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APC waivers and discounts

SpringerOpen offers waivers for article processing charges (APCs) for papers whose corresponding authors are based in low-income countries.

SpringerOpen offers APC waivers to papers whose corresponding authors are based in countries classified by the World Bank as low-income economies as of July 2021.

Papers whose corresponding authors are based in countries with lower-middle-income economies and with a 2020 gross domestic product (GDP) of less than 200 billion US dollars are eligible for a 50% discount (reference - World Bank 1st July 2021).

Please request your waiver or discount at the point of submission.

For information about our discretionary waiver and discount policies for authors in financial need, please see here.

APC waivers are not offered for open access publication in Springer Nature subscription journals offering a hybrid option, as authors without the funds to publish open access in these journals can publish via the subscription route. See here for further information on hybrid journals in Springer and Palgrave imprints and hybrid academic journals on

For the APC waiver list of countries and to find out more please visit our open research page .