May 26, 2022

Academic Publishing: Springer Provides Free Access to 50 Highly Rated Full Text Articles in Observance of International Nelson Mandela Day

UPDATE July 19: Along with the articles from Springer (see bel0w), SAGE has turned off the paywall for five articles (from five academic journals) about Nelson Mandela. You can access the articles here.

The 5th annual International Nelson Mandela Day takes place on July 18th (this Friday).

From Springer:

To do its part in observance of this occasion – the fifth year of International Nelson Mandela Day – Springer has opened 50 of its highest rated articles (according to Altmetric data) in disciplines that focus on Mandela’s values, and the subjects of his life’s work.

These disciplines include Economics, Education, Human Rights, Political Science and Public Health. Springer has created a landing page for these efforts at

[Our emphasis] The articles will remain open until July 31, 2014.

International Nelson Mandela Day was established on July 18, 2009 to coincide with Mandela’s birthday, and has since had one simple goal – to help change the world for the better. The day has grown into more than simply a celebration of “Madiba’s” life and legacy, and is now a call to continue his work to improve the lives of people everywhere.


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