Open Access

Open Access Publication
Cell Death Discovery is an open access journal: authors pay an article processing charge (APC) for their accepted articles to be open access online and freely accessible immediately upon publication, under a Creative Commons license.

Benefits of open access

  • Increased visibility and usage - As articles are freely and permanently available online immediately upon publication they have a broader distribution and increased visibility over subscription content, increasing the likelihood of usage and citations. 
  • Easy compliance with institutional and funder mandates - Content published under a Creative Commons licence can be archived anywhere and made immediately available on publication, allowing authors to easily comply with funder requirements.
  • Retention of copyright by authors.
  • Faster impact - As work is available to all as soon as it is published research that builds on the paper can be carried out and published quicker. 

Open access licensing
Open access articles in Springer Nature journals are published under Creative Commons licences. These provide an industry-standard framework to support easy re-use of open access material. Our preferred licence is the Creative Commons Attribution v4.0 International licence (CC BY), which is the most open licence available and considered the industry 'gold standard' for open access; it is also preferred by many funders. This licence 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.
All Springer Nature open access journals offer intergovernmental organisation (IGO) versions of Creative Commons licences on request, where required by the author’s employer.

Copyright of open access articles
Authors retain copyright of all open access articles published by Springer Nature.

Article processing charge
As costs are involved in every stage of the publication process, from administrating peer review to copy-editing and hosting the final article on dedicated servers, authors are asked to pay an article processing charge (APC) in order for their article to be published open access under a Creative Commons licence.
For Cell Death Discovery the APC is £1,390/ €1,570/ $1,870.

Funding support service
Authors will be asked to complete an Article Processing Charge form along with a License to Publish form upon acceptance of a manuscript via our online portal.  Failure to promptly complete these forms will result in delay of publication.
Please note with regards to payment that usual credit terms are 30 days from receipt of invoice. Failure to pay your invoice within the stated credit term may result in such penalties as restrictions on your ability to publish with Springer Nature or Cell Death Discovery in the future, involvement of a third Party debt collection agency and legal proceedings.
For further information on APCs visit our our FAQ page.
Springer Nature offers a free open access support service to make it easier for our authors to discover and apply for funding to cover APCs. For further advice on what funding is available to you and guidance on approaching funders and institutions, see our webpage for further details or email

APC waivers for financial need
Springer Nature offers APC waivers and discounts for papers published in our fully open access journals whose corresponding authors are based in the world’s lowest income countries as defined by the World Bank. See here for further information.
Requests from other authors for APC waivers and discounts will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and may be granted in cases of financial need. 
All applications for discretionary APC waivers should be made prior to or at the point of manuscript submission; requests made during the review process or after acceptance will not be considered. Please email to apply.

Self-archiving of papers published open access
Authors publishing open access are encouraged to deposit the final published PDF in their institutional repository or any suitable subject repository on publication.
Authors should provide a link from the deposited version to the URL of the published article on the journal's website; in all cases, the requirement to link to the journal’s website is designed to protect the integrity and authenticity of the scientific record, with the online published version on the journal’s website clearly identified as the definitive version of record.
Authors are advised to check their funders' deposition requirements to ensure compliance. Read our policy compliance FAQs to learn about how authors can ensure they meet funder self-archiving requirements. 

Publisher deposition of papers published open access
Springer Nature automatically deposits open access articles in PubMed Central (PMC) and Europe PubMed Central (EPMC) on publication, if the article meets the PMC deposition guidelines.
Please note that there may be an interval of a few weeks between publication and the appearance of an article in PubMed Central and Europe PubMed Central, depending on the time required for PubMed Central to process the deposit and for PMC articles to be mirrored to Europe PubMed Central. Where a journal publishes content online ahead of publication in a print issue (known as advanced online publication, or AOP), open access articles will be deposited to PubMed Central at the point of issue publication, as PubMed Central requires that articles are deposited in their final format.
Authors are advised to check their funders' deposition requirements to ensure compliance. Read our policy compliance FAQs to learn about how authors can ensure they meet all their funders’ self-archiving requirements. If you believe your open access article is eligible to be deposited to PubMed Central but has not been, please contact us, or you can submit an open access article directly to PubMed Central or Europe PubMed Central through their submission systems: PubMed Central and Europe PubMed Central.

Digital preservation
Springer Nature ensures that publications are preserved and available for future scholars, researchers, and students. Find out more about archiving agreements with Digital Preservation organisations here.