Information for Max Planck authors

The Max Planck Society participates in the agreement between Projekt DEAL and Springer Nature and centrally covers the Open Access fees for affiliated corresponding authors in ca. 2.900 Springer Nature hybrid and fully Open Access journals (incl. Scientific Reports and Nature Communications). Nature journals, magazines (e.g. Scientific American, Spektrum der Wissenschaft) and technical journals (e.g. ATZ, MTZ) are not included in the DEAL agreement, but the Nature Research journals are covered separately under the Nature Read and Publish Agreement.

In order to make use of the agreement, please make sure to meet the following conditions when publishing with Springer Nature:

  • The article has been accepted for publication by a Springer Nature hybrid or fully open access journal.
  • The acceptance date of the article is on or after January 1, 2024 for hybrid journals and for fully open access journals.
  • To be eligible, the author must be the corresponding author of the article. Please note that in order to be eligible it is not sufficient to be corresponding author in name only, but the author must act as main contact for Springer Nature after editorial acceptance.
  • The author must be affiliated with a Max Planck Institute and must publish under this affiliation – the Max Planck Institute must be stated in the published article.
  • The article matches one of these types:

    - In the case of hybrid journals: OriginalPaper, ReviewPaper, BriefCommunication, EditorialNotes, BookReviews, Letters, Reports. Please note that in certain medical specialist journals (so-called "Facharztzeitschriften", see column I in the journal title list) only unsolicited (not requested) research articles (OriginalPaper, ReviewPaper, BriefCommunication) are eligible.

    - In the case of fully open access journals: OriginalPaper, ReviewPaper, BriefCommunication.
  • Charges for additional options (color-in-print, posters etc.) are NOT covered by this agreement.

The list of all Springer Nature journals in which you can publish your article OA at no cost to you is available on the MPG OA Journal Finder


You can find further information for authors on Springer Nature’s information page on the DEAL agreement here:

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and on the DEAL FAQ for authors:

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