Springer Nature facilitates open access in the following ways:
- Final published version of record (VOR), after any copyediting and typesetting
- Usually accepted manuscript (AM) after peer review but before copyediting and typesetting
|Location and discoverability|
- Article freely available and easily discoverable on publisher’s platform, alongside other relevant content
- Article made available somewhere other than publisher’s website, e.g. repository, or author’s homepage – less discoverable
Integrity of scientific record
- Incomplete and multiple versions, not citable or fully connected to other papers, may not be updated with corrections and risks polluting the scientific record
- Open licence (e.g. CC BY) allows users to build on, adapt, and share onwards
- Rights/re-use may be limited
Path to open science
- Can be bi-directionally linked to open data sets and protocols, as well as included in open metrics, and complying with open standards
- Not easily integrated into the open research ecosystem due to multiplicity of versions
|Viability of full OA transition|
- Reliant on existence of subscriptions to fund publishing infrastructure – transition to fully OA system not possible
Springer Nature is committed to the sustainable drive towards open science and research.
We believe Gold OA publication offers the simplest most open and most sustainable route to OA and open science and research. Springer Nature is delighted to offer a gold OA option for primary research in all of our research journals, enabling compliance with all funder requirements for access to research articles.
We also offer researchers, institutions and their funders OA options for books and sharing research data.
Learn more about complying with funder and institutional OA policies.