Open—and also “free”

Yes—it is possible to publish gold open access (open access where your article is freely available immediately, and where you keep the copyright) without paying an article-processing charge. Here’s how. And why.

Economists have a cliché: There’s no such thing as a free lunch. And I do believe that, if someone’s providing services—publishing services like managing peer review, permanent hosting, and search engine optimization for example, it’s going to have a cost.

[T]hese generous organizations make it possible for us to publish quality research, fully open access, without authors having to pay from their research grants.

But—what there is—are lunches where someone else has generously and kindly covered the costs. Bringing this back to SpringerOpen, what this means is that a significant number of our open access journals are sponsored by institutions and philanthropies. This means that those third parties have covered all of the publishing costs, and that means that you can publish in these journals, with all of the benefits of open access, without paying any article-processing charges.

These groups are generous for a mix of reasons. Some to promote the benefits of open access and help encourage the shift to open access for publishing overall. Some to help gain more international recognition for the research their members are doing. Some to bring more attention to their discipline and national research communities as a whole. Whatever the reasons, these generous organizations make it possible for us to publish quality research, fully open access, without authors having to pay from their research grants.

Below I’ve listed some of our sponsored journals, along with their sponsoring organizations. If any are publishing in your discipline, I’d encourage you to check them out.

Journal Journal Home Page
3 Biotech http://www.springer.com/13205
Applied Nanoscience http://www.springer.com/13204
Applied Petrochemical Research http://www.springer.com/13203
Applied Water Science http://www.springer.com/13201
Arabian Journal of Mathematics http://www.springer.com/40065
Biophysics Reports http://www.springer.com/41048
Brain Informatics http://www.springer.com/40708
Bulletin of Mathematical Sciences http://www.springer.com/13373
Business Research http://www.springer.com/40685
Complex & Intelligent Systems http://www.springer.com/40747
Computational Visual Media http://www.springer.com/41095
Data Science and Engineering http://www.springer.com/41019
Earthquake Science http://www.springer.com/11589
European Journal of Futures Research http://www.springer.com/40309
Fashion and Textiles http://www.springer.com/40691
Forest Ecosystems http://forestecosyst.springeropen.com/
Friction http://www.springer.com/40544
International Aquatic Research http://www.intaquares.com/
International Journal of Coal Science & Technology http://www.springer.com/40789
International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials http://www.springer.com/40069
International Journal of Disaster Risk Science http://www.springer.com/13753
International Journal of Geo-Engineering http://www.springer.com/40703
International Journal of Mechanical and Materials Engineering http://www.springer.com/40712
Journal of Advanced Ceramics http://www.springer.com/40145
Journal of Children’s Orthopaedics http://www.springer.com/11832
Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy http://www.springer.com/40565
Journal of Modern Transportation http://www.springer.com/40534
Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology http://www.springer.com/10195
Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology http://www.springer.com/13202
Latin American Economic Review http://www.latinaer.com
Lingua Sinica http://www.springer.com/40655
Logistics Research http://www.springer.com/12159
Materials for Renewable and Sustainable Energy http://www.springer.com/40243
Nano-Micro Letters http://www.springer.com/40820
Natural Products and Bioprospecting http://www.springer.com/13659
Pacific Journal of Mathematics for Industry http://pacific-mathforindustry.springeropen.com/
Petroleum Science http://www.springer.com/12182
Photonic Sensors http://www.springer.com/13320
Protein & Cell http://www.springer.com/13238
Science China Life Sciences http://www.springer.com/11427
SERIEs http://www.springer.com/13209
Strategies in Trauma and Limb Reconstruction http://www.springer.com/11751
Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy http://videoeducationjournal.springeropen.com/
Vietnam Journal of Computer Science http://www.springer.com/40595
International Journal of Implant Dentistry http://journalimplantdent.springeropen.com
Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy http://videoeducationjournal.springeropen.com
International Journal of Dharma Studies http://internationaljournaldharmastudies.springeropen.com/
Journal of Chinese Management http://journalofchinesemanagement.springeropen.com
Human-centric Computing and Information Sciences http://hcis-journal.springeropen.com/
Molecular and Cellular Pediatrics http://molcellped.springeropen.com
Large-scale Assessments in Education http://largescaleassessmentsineducation.springeropen.com
The Journal of Chinese Sociology journalofchinesesociology.springeropen.com
Journal of Analytical Science and Technology http://jast-journal.springeropen.com
International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy http://ijccep.springeropen.com
Nano Convergence http://nanoconvergencejournal.springeropen.com/
Journal of International Humanitarian Action http://jhumanitarianaction.springeropen.com
Protection and Control of Modern Power Systems http://pcmp.springeropen.com
New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science http://nzjforestryscience.springeropen.com
Probability, Uncertainty and Quantitative Risk http://probability-risk.springeropen.com
Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training http://ervet-journal.springeropen.com
Research and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning http://telrp.springeropen.com
Asian Journal of German and European Studies http://ajges.springeropen.com
Fields Mathematics Education Journal http://fieldsmathed.springeropen.com
The Journal of Global Positioning Systems http://jgps.springeropen.com
Journal of Uncertainty Analysis and Applications http://juaa-journal.springeropen.com
China Finance and Economic Review http://chinafinanceandeconomicreview.springeropen.com
Asian-Pacific Journal of Second and Foreign Language Education http://sfleducation.springeropen.com
Micro and Nano Systems Letters http://mnsl-journal.springeropen.com
Bioresources and Bioprocessing http://bioresourcesbioprocessing.springeropen.com
Asian Journal of Sustainability and Social Responsibility http://ajssr.springeropen.com
Journal of Global Entrepreneurship Research http://journal-jger.springeropen.com/
Functional Linguistics http://functionallinguistics.springeropen.com
Life Sciences, Society and Policy http://lsspjournal.springeropen.com
Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications www.cognitiveresearchjournal.springeropen.com
Progress in Orthodontics http://progressinorthodontics.springeropen.com

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