We see the rise of open research in all its manifestations as one of the major forces reshaping the way that researchers communicate and collaborate to advance the pace and quality of discovery.

For over fifteen years, since BMC first pioneered an open access publishing model, openness and innovation have been at the heart of our business.

Today, we publish the world’s most significant open access portfolio. In 2016, we helped over 78,000 authors from all over the world make their research freely available. 

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The history of open research at Springer Nature

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Pushing industry standards forward

We keep our open access policies under constant review, while using a transparent approach to facilitating open science through data services, collaboration tools and public accessibility and reuse. By switching Nature Communications to a fully open access model in 2014, we led the way in creating options for researchers looking to publish in high quality, multidisciplinary open access journals. To promote the publication of reproducible research and support the sharing of data, in July 2016 Springer Nature became the first publisher to introduce a standardised, common framework of research data policies for its scholarly journals. This is just one of a number of Springer Nature activities to help ensure that the data at the heart of scholarly research are appropriately archived and, where possible, widely accessible.

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Publishing open access offers a number of benefits

  • Increased citation and usage: Studies have shown that open access articles are viewed and cited more often than articles behind a paywall.
  • Greater public engagement: Content is available to those who can't access subscription content.
  • Increased interdisciplinary conversation: Open access journals that cross multiple disciplines help researchers connect more easily and providing greater visibility of their research. 
  • Wider collaboration: Open access publications and data enable researchers to carry out collaborative research on a global scale.
  • Faster impact: With permissive licences like CC BY, researchers are empowered to build on existing research quickly.
  • Compliance with open access mandates: Open access journals and books comply with major funding policies internationally.