We keep our open access policies under constant review, while using a transparent approach to facilitating open science through data services, collaboration tools and public accessibility and reuse. By switching Nature Communications to a fully open access model in 2014, we led the way in creating options for researchers looking to publish in high quality, multidisciplinary open access journals. To promote the publication of reproducible research and support the sharing of data, in July 2016 Springer Nature became the first publisher to introduce a standardised, common framework of research data policies for its scholarly journals.
Springer Nature also provides Research Data Support, an optional service available to researchers who have datasets they want to share, and make citable and findable. We provide a secure portal for data upload, and data and metadata are curated and improved by professional Research Data Editors.
These are just two of a number of Springer Nature activities to help ensure that the data at the heart of scholarly research are appropriately archived and, where possible, widely accessible.
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