May 22, 2022

Springer Nature CEO Says Gold, Not Green OA is the “Only Way to Achieve Real and Meaningful Open Science”

From Springer Nature:

Frank Vrancken Peeters, Chief Executive Officer of leading OA publisher Springer Nature, will today call for greater partnership within publishing and the wider research community, pointing to the benefits such engagement has delivered over the past year during the coronavirus pandemic.

In a keynote address at the thirteenth annual APE (Academic Publishing in Europe) Conference in Berlin, he will provide evidence and data gathered over the past year to set out the need for a collaborative approach by research publishers in order for the benefits offered by open science to be fully realised – one which has partnership, collaboration, open access and transparency at its heart.


Vrancken Peeters is equally clear that not only is more partnership and collaboration needed, but Open Access, which is a fundamental building block of Open Science, must be ‘gold’ not ‘green’, as giving access to the final published version of record is the only way to achieve real and meaningful open science.

“As a publisher of primary research, we have a duty of care to the scientific record. Only the version of record, dynamically updated in perpetuity can act as an integrated hub for all the elements necessary for open science such as data and code.

“As publishers we must work together to prevent us going down the green OA blind alley – which doesn’t deliver open research, depends on the continuation of subscriptions, and offers no sustainable funding model – and instead get on the gold OA highway to open science.”

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