How does open access affect the usage of scholarly books?

By: Mithu Lucraft, Head of Marketing, Outreach and Development, Open Research, Springer Nature  In previous blog posts, we have talked about the benefits of publishing a book open access (OA). But what evidence is there to support these assertions? For the journals market, where open access is now well into its second decade, there has been much analysis to show how publishing OA affects usage and citations. And whilst it is possible to draw assumptions for books looking at these studies, until now there has been little research on the OA books market. That’s why today we are delighted to … Read more…

The story of Springer’s first Open Access Book

Did you know that it has been five years since Springer launched an open access books programme? To commemorate this landmark we feature the story of our first Open Access book and the benefits of publishing Open Access.   Written by Christina Emery  A year before the official launch of its OA books programme in August 2012, Springer published its first OA book: Future Internet Assembly 2011: Achievements and Technological Promises (Editors: Domingue, J., Galis, A., Gavras, A., Zahariadis, T., Lambert, D., Cleary, F., Daras, P., Krco, S., Müller, H., Li, M.-S., Schaffers, H., Lotz, V., Alvarez, F., Stiller, B., … Read more…

Research videos that matter

Research videos can be an important tool in your research, but with the state of video on the web it may seem as though cats run things. There are over 2 million cat videos on YouTube, and we think research videos deserve a larger slice of that pie. Scientific publishing is constantly evolving, and as we look to the future we want to create the best, most useful videos possible, videos that will make an impact on your life as a researcher and scientist.