Whitepapers

Discover resources that provide a wealth of insights into open access across journal articles, books and data and gain a better understanding of how open access is developing globally.

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APCs in the Wild

The whitepaper explores data from Springer Nature authors on the source of article processing charge (APC) funding, along with feedback from institutional interviews to facilitate a greater understanding of where funding for APCs originates and how these sources are being used. 

Assessing the open access effect for hybrid journals

The whitepaper examines the relationship between OA and impact, demonstrating the value hybrid journals bring to researchers, funders, institutions, and society more broadly.

The OA effect

This report presents the first major comparative analysis of usage data for OA and non-OA scholarly books, and provides an informed view of how a book benefits from OA publication. 

The future of OA books

A global Springer Nature survey of more than 2,500 academic book authors provides in-depth insights into attitudes towards open access.

Practical challenges for researchers in data sharing

Based one of the largest surveys of researchers about research data, this report finds widespread data sharing associated with published works and a desire from researchers that their data are discoverable. 

Five essential factors for data sharing

The whitepaper proposes five measures that will help in making data sharing more efficient and ensure good data practice. Bringing together survey results from more than 11,000 researchers, we explore the challenges they face, as well as their attitudes and behaviours towards data sharing.

Challenges and opportunities for Japanese researchers

A survey of more than 1,000 Japanese researchers, looking at the challenges and opportunities in data sharing in Japan. 

Challenges and Opportunities for Data Sharing in China

The report summarises the findings of a survey with more than 2,000 researchers working in China, looking at the challenges and opportunities for data sharing in China.

2017 Librarian OA survey

A small survey of global library staff reveals that respondents view open access as the future of academic and scientific publishing, and many are not satisfied with the current speed of the transition.

The State of Open Data 2019

The 2019 survey results show that while most trends are encouraging around the adoption and acceptance of open data, the research community is now demanding more enforcement of the mandates that have been adopted by many governments, funders, publishers and institutions around the world. 

The State of Open Data 2018

The 2018 survey results continue to show encouraging progress, that open data is becoming more embedded in the research community.

The State of Open Data 2017

The report looks at global attitudes towards open data. It includes survey results of 2,300 respondents and a collection of articles from industry experts.

The State of Open Data 2016

Springer Nature in partnership with Digital Science bring you this annual report, examining attitudes and experiences of researchers working with open data.

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