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Advancing partnerships beyond publication to meet the Sustainable Development Goals

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In 2019, Springer Nature partnered with The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) and its sister organisation UKB, to jointly explore and answer the question “Is open research facilitating progress on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)”? In this interview, we talk to Timon Oeflein on our Account Development team, about the background and findings of this partnership, and his role in facilitating it. 

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19 May 2020
Reflecting on Earth Day 2020: could this pandemic mark the start of a greener future?

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April 2020 | Lately there have been a number of media reports highlighting a call for a radical rethink in climate change policies in the face of the current worldwide health crisis, and voices in the research community are proposing ways to rebuild our economy in a cleaner and more sustainable way. There is no denying that we are currently facing one of the biggest health crises in a long time. The question is; how will this impact our actions in the future?

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27 Apr 2020
An interview with renowned computer science author Steven Skiena

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April 2020 | Steven Skiena is a Distinguished Teaching Professor of Computer Science and Founding Director of the Institute for AI-Driven Discovery and Innovation at Stony Brook University, The State University of New York. We spoke to Steven about his research, his published books and how the Augmented Age will affect our lives in the future. Read the interview here.


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08 Apr 2020
Norwegian consortium begins OA agreement with Springer Nature

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March 2020 | During January 2020 Springer Nature has been undergoing an auditing process in order to become COUNTER 5 compliant. The first iteration of COUNTER 5 reports, including the master report and standard views are already available. At the moment we provide data from September onwards, which will be extended to data being available from January 2019 by end of Q2 2020.

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01 Mar 2020
Springer Nature and Projekt DEAL sign MoU for OA agreement

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October 2019 | Springer Nature has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for an OA agreement with Projekt DEAL, a consortium of over 700 publically and privately funded academic institutions and research institutions in Germany. Looking back over the past twenty years, Springer and Nature both independently and together – have always been at the forefront of OA publishing and developments, as the needs of the research community have evolved.

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03 Oct 2019
University College London: crossing borders and disciplines to tackle the world’s challenges

SDG

September 2019 | Academic institutions are at the forefront of the sustainable development movement, producing research, that can provide the basis for new policies. UCL’s response to the Sustainable Development goals is called Grand Challenges (GC) and started in 2008 with the aim to address six grand challenges faced globally, using their influence and network both in the academic and industrial scene.

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23 Sep 2019
An integrated approach to global challenges: Springer Nature’s Humanities & Social Sciences Collection

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May 2019 | STEM research is often credited with finding solutions to many of the world’s most pressing and wide-reaching challenges, while Humanities & Social Sciences can be overlooked when it comes to the role it plays in supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and its contribution to the multidisciplinary research needed to solve some of the most complex global problems. 

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30 Apr 2019
Our commitment to collaborate with the library community

Springer Nature

October 2018 | At Springer Nature, we stay in contact with our customers in a number of ways: through regular contact with our sales and account development team; by attending conferences; our own Library Advisory Boards and Summits; and our recently launched Librarian Survey. Open Access plays a key role in many of these conversations and we are here to listen and collaborate with you to find solutions that work.

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22 Oct 2018
Springer Urban Studies Programme: Research to Make the World’s Urban Areas More Sustainable

SDG

September 2018 | With global urban populations continuing to grow (UN DESA, 2018), many of the challenges associated with sustainability and human well-being will play out across the world’s towns and cities. Within Springer’s Earth Sciences, Geography, & Environment Department, is a dedicated Urban Studies & Urban Geography programme whose mission is to be at the forefront of research that both informs and helps to sustain the global community. 

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17 Sep 2018
Research data at Springer Nature – the latest news

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August 2018 | The first institution and the first funding agency have begun to offer Research Data Support to their researchers. Researchers at University of Nevada, Las Vegas can now access Research Data Support, a service from Springer Nature that makes datasets easier to find, share and cite. Researchers funded by the Wellcome Trust can also use the service as part of a pilot project. 

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22 Aug 2018
From Smart Content to Smart Data: The Role of SN SciGraph in Open Research

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July 2018 | SN SciGraph is the largest Linked Open Data aggregation platform in the scholarly domain. It makes data that is machine-readable, interoperable and re-usable freely available to the global community. Launched in February 2017, SN SciGraph was designed to help researchers, scholars, editors, librarians, funders, and developers overcome the challenge of extracting and merging large datasets from multiple repositories, and in multiple formats. Find out more.

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18 Jul 2018
Open Access and Open Science - Do you know the difference?

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June 2018 | ​​​​​​​Springer Nature's Grace Baynes, VP Data and New Product Development, discusses the differences between Open Access and Open Science and explains how Springer Nature helps libraries make their data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable.

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13 Jun 2018
Connecting People and Disciplines to Tackle the World’s Grand Challenges

Springer Nature

May 2018 | Inspired by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, Springer Nature’s Grand Challenges Programme launched in 2017 with an initial focus on five global challenges: climate change, global health, the food–energy–water nexus, a digitally transformed world and sustainable cities. We spoke to Mariette DiChristina, Executive Vice President of Editorial and Publishing for Nature Research Magazines and Editor-in-Chief of Scientific American, to get her insights into how the Grand Challenges Programme has grown over the past 18 months.

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29 May 2018
SN SciGraph Explorer Data via the API

Librarian Service

April 2018 | SN SciGraph is the Springer Nature linked data platform that collates information from across the research landscape, i.e. documents, people, & places of importance to the science & scholarly domain. SN SciGraph includes data on Springer Nature publications from almost 200 years, as well as funders, research projects, conferences, affiliations and institutions. The SN SciGraph Data Explorer is a website which allows users to explore the contents of SN SciGraph.

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13 Apr 2018
The NEW Springer Nature Image Library: Your source for book & journal covers

Tools & Services

April 2018 | ​​​​​​​In line with Springer Nature’s expanding efforts to provide centralized resources across products for librarians, we are pleased to announce the new image library website is now live. This is a resource for finding and downloading product cover thumbnail images for books, book series, journals and issues. This image library is service is free.

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09 Apr 2018
Introducing research data services for institutions

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March 2018 | ​​​​​​​In response to the challenges faced by researchers, funders and institutions, we're now offering research data services to help the research community manage and share data. The three new services are: Research Data Support, Training and Reporting.

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18 Mar 2018
SharedIt: Springer Nature’s Free Content Sharing Initiative

Librarian Service

July 2017 | ​​​​​​​Articles have been successfully shared by authors, subscribers and media outlets over 3.25 million times during the first year of SharedIt, Springer Nature’s free content sharing initiative.

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18 Jul 2017
Advancing Discovery at Libraries

Discovery Services

May 2017 | ​​​​​​​As the industry sees a shift in the way users search for content, librarians are in a unique position to influence the discovery process. The challenge is to make the content procured, searchable and accessible, so librarians are looking to content providers for help with discovery.

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30 Apr 2017

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