Springer, part of Springer Science+Business Media, is now permitting commercial use for its hybrid open access program, Open Choice, by bringing it in line with the fully open access journals published by BioMed Central and SpringerOpen. As a result, all open access content at Springer will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license. Open Choice was previously published under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial license.
Open Choice allows authors to publish their articles with open access for the majority of Springer's subscription-based journals; the articles are freely available in exchange for a processing charge. The copyright remains with the author.
In addition to Open Choice, Springer also offers open access journals under its SpringerOpen brand, which has a portfolio of more than 60 journals. SpringerPlus, another open access journal, publishes research in all science, technology, and medicine disciplines.