May 18, 2022

Springer Nature: 70% of Corresponding Authors From Four European Countries Now Publishing via Gold Open Access

From a Springer Nature Announcement:

Springer Nature announces that it has achieved a milestone in advancing discovery through open research, with over 70% of corresponding authors from four European countries now publishing via 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

This achievement has been made possible through a unique environment in these markets, with support from governments and institutions who back open access, funders who fund APCs, authors who are willing to publish via open access, and a publisher providing authors with a range of publishing options, making open access a reality.

Globally, 27% of all research published by Springer Nature is now published under an immediate gold open access model. Most of this is in pure OA journals but in the four countries above increased hybrid OA take-up means offsetting is occurring there while more generally more article growth is being funded outside of library budgets.

Steven Inchcoombe, Chief Publishing Officer at Springer Nature said: “Our ultimate aim is to advance discovery through driving the development of open access publishing and open research techniques.


Inchcoombe added: “We respect academic freedom and author choice and so continue to offer more traditional publishing alternatives, but we believe that benefits of open research for whole academic community and the wider public means that ‘open’ needs to be driven forward, and we are committed to this.

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