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The objective of this resource is to inform the UNSW community of changes to the Library Collection and open access publishing agreements in which the University participates.

Springer Nature Read & Publish agreement

Agreement duration: The UNSW agreement is from 1st January 2022 - 31st December 2024, or until the annual publication cap is reached.

Summary: Springer Nature curates a large number of journals, books and databases across the science, technology, medicine, social sciences and humanities disciplines. The agreement will allow UNSW affiliated authors to publish their research open access in over 2,000 hybrid journals, across the Springer, Palgrave Macmillan and Adis portfolios and in the Academic Journals on NB: NATURE branded journals are not part of this agreement - npj, Communications journals, Nature and Nature Research journals. 

Titles included: Springer Nature Read and Publish Title List 

Acceptance date: Eligible articles that have an acceptance date during the term of this agreement (1st January 2022 - 31st December 2023) or up to the publication cap are eligible to be published open access under the terms of the agreement.

Number of included articles: The number of included articles for 2023 is approximately 3,300 across all participating institutions. This equates to approximately 85% of 2021 publications. Once the allowance is used corresponding authors of any additional articles accepted in 2023, may choose to publish articles as "closed access" or to pay an APC for the article to be published open access.

Information for authors: See the Springer Nature website for more information. Further, UNSW corresponding authors must use their UNSW institutional email address ( to be eligible under this agreement. This agreement allows researchers to publish open access under a CC BY or CC BY-NC licence. Page and colour charges may apply. Rapid service fees not included in the agreement.

Eligible article types: Original Paper, Review Paper, Brief Communication, Continuing Education.

How to submit your article for open access publishing:

  • Follow Springer Nature'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 UNSW corresponding author selects open access and confirms the licence type.
  • To comply with the Open Access policy the UNSW corresponding author will need to retain the rights to either the Published Version of Record or Author Accepted Manuscript, and deposit into UNSWorks using a CC BY licence.
  • The APC will then be waived for authors who 
    • used their UNSW institutional email address and
    • selected UNSW as their institutional affiliation from a drop down list.

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). 

For any queries about this open access publishing agreement please contact the Collection Development & Policy Unit via

Tags: open access publishing, scholarly publishing, transformative agreement