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Open access publishing: BioMed Central (BMC)

Agreement with the publisher

The Library administers the University’s deposit account with Springer Nature (formerly BioMed Central), which allows SU researchers to submit articles to BMC, Springer Open, Nature Open and Palgrave Macmillan Open journals without having to pay APCs before publication.

The Library pays Springer Nature on the author’s behalf, and then claim the money back from the author/author’s department. Submissions under the University’s deposit account also afford researchers 15% discount on the article processing charge (APC) for BMC titles.

The Library will claim this refund from the department (Rand value calculated at the exchange rate on the day of claiming the refund, plus 15% VAT).

Please note 

All fully open access journals /articles are eligible for OA publishing but only BMC and SpringerOpen journals receive the discount though.

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Biomed Central as part of Springer Nature



BMC has an evolving portfolio of some 300 peer-reviewed journals, sharing discoveries from research communities in science, technology, engineering and medicine. In 1999 we made high quality research open to everyone who needed to access it – and in making the open access model sustainable, we changed the world of academic publishing.

BMC is part of Springer Nature, giving us greater opportunities to help authors everywhere make more connections with research communities across the world.