About Membership

List of Members | Setting up a central open access fund

BioMed Central, Chemistry Central and SpringerOpen are committed to providing immediate and free access to all the research they publish. To meet the cost of publishing, authors who publish in our open access journals are asked to pay an article-processing charge (APC) per published paper. To remove this burden from the individual authors, institutions can join our Membership Program.

Benefits of Membership:

  • Time saving and convenient – removes the administrative burden from institutions.
  • Cost-effective - pricing plans to fit individual requirements and budgets.
  • Increased exposure for an organization - Members receive their own customized webpage.

Together with SpringerOpen we offer four different types of Membership. View each Membership option below to learn more.

  • Prepay Membership
    Enables an institution to cover the whole cost of publishing with no additional fees paid by their authors. Discounts apply.

  • Shared Support Membership
    The cost of publishing is split between the institution and author. Discounts apply.

  • Supporter Membership
    Members pay a flat rate annual Membership fee based on the number of researchers and graduate students at their institution. A 15% discount on the article-processing charge (APC) is given when publishing in the journals.

  • Foundation Membership
    This free service from BioMed Central enables institutions from developing countries to demonstrate their support to open access publishing. There is no cost to become a Foundation Member but institutions must fulfil certain criteria and the APC is covered by the BioMed Central waiver fund.

Launched in June 2010, SpringerOpen includes Springer’s portfolio of over 180 peer-reviewed, fully open access journals across all areas of science, technology and medicine, the humanities and social sciences, ranging from very specialized titles to SpringerPlus, an interdisciplinary open access journal.

In August 2012, due to the growing demand for open access publishing Springer expanded their offering to open access books. The open access option is available for all types of books across all areas of science.

All SpringerOpen journals and books are fully and immediately open access upon publication. They are published under a Creative Common license and therefore authors can easily comply with the open access mandates from their funding sources and academic institutions.

All SpringerOpen journals and books are included in our Open Access Membership program. If your institution is one of our over 480 members you can publish in any SpringerOpen journal at a reduced rate or even not cost at all, and you are entitled to a 15% discount on the publication fee when you publish a SpringerOpen book, regardless of the type of your institution’s membership.

For more information about SpringerOpen and a list of all journals and books, please visit the SpringerOpen website at www.springeropen.com or contact info@springeropen.com.

To see a change in the way that research is published and disseminated, and be a part of that change, we strongly recommend becoming a Member.

If you are a researcher who would like your institution, company or society to become a Member, simply fill out our recommendation form to suggest this to the relevant person in your organization.

Note: BioMed Central, Chemistry Central and SpringerOpen journals publish supplements by special arrangement. Standard article-processing charges and Membership payments or discounts do not apply for supplements. Authors from Member organizations should note that their institution will not be expected to cover publication fees for supplement articles. For further information please contact us.

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