SpringerPlus is closing submissions

13th June 2016: SpringerPlus is no longer accepting new submissions. For advice about alternative publication venues, please see our FAQs. For more information about the closure of SpringerPlus, see our blog post.

Aims and scope

Inclusive scope. SpringerPlus accepts scientifically sound research from all disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Humanities & Social Sciences. Most article types can be considered.

Easy submission. Manuscripts are submitted to SpringerPlus through the website, and also as transfers from other Springer Nature Journals. There are no restrictions on word or figure count and extensive formatting is not needed before submission; we will review manuscripts in any appropriate format.

High quality guarantee. All submissions are screened for research and publication ethics, before entering academic peer review. Reviewers are asked to focus on the validity of the data and conclusions presented; manuscripts are never rejected for reasons of scope, perceived importance, novelty or ability to attract citations. Our Editors work with Authors to improve manuscripts, with the guarantee that all scientifically sound research is accepted.

Fast and transparent editorial process. Review and decisions are fast and our editorial policy is clear: a decision will be made on the version submitted, Authors will never be asked for additional research. Authors are encouraged to submit peer review reports acquired during any previous submissions of the manuscript; these may be considered as part of the final decision at SpringerPlus.

Open access

All articles published by SpringerPlus are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

As authors of articles published in SpringerPlus you are the copyright holders of your article and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate your article, according to the SpringerOpen copyright and license agreement.

For those of you who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, SpringerOpen can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. SpringerPlus therefore levies an article-processing charge of £825/$1290/€1050 for each article accepted for publication. If the corresponding author's institution is a Member, the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page. To apply for a waiver please submit your manuscript to SpringerPlus, you are able to request a waiver from our submission system.

Indexing services

All articles published in SpringerPlus are included in:

  • Biological Abstracts
  • Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition
  • OCLC
  • PubMed Central
  • Science Citation Index Expanded
  • Scopus
  • Summon by Serial Solutions

The full text of all articles is deposited in digital archives around the world to guarantee long-term digital preservation. You can also access all articles published by BioMed Central on SpringerLink.

We are working closely with relevant indexing services including Web of Science (Thomson Reuters) to ensure that articles published in SpringerPlus will be available in their databases when appropriate.

Peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.

SpringerPlus operates a single-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers are aware of the names and affiliations of the authors, but the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous. Publication of research articles by SpringerPlus is dependent solely on their scientific validity and coherence as judged by our external expert editors and/or peer reviewers, who will also assess whether the writing is comprehensible and whether the work represents a useful contribution to the field.

Submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two to three experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication.

SpringerPlus is a sound-science journal; reviewers will never be asked to indicate how interesting and significant the research is. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to SpringerPlus should adhere to SpringerOpen's editorial policies.

Appeals and complaints

If you wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint you should, in the first instance, contact the Editor who will provide details of the journal's complaints procedure.