Registered Reports: A Q&A with Chief Editor of Nature Human Behaviour

To help us understand more about registered reports and their role in the peer review process, we invited Chief Editor of Nature Human Behaviour, Stavroula Kousta to answer few of our burning questions. What exactly are Registered Reports?Registered Reports are an innovative article format that shift the emphasis from the results of research to the significance of the research question and the rigour of the methods. With Registered Reports, peer review happens in two stages: in the first stage, before any data collection or analysis has taken place, reviewers evaluate the significance and robustness of the research protocol, which consists … Read more…

Data Sharing Made Easy

Good data sharing can make research more productive, more likely to be cited, and unlock innovation for the good of society. Our free white paper, based on surveys of more than 11,000 researchers internationally, identifies key challenges in data management and data sharing. Data sharing is increasing: more than 64% of researchers in a 2018 survey said they made their data openly available.The majority of researchers see data sharing as important: across three surveys, when asked about the importance of making data discoverable, researchers gave an average rating of 7.5 out of 10.Data sharing and planning is currently suboptimal: The … Read more…

5 ways Springer Nature is progressing as a responsible business

Springer Nature recently released its annual Responsible Business Report, offering an in-depth look at how we’re taking steps to reduce the company’s carbon footprint, promote an inclusive and diverse environment within the business, and forge links with the communities we serve. Read on for more highlights from this year’s report. Springer Nature is contributing to the sustainable development agenda. As one of the world’s largest publishers of academic research, educational content and science journalism, Springer Nature plays an important role and contributes towards delivery of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Springer Nature Grand Challenges Programme inspires greater … Read more…

Behind the scenes of the Springer Nature Storytellers Program

In honor of World Storytelling Day (March 20), we asked The Story Collider’s Artistic Director, Erin Barker, to share her behind-the-scenes experience working with Springer Nature authors in preparation for our live storytelling events as part of the Springer Nature Storytellers program. Erin remarks on a single moment from a story told by Col. Robert Lim, explaining how personal stories have the power to humanize science in an unparalleled way. You can browse more stories, from our Before the Abstract podcast here. Written by Erin Barker At the Story Collider’s “Surgeons” show with Springer Nature Storytellers in 2016, military surgeon Col. Rob … Read more…

5 author benefits from Springer Nature’s pilot with ResearchGate

Springer Nature is the first major publisher to reach an agreement with ResearchGate to provide greater access to their users, pioneering innovative access models for scientific content in the rapidly evolving research ecosystem. Read the full press release and learn more below about how this partnership benefits authors and how it’s helping the academic community advance discovery. 1. Full-text of select Nature articles published since November 2017 are automatically available via ResearchGate profiles during the pilot period. Springer Nature will upload all the necessary content, meaning that authors will not have to do anything to make their work available. 2. Select … Read more…

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2019

This International Women’s Day, Springer Nature is shining a spotlight on women in STEM with an interview series sharing the thoughts of more than 50 women who have published with Springer Nature. Read the full series in our Women in STEM feature. You can also listen to the true, personal stories of over 30 women on our Springer Nature Storytellers International Women’s Day podcast playlist. In 2017, Insa Thiele-Eich was selected from more than 400 female applicants as one of two finalists in the privately financed initiative “Die Astronautin”, which is Germany’s first female astronaut. One of the two women is … Read more…

Academic books and big picture thinking

Academic Book Week (#AcBookWeek) is a week-long celebration of the diversity, variety and influence of academic books throughout history run by the Booksellers Association, returning for a fourth year from 4-9 March 2019. This week, we are recognizing the important role of academic books, including how they engage critical audiences such as the media and policy-makers, as well as reflecting on their evolution and what the future might hold for this research format. We asked Brendan George, Publisher, Philosophy for Palgrave Macmillan (as part of Springer Nature), to give us his thoughts on the value and future of the academic … Read more…

Academic Book Week: Tips for Academic Book Authors

Academic Book Week (#AcBookWeek) is a week-long celebration of the diversity, variety and influence of academic books throughout history run by the Booksellers Association, returning for a fourth year from 4-9 March 2019. This week on The Source, we are recognizing the important role of academic books, including how they engage critical audiences such as the media and policy-makers, as well as reflecting on their evolution and what the future might hold for this research format. This blog focuses on open access book publishing. Springer Nature publishes open access books and chapters under its SpringerOpen, Palgrave Macmillan and Apress imprints. … Read more…

Getting started on an academic book: five questions to ask

Academic Book Week (#AcBookWeek) is a week-long celebration of the diversity, variety and influence of academic books throughout history run by the Booksellers Association, returning for a fourth year from 4-9 March 2019. This week on The Source, we are recognizing the important role of academic books, including how they engage critical audiences such as the media and policy-makers, as well as reflecting on their evolution and what the future might hold for this research format. This article was originally posted on the Nature Jobs blog. Turning your academic book ‘idea’ into a solid concept can be done, says Jessica … Read more…

Why ‘a book’ is resistant to change, and other thoughts from our Editorial Director for Social Science books at Palgrave

Academic Book Week (#AcBookWeek) is a week-long celebration of the diversity, variety and influence of academic books throughout history run by the Booksellers Association, returning for a fourth year from 4-9 March 2019. This week, we are recognizing the important role of academic books, including how they engage critical audiences such as the media and policy-makers, as well as reflecting on their evolution and what the future might hold for this research format. We asked Tamsine O’Riordan, Editorial Director, Social Science books for Palgrave Macmillan (as part of Springer Nature), to give us her thoughts on the value and future … Read more…