Making research accessible and discoverable

How Springer Nature is opening up research

We are proud to be the largest publisher of open access content; last year Springer Nature published more immediate open access articles than any other publisher.

We encourage preprint posting and self-archiving of author accepted manuscripts and have some of the most liberal policies of any publisher.

We enable sharing of subscription content, and were the first major publisher to provide shareable links to view-only versions of papers in subscription journals through our free content-sharing initiative, SharedIt.

We believe that data should be open, accessible and reusable and are committed to supporting researchers share their data. Our research data policies, products and services make data sharing faster, easier and more impactful.

We produce award-winning journalistic content that brings research to a broad audience. Through our local language editions of Scientific American we are able to reach a wide geographic readership.

We implement machine readable interfaces so that our references are available via reference lists and CrossRef, and broader open linked data are accessible via SciGraph.

We support the rapidly evolving research ecosystem by providing innovative access models for scientific content, such as through our current partnership with ResearchGate.

Facts & Figures

  • 600

    We have nearly 600
    fully open access journals.

  • 1,900 +

    We have 1,900 + hybrid journals
    with the option to publish open access

  • 92,000

    In 2018, we published 92,000 articles via gold open access, representing 30% of all Springer Nature articles. 

  • 25%

    Around 25% of all immediate open access articles published globally come from Springer Nature. That's 1 in 4 OA articles.

  • 70% +

    In four European countries – UK, Netherlands, Sweden, Austria - over 70% of Springer Nature corresponding authors are now publishing via gold open access

  • 2,700 +

    Our content-sharing tool SharedIt covers 2,700 journals and over 7 million article links have been generated since 2017. 

  • 850 +

    We have published more than 850 open access books since the launch of our OA book programme in 2012

  • 30 million +

    Our open access book chapters have been downloaded more than 30 million times.


Scientific Reports is one of the largest open access journals in the world


Nature Communications is the most cited open access journal in the world


BMC was the first open access journal publisher.

Did you know?

APC waivers

Springer Nature offers APC waivers to papers whose corresponding authors are based in countries classified by the World Bank as low-income economies. Corresponding authors based in countries with lower-middle-income economies and with a 2017 GDP of less than $200 billion are eligible for a 50% discount.

Scholarly platforms

We work with scholarly communications platforms such as ResearchGate to enable the sharing of articles on scholarly platforms in a way that protects the rights of authors and publishers.

Protocols and methods

We have dedicated, searchable products such as Springer Nature Experiments to help researchers share research protocols and methods and find the most relevant ones for their projects.

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