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November 17, 2017

(Springer) Springer Nature has launched a one-year pilot with PaperHive, a market-leading annotation system and copyright-compliant collaborative research platform. The partnership focuses on increasing reader engagement of university students with academic literature in various fields including biomedicine, mathematics, physics, and chemistry. The pilot phase comprises books and textbooks from Springer and Springer Spektrum, the leading publisher for classical and digital educational media in the field of natural sciences and mathematics in the German-speaking region.

November 14, 2017

(Springer) Effective 17 October 2017, the international publisher Springer Nature acquired the e-learning provider iversity. iversity is a leading platform for e-learning and MOOCs, and collaborates with over one hundred universities, educational institutes and companies worldwide. The acquisition of the online platform will allow Springer Nature to globally expand the dissemination of its authors’ educational and research content with the aid of innovative formats.

October 12, 2017

(Springer) Springer Nature has launched a new, free-to-use research solution, Springer Nature Experiments, to help researchers in the life sciences advance discovery by accessing the most relevant protocols and methods to support their research projects.

October 5, 2017

(Springer) Bookmetrix, a platform that brings together citations, downloads and altmetrics for books and chapters, is extending its scope by providing better insights into the reach and impact of Springer Nature’s various eBook collections. With these new, innovative features, Bookmetrix is adding value by offering detailed information for authors and readers as well as librarians.

September 11, 2017

(Springer) Peer reviewers are enabling people in developing countries to access safe drinking water as the result of a collaboration between Springer’s journal Environmental Earth Sciences and the non-profit humanitarian organization “Filter of Hope”. Since the start of the initiative at the beginning of 2017, almost 600 water filters have been distributed in Liberia, Nicaragua, Haiti, Honduras, Russia, Cuba and India. This scheme is the first of its kind to acknowledge the fundamental contribution of peer reviewers in the scientific publishing industry through a non-profit partnership.

May 10, 2017

(Springer) Scientific publisher Springer is celebrating its 175th company anniversary. The foundations for today’s company were laid on 10 May 1842 when Julius Springer, at the age of 25, opened his bookstore and publishing house in Berlin. His aim was to bring current and accurate scientific findings to the wider public. The publishing house remained a family business for four generations. Now Springer is an international scientific publisher with over 50 locations worldwide, and it belongs to the publishing group Springer Nature.

May 9, 2017

(Springer) Springer Nature’s MyCopy service is now available for library users in Israel. MyCopy allows patrons of registered libraries to order a softcover copy of a Springer eBook for a flat fee of 24.99.

May 2, 2017

(Springer) Springer and ABES have signed a groundbreaking national license which gives access to four complete eBook collections. The agreement entitles French researchers to use one of the world´s largest scientific and technical eBook collections, available on Springer’s platform SpringerLink.

April 24, 2017

(Springer) Springer is partnering with Federica Weblearning, which is an academic platform devoted to innovation, experimentation and the dissemination of multimedia distance learning. The collaboration allows authors and lecturers several options of preparing both a textbook and a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on a particular topic. This initiative allows Springer to further strengthen its expertise in textbook publishing, and offer its authors and customers an enhanced pedagogical experience.

March 11, 2017

(Springer) Springer Nature is giving a boost to researchers with the launch of its new Springer Nature SciGraph. The new Linked Open Data platform aggregates data sources from Springer Nature and cooperating partners, making it easier to analyze information related to Springer Nature publications. With the implementation of Springer Nature SciGraph, Springer Nature strengthens its role in connecting people with the most relevant and important information so that more can be learned and discovered. Following SharedIt and Recommended, Springer Nature SciGraph is now the third in a series of industry-pioneering initiatives launched by Springer Nature in the past six months.

December 7, 2016

(Springer) Springer now offers its Springer Book Archives in smaller year set packages. The new SBA packages are divided up into eras, and make it easier for libraries to purchase individual subject collections according to their own needs and current budget situation. The three year sets – Vintage (1840-1989), Modern (1990-1999) and Millennium (2000-2004) – provide greater purchasing flexibility, thus providing an accessible e-resource for libraries and organizations worldwide.

November 25, 2016

(Springer) Springer Nature will open its digital resources to two Italian universities affected by the earthquakes of this past August and October. In addition to the journal titles to which they already subscribe, Università degli Studi di Camerino and Università degli Studi di Macerata will gain access to all Springer and Nature journals until the end of June 2017. All researchers, teaching staff and students at the two universities will benefit from the offer.

October 17, 2016

(Springer) Springer Nature announced that it has rolled out its free content sharing initiative, now named SharedIt, to all of the Springer Nature-owned portfolio and over one thousand additional co-owned and partner-owned journals. This now encompasses over 2,300 journals and enables authors and subscribers to post links to free-to-read versions of primary research articles anywhere, including social media platforms, repositories, websites, scholarly collaborative networks and via emails. It follows a successful trial and roll out of the initiative for research articles in Nature-branded journals which has resulted in over 2.2 million additional article views since its launch in December 2014.

October 12, 2016

(Springer) Springer Nature has merged the major reference programs from Palgrave Macmillan and Springer to form a complementary, comprehensive Major Reference Works (MRW) program. The expanded MRW portfolio includes high-profile trade and academic references from all areas of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, humanities, business and economics. It gives access to a world-class collection of content, published in over 500 individual reference works.

July 7, 2016

(Springer) Springer and the Swedish library consortium for universities and research institutes (Bibsam) have finalized a broad agreement for Springer Compact running through December 2018. Springer Compact is a transitional deal combining reading access and open access publishing in one payment scheme. Specifically, participating consortium members’ researchers gain access to over 2,000 Springer journals and also the right to publish their research via the open access model in more than 1,650 Springer hybrid journals. Publishing articles open access helps current findings reach a larger audience, benefiting not only science but the society at large.

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