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Open Access Publishing @ Wits: Springer Nature

This LibGuide provides useful information about Open Access at Wits including the Wits Article Processing Charge (APC) fund, as well as Transformative OA agreements that apply to Wits authors

Springer Read & Publish Agreement 2023-2025


  • SANLiC (South African National Library & Information Consortium) has negotiated an agreement with Springer to support Open Access publishing.

  • As a member of SANLiC, Wits has signed an agreement with Springer for the period 2023-2025.

  • The Read & Publish agreement allows full reading access to Springer's 2,360 subscription-based journals in the Springer, Adis, Nature Academic and Palgrave Macmillan collections. Authors that affiliate with SANLiC institutions can publish open access in hybrid titles without paying Article Processing Charges (APCs). Nature Research Journals and all fully open-access journals are, however, excluded.

  • To read more about SANLIC's Open Access agreement with Springer here

Springer Read & Publish Agreement 2023-2025


To be eligible:

Article types that are covered by this agreement?

  • Original Paper: Standard article, usually presenting new results; articles published under this article type may also be referred to as Original Research, Original Article, Original Paper or Research Paper.
  • Review Paper: Standard article, interpreting previously published results.
  • Brief Communication: Short article submitted for rapid publication that exhibits the same structure as a standard article.
  • Continuing Education: Article forming integral part of further education (usually medical).
  • For publishing in eligible Hybrid Open Access journals use the order workflow for  authors in Chapter 5 of the Springer Author Guide       
  • For Fully Open Access journals, please refer to and follow the steps laid out in this guide, or declare your affiliated institutions when requested during the submission process, to submit your article’s open access APC to said institutions.
  • Find more information for authors here.