Colour charges are an additional fee charged by some of the journals in Springer Nature portfolio to article authors who wish to publish their figures in colour. They are independent of Article Processing Charges and therefore not covered by any institutional agreement.
For articles published in Springer journals
Authors who wish to publish their figures in colour in the printed version of their article will be given the opportunity to order colour in print after article acceptance. Please note that the electronic version of your article will always show coloured figures at no additional cost.
These costs may not apply to all Springer journals. Please check the submission guidelines on the homepage of the journal you are publishing with to see if your journal offers coloured figures in print.
For articles published in Nature and the Nature portfolio journals
Authors who wish to publish their figures in colour will be given the opportunity to order colour at final revision. Please note that where authors choose to publish open access, colour charges are included in the APC at no additional cost.
These costs only apply to journals which publish in both electronic and print; there are no colour charges for journals which do not publish in print.