What are the benefits of Open Access publishing?
- Everyone who wants to can access your work. There are no barriers.
- Greater visibility and impact: In Springer hybrid journals, open access articles are accessed four times more often, on average, and cited 1.6 more times on average within the first three years of publication.
- Compliance with mandates: Many funders require open access, and some take compliance into account when assessing future grant applications.
- The copyright remains with the author: most Springer open access articles are published under the liberal Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY) license.
Read & Publish Deals
If your institution has a Read and Publish (Springer Compact) agreement, you may publish your article open access – at no cost to you. Here is a list of those countries/cities with such a deal in place with SpringerNature at present:
Check here (https://www.springer.com/us/open-access/springer-open-choice/springer-compact) for details of the institutions covered by the deal and for possible updates to this list.
Funding and support services
Springer Nature offers a free open access support service to make it easier for our authors to discover and apply for funding to cover article processing charges (APCs). Click here for information (https://www.springernature.com/gp/open-research/funding)
No funding available?
If your institute is not covered by a Read & Publish Deal, and you cannot secure funds to cover the article processing charges, remember that it continues to be possible to publish in the “traditional way” in Clays and Clay Minerals. This means that there are no article charges but your paper is not Open Access in the way described in options 1 and 2 above. However, a key service offered by SpringerNature is the so-called ‘SharedIt’ arrangement. This allows authors to share a link with colleagues enabling them to read the content online without charge. Go to https://www.springernature.com/gp/researchers/sharedit for further information.
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