SpringerOpen publishing in partnership with societies
A substantial number of SpringerOpen journals are published in collaboration with learned societies and institutions located around the world.
It has often been argued that open access is perfectly aligned with the mission of societies to further knowledge creation and dissemination in their fields. Now that the viability of the open access model has been proven, both the number of newly launched open access journals and the number of previously subscription-based journals converting to open access have seen a steady increase. An important driver of this development is the growing number of funding agencies and universities that support open access, not only by mandating it through self-archiving but also by making funds available to pay article-processing charges (APC). As the scientific community increasingly embraces open access publishing to aid the swift and efficient communication of research, SpringerOpen is the ideal publishing partner with whom to launch a new journal or collaborate with on an existing title.
Flexibility and scalability
For societies who partner with us to launch new titles, open access offers a highly flexible, scalable and low-risk model. The APC, levied at publication, covers the cost of publishing, and the number and length of research articles are unrestricted by space constraints. In accepting and inviting articles, editors can therefore strictly adhere to their journal's agreed quality criteria right from the start, with no requirement to reject and delay high-quality articles because of non-editorial requirements such as page budget limitations. With APCs as the main revenue source, the growth of journals over time provides additional income in line with growing editorial costs, thus adding economic scalability to maximum editorial flexibility.
Making it work financially
Societies publishing journals with SpringerOpen can receive a share of revenue generated by the journal through APCs. Other societies have opted to cover the APCs payable for all articles published in the journal (at discounted rates) or for articles published by the society's members.
It is also possible for societies to cover a share of APCs on behalf of their members publishing in the journal, thus offering a membership benefit. If this model is combined with a society surcharge to SpringerOpen's standard charge, it not only creates a revenue stream for the society but also an incentive for researchers to join the society, thereby driving society revenue through membership dues. Whatever the model chosen by a society, it can be adjusted over time to reflect the development of the journal and the society.
It is important to note that SpringerOpen operates a waiver policy to ensure that APCs are not an obstacle for authors without sufficient funding. For authors from close to 100 countries with low per-capita income the charges are waived automatically. Authors from other countries can request reductions and full waivers during the submission process, with decisions being made on a case-by-case basis, separate from and independent of the editorial process.
Emil Namakuka Kikwilu, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Dar es Salaam
"Very helpful to us in the third world because free access has liberated us who cannot afford paying subscriptions to journals."
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