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The Membership Program with currently over 450 Members worldwide enables academic and research institutions, societies, groups, funders and corporations to actively support open access in scholarly publishing, and help ensure the most widespread dissemination of the work published by their researchers or members. Depending on the type of Membership, Member institutions cover some or all of the publication cost for their individual researchers when they submit to a SpringerOpen, BioMed Central or Chemistry Central journal.
Now including books
SpringerOpen books are also included in our Open Access Membership Program. Authors at Member institutions are entitled to a 15% loyalty discount on the publication fee, regardless of the type of Membership.
Benefits of Membership
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Together with BioMed Central we offer three different types of Membership. View each Membership option below to learn more.
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The cost of publishing is split between the institution and author. Discounts apply.
Members pay a flat rate annual Membership fee based on the number of science and medical researchers and graduate students at their institution. A 15% discount on the article-processing charge (APC) is given when publishing in the journals.
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