Making research accessible and discoverable

How Springer Nature is opening up research

We are proud to be the largest publisher of open access content; last year, Springer Nature published more immediate open access articles than any other publisher.

​​​​​​​We encourage preprint posting and self-archiving of author accepted manuscripts and have some of the most liberal policies of any publisher.

We were the first major publisher to enable sharing of subscription content; our free content-sharing initiative, SharedIt, provides shareable links to view-only versions of papers in subscription journals.

We are committed to helping researchers take open approaches to their data wherever possible. As a publisher we want to advance discovery by supporting data sharing.

We make research accessible to a wide audience through our award-winning journalistic content, and with local language editions of Scientific American we reach a wider geographic audience.

We make our content available via machine readable interfaces. Our references are available via CrossRef and reference lists together with broader open linked data are accessible via SciGraph.

Facts & Figures

  • 600 +

    We have nearly 600
    fully open access journals.

  • 1,900 +

    We have 1,900 hybrid journals
    with the option to publish open access

  • 90,000 +

    In 2017, we published 90,000 articles via gold open access, representing 30% of all Springer Nature articles

  • 30% +

    Around 30% of all immediate open access articles published globally come from Springer Nature

  • 70% +

    In four European countries – UK, Netherlands, Sweden, Austria - over 70% of Springer Nature corresponding authors are now publishing via gold open access

  • 2,700 +

    Our content-sharing tool SharedIt covers 2,700 journals and article links generated by it in its first year were accessed 3.2 million times.

  • 500 +

    We have published more than 500 open access books since the launch of our OA book programme in 2012

  • 30 million +

    Our open access book chapters have been downloaded more than 30 million times.

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Scientific Reports is the largest open access journal in the world

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Nature Communications is the most cited open access journal in the world

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BMC was the first open access journal publisher.

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APC waivers

Springer Nature offers APC waivers to papers whose corresponding authors are based in countries classified by the World Bank as low-income economies. Corresponding authors based in countries with lower-middle-income economies and with a 2017 GDP of less than $200 billion are eligible for a 50% discount.

Scholarly platforms

We work with scholarly communications platforms such as ResearchGate to enable the sharing of articles on scholarly platforms in a way that protects the rights of authors and publishers.

Protocols and methods

We have dedicated, searchable products such as Springer Nature Experiments to help researchers share research protocols and methods and find the most relevant ones for their projects.

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