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Open Access Agreement - Springer

We are now a member of the newly established national pilot agreement Springer Compact. In short, the agreement means that researchers affiliated to Halmstad University have access to about 1,700 Springer journals, and that Halmstad University researchers who publish in these journals do not pay any author fees, so-called APC fees. APC costs are covered by the national agreement and publications are freely available.

How does it work?

  1. When you as an author have gotten your manuscript accepted in a journal covered in the agreement you will receive an email with a link to the Springer publishing platform MyPublication. A document with author instructionsPDF (pdf, 950.2 kB) is available.
    For the manuscript to be covered by the agreement the Halmstad University researcher must be a corresponding author. The definition of a Corresponding author is: "the person who handles the manuscript and correspondence during the publication process – from manuscript correction and proof reading, to handling the revisions and re-submission of revised manuscripts up to the acceptance of the manuscripts. The author has the authority to act on behalf of all co-authors in all matters pertaining to publication of the manuscript including supplementary material. The corresponding author is responsible for obtaining such agreements and for informing the co-authors of the manuscript’s.”
  2. On MyPublication specify which institution you are connected to and your Halmstad University email address. A message is then sent automatically to the University Library.
  3. Your affiliation to Halmstad University will be verified by both Springer and the University Library.
  4. Your article can now be published with open access (open access) with a Creative Commons license (CC-BY license).


Publication types and journals in the agreement

The agreement covers APC fees for the following publication types:

  • 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).

APC costs are covered for all Springer's hybrid journals, presently about 1,700 journals. This list may be expanded. A hybrid journal is a traditional subscription-based journal in which articles can be made openly available through a writers' duty is paid.

Download a list of the journals coveredexternal link.

In addition, the agreement also gives us "read-only access" to about 2,100 by the publisher's journals.


Self-archiving in DiVA

To give your article increased visibility and greater spread you can self-archive your article in DiVA. Springer Compact agreement allows instant publishing in DiVA of the final published version of the article.

Updated 2019-01-11