Gold open access in the UK: Springer Nature's transition


17 May 2018

In 2012, the Finch group brought stakeholders together to collaborate in the development of the UK’s open access (OA) policy. This resulted in a bold yet sustainable policy which, in Springer Nature’s case, has led to a significant transition to OA in the UK.

In the five years since Finch, we have published nearly 28,000 gold OA articles with a UK corresponding author. In total, this represents a 174% increase in gold OA Springer Nature articles from 2013 to 2017.

Gold open access in the UK: Springer Nature's transition explores our experience and the growth of OA in the UK at Springer Nature, examining the underpinning circumstances and contributing factors based on funder, institution, researcher, and publisher initiatives. 

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