BioMed Central, Chemistry Central and SpringerOpen are committed to providing immediate and free access to all the research they publish. To meet the cost of publishing, authors who publish in our open access journals are asked to pay an article-processing charge (APC) per published paper. To remove this burden from the individual authors, institutions can join our Membership Program.
Benefits of Membership:
- Time saving and convenient – removes the administrative burden from institutions.
- Cost-effective - pricing plans to fit individual requirements and budgets.
- Discounts on BioMed Central products - concessions on all BioMed Central subscription products.
- Increased exposure for an organization - Members receive their own customized webpage.
Together with SpringerOpen we offer four different types of Membership. View each Membership option below to learn more.
Enables an institution to cover the whole cost of publishing with no additional fees paid by their authors. Discounts apply.
Shared Support Membership
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 researchers and graduate students at their institution. A 15% discount on the article-processing charge (APC) is given when publishing in the journals.
This free service from BioMed Central enables institutions from developing countries to demonstrate their support to open access publishing. There is no cost to become a Foundation Member but institutions must fulfil certain criteria and the APC is covered by the BioMed Central waiver fund.
Launched in June 2010, SpringerOpen includes Springer’s portfolio of over 90 peer-reviewed open access journals across all areas of science, technology and medicine (STM), ranging from very specialized titles to SpringerPlus, an interdisciplinary open access journal that covers all disciplines.
All content is fully and immediately open access on publication using BioMed Central's expertise and open access publishing platform. All articles are published under the Creative Commons Attribution Licence and comply with open access mandates from funding sources and academic institutions in the fastest and easiest way.
BioMed Central Membership now additionally includes all publications within SpringerOpen journals.
Now including books!
The growing demand for open access publishing across all disciplines has led Springer to expand their open access program to fully open access books as a further addition to their already established SpringerOpen journal portfolio. The open access option is available for all types of books across all areas of science, technology and medicine (STM). SpringerOpen books are freely and permanently available online at SpringerLink and are listed in the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), increasing visibility and discoverability. The copyright remains with the editors/authors as SpringerOpen books are published under the Creative Commons Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC) license. They can be reused and redistributed for non-commercial purposes as long as the original author is attributed.
Please note that SpringerOpen books are also included in our Open Access Membership program. If your institution is one of our over 400 Members you are entitled to a 15% loyalty discount on the publication fee, regardless of the type of Membership.
To see a change in the way that research is published and disseminated, and be a part of that change, we strongly recommend becoming a Member.
If you are a researcher who would like your institution, company or society to become a Member, simply fill out our recommendation form to suggest this to the relevant person in your organization.
Note: BioMed Central, Chemistry Central and SpringerOpen journals publish supplements by special arrangement. Standard article-processing charges and Membership payments or discounts do not apply for supplements. Authors from Member organizations should note that their institution will not be expected to cover publication fees for supplement articles. For further information please contact us.