It is no secret that our company is committed to the drive towards sustainable open science. Enabling open research practices in all its manifestations - such as open access, open data, open code - to support researchers in the development and communication of their research and increase its usage and re-use. It is part of our DNA and has been for over 20 years.
We have supported over 2.5 million authors in publishing OA; launched In Review to help with integrated early sharing; Springer was the first publisher to offer authors an OA choice on its subscription journals; BMC led the way as the first commercial OA publisher; introduced data policies that have become industry standards and continue to be the leading publisher of protocols; as well as publishing the most downloaded OA journal globally in Scientific Reports. We have a proud and longstanding heritage in publishing OA, with our journals and imprints playing a key role in developing industry standards and policies for OA and research.
First and foremost, having easy and open access to all parts of research is essential to the development of a fully open world. Open science not only creates a more inclusive and sustainable open research environment as Carrie Webster recently discussed at the STM conference, but is essential to the role we as a community can play in tackling the world's most challenging emerging and current issues. By ensuring that the cutting-edge research in these fields of inquiry is accessible, can be used, re-used and authors connected to work together on further development - we can make sure that our regional policy makers and wider public have the latest information to hand to help accurately inform the action that needs to be taken.
But publishing gold OA also has a myriad of benefits for the community in the outreach of their work:
And last month, in our second annual OA report, we were able to share the latest data with our community, providing the latest data on the impact that publishing OA with us has had for our authors.
Data from the report showed that:
As Frank has said before me, one of the key vehicles we as a sector have in the transition to OA is the transformative agreement (TA). And the data continues to show the clear role that TAs can and are playing in moving the transition to OA on, for all researchers, across all continents. Data showed that our TAs are delivering 3x more OA articles in Springer hybrid titles than author choice in 2022. Alongside data released earlier this year looking at the impact they can have on enabling all researchers to publish OA and supporting discipline equity - over 90% of HSS OA content in our hybrid journals is now published via a TA - their role in delivering on the goal of a fully OA landscape is clear.
We are incredibly proud of the impact of our OA portfolio; the value it offers to all authors and researchers and the initiatives we have in place to support all researchers in benefiting from OA. But we also know there is still a way to go.
OA continues to evolve, and we need to be nimble to its changes, and the demands of our community. As such the past 18 months has also seen us continue to invest in and explore the best way to support the research community such as most recently with our acquisition of OA journal Cureus or through the introduction and ethical use of AI tools, such as this weeks’ announcement on Slimmer AI, to better support author workflows when publishing OA.