-BY-NC-ND licence should contact the editors for the relevant journal. Please note the only option provided for ADIS titles is CC-BY-NC. Researchers who require other CC-BY licence types should contact the editors for the relevant journal.

How to use this agreement

  • Responsible corresponding authors must use their Deakin email address when submitting an article for publication. 
  • Responsible corresponding authors must include Deakin University as one of their affiliations to benefit from this agreement.
  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.


View an infographic of the author workflow for publishing open access.

Watch the video (14:57) below for a walkthrough of the article submission process.

Further details

This page provides a summary and was last updated on: 12 Feb 2024

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Read & Publish Agreements Negotiated by CAUL: Springer Nature