Behind the Scenes: A Q&A With the Editors of SN Applied Sciences

We asked the Managing Editors of Springer Nature’s new journal SN Applied Sciences to tell us about the journal’s scope and their decision to work on the interdisciplinary publication. Nathalie Jacobs and Robert Doe, Executive Publishing Editors of the journal share information on the scope and role of the journal in the research community. How do I know if my paper is suitable for submission to SN Applied Sciences? SN Applied Sciences covers five main disciplines, which include chemistry, earth & environmental sciences, engineering, physics, and materials. If your paper fits any of these categories in the broadest sense of … Read more…

Patient peer review in academic journals: Next steps in the journey

By: Ella Flemyng, Journal Development Manager of BMC For science to be truly open, research must go beyond simply being available to all, and actively engage the patients and the public who both fund and benefit from it. In this blog marking Peer Review Week, Ella Flemyng, Journal Development Manager for BMC’s applied-methodology journals, tells us about the novel structure of the co-produced Research Involvement and Engagement, highlighting recent developments for patient peer review and discussing what the future might hold for patient involvement in academic journals. Open science is one of the most important driving forces helping to develop … Read more…

30 million downloads of open access book chapters

We’re proud to announce that there have now been more than 30 million chapter downloads across our open access (OA) books portfolio. That is for just over 500 OA books published by Springer Nature since we started tracking downloads from our official platform, SpringerLink, in 2013. We very recently published our 550th OA book. By: Christina Emery, Marketing Manager, Outreach and Open Research At Springer Nature our mission is to advance discovery and an important way in which we are doing this is via our commitment to open research and providing authors with the ability to publish open access. We offer … Read more…

5 Things to Know About the Springer Nature Brands

When it comes to choosing a publisher for your research the options can seem vast and endless. At Springer Nature we aim to give you the best publishing experience throughout every step of your research career. Starting from your first journal article to your fifth book, your research has a spot in one of our many brands that cover the breadth of disciplines and fields in the scientific publishing world. 1- We’re made up of eight distinct and unique brands that each have their own identity that fits in within the larger Springer Nature umbrella. Springer: A leading STM, humanities and social … Read more…

Behind the Scenes: Working With Internal Editors to Grow Your Journal

Across the Springer Nature family of brands Editors-in-Chief work with internal editors to help develop and promote their journal and its content. Whether an internal editor is referred to as a journal development editor, publishing editor, or simply just an editor, the support they provide is instrumental in the journal’s development. We’ve outlined eight ways that internal editors work to ensure the growth of journals in their portfolios: Communicate with editors-in-chief, society contacts, editorial board members and any other journal stakeholders on all publishing matters, ensuring that any issues or questions related to the publishing process are addressed Work alongside … Read more…

Researching the Impact of Social Media on Scholarly Articles

What happens when you share your article on social media? How much of an impact does it make on your research? In Tracking the digital footprints to scholarly articles from social media from Scientometrics, the authors take a closer at the important role social media has at disseminating scholarly articles. Social media plays an important role in directing people to scholarly articles, which is confirmed for the first time with real data in this study. According to our empirical study with 110 sample articles, article visits directed by social referrals account for about 12.10 % (final period) to 15.41 % (initial period) of total visits. … Read more…

8 Ways Researchers in China are Utilizing Social Media

Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are likely familiar names if you’re an academic in the Western world. You’ve probably utilized one of these channels to promote your research. If you haven’t started yet, read more posts here to get started. However, fellow researchers in China do not typically have access to these platforms. China has a robust network of social media platforms. The most popular, WeChat serves as the go-to app for anything and everything including sharing updates, photos, messaging, transferring money and much more. Last year we conducted a survey at Springer Nature to gain a better understanding of how … Read more…

Answering 7 Frequently Asked Author Questions

When you’re ready to publish a journal article or book there are many questions that come up throughout the publication process. The work you’ve done is important to you and the questions you have deserve accurate responses. We want to make it easy to get the answers you need. We’ve compiled seven frequently asked questions from our authors below. Answers to any and all of your questions can be found via our Springer or Nature help desks. How much does it cost to publish in a Springer journal? If you wish to publish in an Open Access (“SpringerOpen”) journal or … Read more…

Tips from an Author: Writing a Book That Isn’t Traditionally Academic

Cliff Spiro is the author of From Bench to Boardroom: The R&D Leader’s Guide. After 15 years at GE’s Corporate Research lab as a scientist and manager, he went on to lead R&D groups in silicone rubber, halogen lamps, water, paper, energy chemicals, and semiconductor processes. We asked him a few questions about his experience writing a book for Springer Nature that falls outside of the traditional academic framework. By: Cliff Spiro 1. What was the process like for writing your book, From Bench to Boardroom? Did you pitch the idea first or already have a manuscript written? Several years ago at … Read more…

What’s Next for Impact Factors?

 By: Steven Inchcoombe, Chief Publishing Officer at Springer Nature The announcement of the latest Journal Impact Factors has prompted the expected heated discussion around their value, importance and relevance to authors, funders and the rest of academia. Despite all of these challenges and reservations, the Impact Factor is still noted by authors as one of the top elements they take into account when deciding which journal to submit their work to, and this got me thinking about the criticism publishers face for referring to Impact Factors when talking about the performance of their journals and making comparisons. I recently had … Read more…