Open Access

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Cell Death Discovery articles are published under a CC BY license (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License).

The CC BY license is preferred by many research funding bodies. This license allows for maximum dissemination and re-use of open access materials: under this license users are free to share (copy, distribute and transmit) and remix (adapt) the contribution, including for commercial purposes, providing they attribute the contribution in the manner specified by the author or licensor (read full legal code).

For any reuse or distribution, users must make clear to others the license terms of this work, preferably using a link to the Creative Commons webpage.

Some funders require papers to be published under a specific license and so authors should check the funder mandate to ensure compliance. For more information see Springer Nature’s open access funding page.

None of the Creative Commons Licenses impairs or restricts the author's moral rights.

Open access and charges

Authors whose papers are accepted for publication in Cell Death Discovery are required to pay an article processing charge (APC) within 30 days of receipt of invoice. The following charges will apply (plus VAT where applicable):

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Upon acceptance of their manuscript it is mandatory for authors of articles and reports to complete the article processing charge payment form and license to publish form (both will be provided upon receipt of decision) and return to Springer Nature's production department (fax number and email included on form); processing of an accepted manuscript can only proceed once these forms have been signed and returned.

If payment is not made within 30 days from receipt of invoice, authors may also be subject to 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.

Open access funding

Visit Springer Nature's open access funding page for information about research funders and institutions that provide funding for open access.

Springer Nature also offers an APC support service to make it easier for authors to discover and apply for open access funding. For advice on what funding is available to you and help in approaching funders and institutions, please contact us at

Open access policy

For more information about our open access publishing options and policies, please see our open access homepage.

FAQs for open access

What is open access?
Open access publication enables immediate, free, and unrestricted access to a published paper. Open access papers are usually published under licenses with more liberal reuse rights (more information on licenses can be found below). As there are no subscription fees to access the paper, the author covers the costs of the publication process through paying an article processing charge (APC). Authors of open access papers are also permitted to post the final, published PDF of their article on a web site, institutional repository or other free public server, immediately upon publication. All papers in this journal are published open access.

What are authors paying for?
As costs are involved in every stage of the publication process, from peer-review to copy-editing and hosting the final article on dedicated servers, the author is asked to pay an article processing charge (APC). This charge differs from journal to journal based on a journal's rejection rate, aims and scope and volume of content.

The APC price list can be accessed on the journal's Instructions for Authors page.

What article types are included in the open access initiative?
All papers published in the journal are open access. Authors should check the journal’s Instructions for Authors for further details on pricing.

How will readers know which articles are available as open access?
All papers published in the journal are open access, and each paper is clearly marked with the "Open" icon next to the title. In addition, details of the paper’s license type can be found at the bottom of the article.

How can authors pay for open access?
When a paper is accepted for publication authors will be asked to complete an APC form (a link to which will be provided in the acceptance letter). Authors can either request an invoice or provide credit card details for payment. The APC will be collected by the publisher, Springer Nature.

The license to publish form and the payment form must be sent in at the same time upon acceptance for the article to continue through the publication process.

What if I want my institution to pay on my behalf?
As indicated on the payment form, authors can request an invoice to be sent to their institution.

What time period do I have within which to make the payment?
Payment is due within 30 days of receipt of original invoice. In the case of articles in journals Springer Nature publishes on behalf of society partners, the society and journal Editors will be notified of non-payment and will make a decision on what penalty to levy on the author.

Who retains copyright of the open access articles and what license are they published under?
All authors retain the copyright to their article. Authors can publish their open access content under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Please check the journal's Instructions for Authors for more information regarding licenses.

Under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY), users are free to share (copy, distribute and transmit) and remix (adapt) the contribution under the following conditions:

  • Attribution: Users must attribute the contribution in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they or their use of the contribution is endorsed by the author or licensor).
  • Other articles will continue to be published under Springer Nature's exclusive license to publish, where Springer Nature's usual self-archiving policy will apply.

All authors are required to complete a license to publish form before publication - this form can be downloaded from the journal's Instructions for Authors.

If I publish in a Springer Nature journal, does this make me compliant with my funding body requirements?
Springer Nature's publishing policies ensure that authors can fully comply with the public access requirements of major funding bodies worldwide. Please visit for more information. However, it is the author's responsibility to take the necessary actions to achieve compliance. These may include self-archiving, opting into Springer Nature's manuscript deposition service, and/or choosing open access publication.