A Pioneer of Open Access

When Manuel Llinás was nearing the end of his postdoc at UCSF in 2002, he had a body of research that culminated in an impactful paper on the genome of the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum. The paper was very attractive to a number of subscription journals. At the time, open access options were not readily available, but he chose to publish in the first issue of a yet unknown open access journal, PLoS Biology. He discussed his decision to make the leap into the frontiers of open access. You can listen to more details about this story on Open Voices, where … Read more…

Open Access: The Prelude of the Open Scientific Research

By: Kai Tao; Prof. Ehud Gazit’s Post-doc, Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology Department, Tel Aviv University “When everybody adds fuel, the flames rise high.” Since the first open access (OA) journal, Journal of Medical Internet Research, started to solicit contributions in 1998, more presses and journals are joining in the exploration of this publication mode. Up until today, OA refers not only to open publications for readers, but also to free platforms for people of any background to share their ideas, talk, and comment on scientific researches. Accordingly, the advantages of OA to scientists are considerably obvious, including: OA can bring more … Read more…

How important are open access books to academic authors?

By: Christina Emery How important are open access books to academic authors? To kick off Academic Book Week in April, Springer Nature held a free event for researchers exploring open access (OA) books, discussing topics such as why academics publish OA books, how the impact of their research can be tracked, and the future of OA book funding. Researchers in the hard sciences are more familiar with the concept of open access article publishing, but we were interested in talking to researchers across various disciplines, including the Humanities and Social Sciences, specifically about OA books. You can read what the … Read more…

Researching the Choice to Publish Open Access

Interested in publishing open access, but have your mind set on publishing in a subscription-based journal? Our Open Choice option allows you to publish open access in more than 1,900 Springer Nature journals, making your research more visible and accessible, immediately on publication. Learn more about Open Access in this excerpt from Open access, social norms and publication choice by Matteo Migheli and Giovanni B. Ramello from the European Journal of Law and Economics. Find out more about the Open Access options available to our authors, including our OA funding options. The full article can be read via the SharedIt … Read more…

Why I Published an Open Access Book

On April 23rd, Springer Nature is participating in Academic Book Week, a global awareness event that aims to champion and showcase the evolution of academic books. Authors Prof. Owen Davies (History, University of Hertfordshire) and Dr. Roseli Pellens (Macroecology, Institut de Systématique, Evolution, Biodiversité, Paris), who are participating in a panel discussion share their experiences of publishing an open access book. “Publishing is about communication beyond academia.” – Prof. Owen Davies Prof. Owen Davies has been interested in open access for more than ten years, having personally experimented with creating and uploading his own PDF online. There was interest in … Read more…

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…

Open Access Books: Open Access in order to…

By: Christina Emery, Marketing Manager, OA Books This week is Open Access Week, a global event that encourages the discussion of open access (OA) amongst researchers and the scholarly community. This year’s theme for OA Week asks the question, ‘Open access in order to…?’ Whilst OA is more established for journal publishing, it is still relatively new for academic books. So, from a publisher’s perspective, why does Springer Nature offer an OA option for book authors? We have been publishing OA books and chapters under our SpringerOpen and Palgrave Macmillan imprints since 2011 and just this week published our 400th OA … Read more…

We’re delivering on open access. Will you join us?

By: Steven Inchcoombe, Chief Publishing Officer at Springer Nature At the start of 2017 Open Access Week, today we’re delighted to announce that we have reached a significant milestone in advancing discovery through open research. In four European countries, over 70% of Springer Nature’s journal articles are being immediately published (gold) open access. This includes: Over 77% of corresponding authors based in the UK Over 90% of corresponding authors based in Sweden Over 84% of corresponding authors based in the Netherlands Over 73% of corresponding authors based in Austria The rise of open access as a publishing model is not … 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…

Open access compliance: supporting Springer Nature authors

  By: Jessica Monaghan Meeting the open access requirements of research funders and institutions can prove a real challenge for authors. As the increase in records in the registry of OA repository mandates and policies (ROARMAP) demonstrates, the number of organisations with OA requirements is increasing every year, meaning more and more researchers are subject to such policies. OA policies can also vary widely in their requirements, leaving authors unsure or unaware of the steps required to achieve compliance. In a 2016 survey of Springer Nature authors who had published via the gold open access route, we found that 40% … Read more…