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Read & Publish Agreements AND Publisher Discounts: Springer

This guide explains the new Read & Publish open access agreements introduced for researchers by UC Library in 2022. These agreements remove fees (APCs) payable by authors for open access publishing to included publishers and journals

Springer - Read & Publish Agreement

The University of Canberra has a Read & Publish Agreement with Springer for the calendar year 2022

Springer Journals included in this agreement

Check the complete list of Springer hybrid journals and whether they are included in the agreement. The third column in the table displays the Read & Publish status of the journal.

Eligible article types

These article types are eligible under this agreement:

  • Original Paper: Standard article, usually presenting new results; articles published under this article type 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)

Limitations of the agreement

  • 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
  • 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.  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
  • Articles must be accepted for publication between 1/1/2022 - 31/12/2022 (inclusive) to be eligible for this agreement
  •  The Agreement does not include Nature Research Journals.

Creative Commons Licenses

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.

See more information on Creative Commons licenses on the home page of this Guide

How to submit your article

Submission process:

  • Follow the publisher's usual article submission process via the journal’s homepage
  • On acceptance of the article, the publisher will ask the corresponding author to complete a form (publishing agreement)
  • The corresponding author selects open access and confirms the licence type (e.g. CC-BY)
  • 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.
  • For articles identified as eligible to be covered by an open access agreement, the corresponding author will be presented with confirmation that they can publish open access with their fees waived
  • The approval manager at CAUL will approve articles within 3 working days
  • Once approved the article is immediately published open access


  • Corresponding authors are identified in the system via at at least one of the following data elements during submission:
    • Use of UC email address (COMPULSORY)
    • Input of institutional affiliation when prompted
    • Completion of the form whilst on campus (IP authentication)


The approval manager will approve your article's eligibility based on your institutional affiliation, article type and journal name. Once your article is approved, you will be notified by email and your article will proceed to publication.

Springer submission chart

Please contact if you need further assistance.