Open access books portfolio

Publishing an open access (OA) book with Springer Nature can lead to a wider reach and greater dissemination of research. We have published over 2000 OA books since launch, and achieved over 200 million chapter downloads since 2013.

We are proud to have recently celebrated the publication of our 2000th OA book: Past, Present and Future of a Habitable Earth: The Development Strategy of Earth Science 2021 to 2030. Check out our blog post to read more about the book and how it is an example of our wider commitment to support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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200 million chapter downloads around the world from our platform SpringerLink.


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Autonomes Fahren (Self-driving Car) is our most downloaded open access book with 3.2 million chapter downloads.

The EBMT Handbook was Springer's most downloaded open access book in 2019.

Ray Tracing Gems was Apress' most downloaded open access title in 2019.

The Values of Independent Hip-Hop in the Post-Golden Era was Palgrave Macmillan's most downloaded open access book in 2019.

The OA effect on books

The OA effect on books

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Notable books, chapters and authors

Reality LostI_book_semantic_webI_book_cellular_automatonAchieving the Paris Climate Agreement Goals
Reality Lost looks at how a democracy can devolve into a post-factual state. It was featured in the Neue Züricher Zeitung.Co-author Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web and winner of the 2016 ACM A.M. Turing Award.Author Gerard t’Hooft, winner of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Physics.Achieving the Paris Climate Agreement Goals presents detailed pathways to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2050,

I_book_fungal_deseaseI_book_digital_keniaI_book_european_citizenshipEnvironmental Governance

Fungal Disease in Britain and the United States 1850-2000 was the first Wellcome Trust-funded OA monograph.

Digital Kenya has had 250k chapter downloads since publishing in 2017.

This book investigates European citizenship after Brexit, in light of the functionalist theory of citizenship

Environmental Governance in Latin America offers a programmatic analysis and overview.

1. The OA effect: How does open access affect the usage of scholarly books? |

2. Book statistics taken in August 2018.

3. The download statistics cover the time period: January 2013 – May 2018, for 512 books published during that period hosted on the SpringerLink platform. Books have varying number of chapters. Our open access books are also hosted on third party platforms - these numbers have not been included. The SpringerLink download statistics are COUNTER-compliant.