Springer Nature is delivering open access. Will you join us?

23 October 2017

The last two decades have seen a seismic shift in scholarly communications – from the inception of open access to the development of open tools and techniques. 

Springer Nature is home to industry leaders in open access including Nature Research, BMC and Springer. Our ultimate aim is to advance discovery, so we are very pleased to announce a milestone in advancing discovery through open research: 

More than 70% of Springer Nature journal content currently being published by authors from four European countries is published via gold open access (OA). 

This includes:

  • Over 77% of corresponding authors based in the UK
  • Over 90% of corresponding authors based in Sweden
  • Over 84% of corresponding authors based in the Netherlands

  • Over 73% of corresponding authors based in Austria

New Content Item © Springer Nature“Our ultimate aim is to advance discovery through driving the development of open access. Our history of innovation – from developing open access options for authors at all levels, to taking a risk by flipping some of our best-known brands to OA models – means that authors have taken up the challenge to publish open access.” 

- Steven Inchcoombe, Chief Publishing Officer, Springer Nature

We are on a journey

This achievement has been made possible through a unique environment in these markets, with support from governments and institutions that back open access, funders who fund article processing charges (APCs), authors who are willing to publish via open access, and a publisher providing authors with a range of publishing options, making open access a reality.




International Open Access Week 2017
How we are helping the research community to advance discovery.
Open access matters

A comment by Tim Britton for Open Access Week 2017.


"Springer Nature is on a journey, from traditional publishing methods to open access, open research, and beyond. But we can’t succeed alone. We’re calling for the research community, from funders to institutions, authors and editors to join us in making that happen." 

– Steven Inchcoombe, Chief Publishing Officer, Springer Nature

We are committed to open research

At Springer Nature, we now offer more open access options than any other publisher, with open access journals, books and data services. From July 2016 to July 2017, we published over 86,000 open access articles, which means we helped more than 396,000 authors from all over the world advance discovery by ensuring their research is freely available at the point of publication. We are proud to publish over 600 open access journals across all disciplines, from the life sciences to the humanities.

Find out more about our journals, books and data services, or learn more about the benefits of open research.

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