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The APCs for our open access (OA) articles cover a range of services throughout every stage of the publication process, from peer-review to copyediting and hosting the final article on dedicated servers. In addition to this the charge ensures that an article is published open access under a Creative Commons license and made immediately available to all readers.

In most cases, fully open access journals published by Springer Nature do not charge additional fees for page or colour figure costs; all publication costs are included in the APC. Some titles owned by our society partners may charge page and colour charges in addition to the APC. Please check individual journal instructions for authors for further details.

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