Open access funding and payment

Open access

Scientific Reports is an open access journal, and all articles are free to access, download, share, and re-use.

Open access maximises the dissemination and discovery of your research, increasing citation and usage, and improving collaboration and interdisciplinary interaction. By making your work available to more people, we help it create greater, faster impact, enabling you and the wider scientific community to advance science.

For further information about Nature Research’s open access policies and publishing options, please visit our open research site.


To publish in Scientific Reports, you must pay an article processing charge (APC) at the following rate, plus VAT or local taxes where applicable:

£1,480 (UK)
$1,990 (The Americas*, Greater China** and Japan)
€1,690 (Europe and rest of the world)

The APC is determined at the date of acceptance. For a list of our APCs please see here. Find out more in our article processing charges and payments FAQs.

Open access funding support

We recognise that scientific research funding can sometimes be a barrier to publishing, so we offer a free open access funding and support service through our parent company Springer Nature.

We can provide you with a list of organisations offering funding for APCs. We'll also provide details of their policy guidance, and a checklist to help you meet the funder's requirements and open access policies, to enable you to secure funding.

Visit our open access funding and support page to find out more.

APC waiver policy

We offer APC waivers for papers whose corresponding authors are based in the world's lowest income countries as defined by the World Bank. Discretionary APC waivers are considered on a case-by-case basis and may be granted in cases of financial need. All applications for discretionary Scientific Reports APC waivers should be made when submitting your manuscript; requests made during the review process or after acceptance will not be considered. To request a waiver please contact Requesting a waiver will have no impact on the editorial handling of a paper. Full details of our APC waiver and discount policies can be found here.

Our articles are published open access under a CC BY license (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License). The CC BY license allows for maximum dissemination and re-use of open access materials and is preferred by many research funding bodies. 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).

Previously, some papers were published under a non-commercial license. Users may request permission to use the works for commercial purposes or to create derivative works by emailing

Under Creative Commons, authors retain copyright in their articles.

To find out more about Creative Commons licensing, please click here.

Funder mandates

Nature Portfolio’s services and policies ensure that authors can fully comply with the public access requirements of major funding bodies worldwide. For information and advice about compliance, please consult our open access policy information, or contact us.


* The Americas = USA, Canada, Central America and South America
** Greater China = Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan