Open access publishing
All articles published in Humanities and Social Sciences Communications are made freely and permanently available online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.
As authors of articles published in Humanities and Social Sciences Communications, you are the copyright holders of your article and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate your article.
Article processing charges
In order to publish in Humanities and Social Sciences Communications, authors of accepted articles are required to pay an article processing charge (APC). The APC is determined at the date of acceptance.
The APC for all published articles is as follows, subject to VAT or local taxes where applicable:
Some authors may be eligible for an APC discount or waiver, including authors from low-income countries. We offer our authors a free open access (OA) support service to make it easier to discover and apply for funding for OA publication charges for articles. Find out more information here.
For more information on APCs, please see our Journal Pricing FAQs.
Benefits of open access
Publishing OA offers a number of benefits, including greater reach and readership for your work:
- Free availability thanks to unrestricted online access
- Increased citation and usage
- Wider collaboration
- Compliance with open access mandates
Find out more about benefits of OA.
Creative Commons licenses
OA articles in Springer Nature journals are published under Creative Commons licenses. These provide an industry-standard framework to support easy re-use of OA material. Under Creative Commons licenses, authors retain copyright of their articles.
Humanities and Social Sciences Communications articles are published OA under a CC BY license (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license). The CC BY license is the most open license available, and is considered the industry 'gold standard' for open access; it is also preferred by many funders. This license allows readers to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format, and to alter, transform, or build upon the material, including for commercial use, providing the original author is credited.
In instances where authors are not allowed to retain copyright to their own article (where the author is a US Government employee, for example), authors should contact the Open Research Support team (ORSupport@springernature.com) before submitting their article so we can advise as to whether their non-standard copyright request can be accommodated.