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Our vision is of an open research future where every element of the research process is instantly available, discoverable, usable, reusable and widely shareable. We believe that all published primary research should be open to all, as soon as possible, enabling researchers worldwide to easily and immediately read, use and build on it.

In 2019, we participated openly in Plan S, a consultation undertaken by a group of European research funders, on plans to require publishers to make all primary research open access.

We are also committed to minimising the possible negative side-effects of open access (OA) publishing for researchers whose institutions or disciplines are not yet funded sufficiently to cover the costs of OA publishing. We are working on solutions to enable a faster, yet still sustainable, transition to OA.

How OA increases visibility

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Find out more about how open access increases the visibility of research

In addition to OA, we offer several tools and services to make it easier for authors and institutions to access, share, use and reuse research and data.

These tools include:

  • In Review, which opens up the submission, review and editorial process for authors and enables early sharing of research.

  • A partnership with ResearchGate that enables seamless discovery and an enhanced reader experience.

  • SharedIt, our free content sharing initiative that enables authors, subscribers and media partners to create shareable links to content.

Case study

Promoting greater access

Increasingly, working habits are changing with many researchers now using multiple devices in different locations. Until now, this caused frustrating access blocks online. As part of our commitment to open research and information, Springer Nature has been working with to address the problems researchers face when trying to access research subscribed to by their university when outside of the institution’s network.

In 2019, Springer Nature was the first research publisher to implement a new solution. It allows users from participating institutions to log in once per browser, after which our content platforms will remember their institutional affiliation, simplifying future authentication when outside of their institution’s network.

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73% of our publishing output is digital

100,000+ open access articles published in 2019