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…

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…

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…

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…

Researching the Value of the Impact Factor

Impact factors were released this week. The impact factor has long been a measure of a journal’s research output, but in recent years there have many attempts to find alternative ways to expand how research is assessed. This excerpt from Diversity, value and limitations of the journal impact factor and alternative metrics in Rheumatology International explores some of the many other measurements available today.  Over the past decades, there have been many attempts to overcome limitations of the popular JIF and to propose new citation metrics bearing more comprehensive information on citable sources and their scientific value. The latter has become … Read more…

Services for Journal Editors

There are many jobs to juggle as an editor running a successful journal – everything from soliciting articles, building a strong board, and navigating publishing ethics. This month we’re highlighting the various components of running a journal, with an eye on providing tips and advice. Springer Nature journal editors benefit from the array of services provided from our various imprints. We’ve developed an easy reference guide to help you become familiar with the tools available to you. Elevate your journal by taking advantage of the numerous services open to your journal, and share information with your authors to help make … Read more…

A Case Study in Making a Journal More Relevant

There are many jobs to juggle as an editor running a successful journal – everything from soliciting articles, building a strong board, and navigating publishing ethics. This month we’re highlighting the various components of running a journal, with an eye on providing tips and advice. In the ever-changing world of science and research it’s important to pay attention to the relevancy of your journal. Bo Söderström, editor-in-chief of Ambio published an update to readers on steps taken to elevate Ambio’s relevancy. Utilizing the excerpt from Steps toward making a journal more relevant, see what points you may be able to apply to … Read more…

Building Your Peer Reviewer Target List

There are many jobs to juggle as an editor running a successful journal – everything from soliciting articles, building a strong board, and navigating publishing ethics. This month we’re highlighting the various components of running a journal, with an eye on providing tips and advice. Read all available posts in the series here. Finding quality peer reviewers is an essential task of managing a successful journal. Ideally, over time, you will create a pool of reviewers that you can rely on time and time again for thorough and accurate reviews. Building that resource can seem like a daunting task to … Read more…

Marketing Your Journal 101

There are many jobs to juggle as an editor running a successful journal – everything from soliciting articles, building a strong board, and navigating publishing ethics. This month we’re highlighting the various components of running a journal, with an eye on providing tips and advice. Marketing your journal may seem like a step you can save for your publisher, but having a clear marketing and promotion plan can help make the rest of the work of running your journal easier. Read on below for highlights on how to best market your journal. Then find more information on how we promote … Read more…

The Story Behind Springer Nature Experiments

We asked Robin Padilla, the Product Director of Springer Nature Experiments to share the story behind this new and exciting product at Springer Nature. This one-stop platform combines portfolios across all of our research publishers to make searching for experiments across the life sciences easy and effective. Read on below for more details 1) What is Springer Nature Experiments? Springer Nature Experiments is a research solution allowing researchers to quickly find and evaluate protocols and methods in the life sciences. This platform covers the content from the entire Springer Nature Protocols and Methods portfolio, namely: Nature Protocols, Nature Methods, Springer … Read more…