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December 8, 2023

Springer Nature Springer Nature developing new peer review platform to better meet needs of academic community and support growth in OA publishing. Springer Nature has embarked on a bold new project to build the next generation in peer review platforms. Being designed in-house and in stages, adapting to user feedback as part of its ongoing development, it puts editors, authors and reviewers firmly at the centre. Snapp (Springer Nature's Article Processing Platform) aims to improve the publishing process and provide a more agile response to the growth in Open Access (OA). Its rollout marks a key investment from the company in the future of publishing. [Full Announcement].

October 25, 2023

Springer Nature Springer Nature expands its AI capability with acquisition of Slimmer AI's Science division. Springer Nature has signed a definitive agreement which will see the Netherlands' Slimmer AI's Science division join the company. Springer Nature and Slimmer AI have been working together since 2015. This latest acquisition follows that of protocols.io, a secure platform for developing and sharing reproducible methods, and the launch of Curie, Springer Nature's AI-powered scientific writing assistant. [Full Announcement].

October 20, 2023

Springer Nature Springer Nature's latest Transformative Agreement an important step in global transition to OA. Springer Nature has agreed a Transformative Agreement in Hong Kong with all member libraries of the Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee. This is the publisher's first TA in this important region and, with over 700 articles published OA each year, will be the region's largest TA. With China now leading the world in terms of research output, it also marks a significant step forward in the global transition to OA. The three year agreement, effective from 1st January 2024, will allow affiliated researchers to publish OA in more than 1,900 hybrid journals published by Springer Nature. As part of the agreement, participating institutions retain access to all the journals they have subscribed to. [Full Announcement].

October 13, 2023

Springer Nature Springer Nature introduces Curie, its AI-powered scientific writing assistant. Springer Nature announced a new AI-powered in-house writing assistant to support researchers, particularly those whose first language is not English, in their scientific writing. Global research shows that it takes non-native English speaking scientists 51% more time to write a paper. Curie combines the power of large language models with specialised AI digital editing developed in-house and designed specifically for scientific writing. Unlike generalist AI writing apps, Curie focuses on the unique pain points of researchers in their professional writing, including translation to English and English language editing to address grammatical errors and improve phrasing and word choice. [Full Announcement].

July 27, 2023

Springer Nature Springer Nature continues open research drive with acquisition of protocols.io. Springer Nature, the world's leading publisher of protocols, has acquired protocols.io - a secure platform for developing and sharing reproducible methods. Scientific advancement depends on data credibility and work that can be verified, built upon and reproduced. Sharing all elements of research, including data, methods and materials, and even negative results, makes research more efficient, enables reproducibility and therefore builds trust in science. Studies show that lack of awareness of existing work or negative results leads to unnecessary duplication and could waste up to €26 billion in Europe alone. By laying out detailed step-by-step instructions for research methods, aiming to standardise the process, ensure accuracy of results and enabling research to be reproduced, protocols have a vital role to play in addressing this. With protocols.io joining Springer Nature's leading protocol offering, researchers will now have the option to make their protocols openly available on the protocols.io platform as well as publishing them in peer-reviewed publications. [Full Announcement].

March 1, 2023

Springer Nature Steven Inchcoombe takes on new role of President, Research at Springer Nature while Harsh Jegadeesan moves to become Chief Publishing Officer. Effective March 1st, Steven Inchcoombe becomes President, Research at Springer Nature reflecting changes in the global research ecosystem as it transitions to open access. In this newly created role, Inchcoombe will be responsible for building even stronger relationships with key global institutional, funder, and governmental stakeholders and growing Springer Nature's research business in high growth research countries. [Full Announcement].

February 14, 2023

Springer Nature Springer Nature continues its focus on tailored solutions for academics with acquisition of researcher-created writing tool, TooWrite. Springer Nature announces the acquisition of innovative digital writing aid, TooWrite. This is the latest addition to the publisher's growing portfolio of digital solutions for academics designed to help improve their working lives. Developed by researchers for researchers, the TooWrite platform streamlines and simplifies scientific writing by guiding researchers through the process as if they were answering a questionnaire. In addition, expert how-to guides are attached to each question, supporting researchers as if they had an editor by their side. By structuring it in this step by step way, researchers' time is freed up by making the writing process more efficient. Currently available to support the writing of abstracts, it is being developed to support the writing of full research papers. [Full Announcement].

January 10, 2023

Springer Nature Nature announces support for authors from over 70 countries to publish open access. Primary research from authors from over 70 countries classified by the World Bank as low-income or lower-middle-income economies accepted for publication in either Nature or one of the Nature research journals (e.g. Nature Chemistry, Nature Sustainability) can now be published Gold open access at no cost. This move recognises that local funding is rarely available for publishing OA in specialist journals like Nature, whose characteristics such as in-house editorial teams and low acceptance rates make it difficult for authors from these countries who are less well-funded. [Full Announcement].

December 1, 2022

Springer Nature Springer Nature completes acquisition of Research Square Company. After a long partnership and period of partial ownership of Research Square Company, Springer Nature has increased its investment in Research Square Company to take full ownership. RSC comprises American Journal Experts, which provides best-in-class AI-powered and professionally delivered author solutions, and Research Square, the world's number one multi-disciplinary preprint platform. [Full Announcement].

November 28, 2022

Springer Nature Springer Nature continues open access drive in Latin America. Springer Nature has agreed its first transformative agreement in Mexico with partner Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), in Mexico. The TA is also the largest institutional TA for Latin America to date, showing extended support for open access (OA) across the Americas. It follows the publishers' first TAs in Canada and Latin America - Colombia - earlier this year, and its landmark agreement with the University of California in 2020. These agreements show clear commitment across all Americas to OA and increase the reach and impact for their research outputs. [Full Announcement].

November 21, 2022

Springer Nature Pioneering OA agreement in Asia signed between Springer Nature and Japanese universities, including the University of Tokyo. Springer Nature has agreed the largest Transformative Agreement in Japan with 10 institutions participating in an innovative pilot. This will see nearly 900 articles published OA in the coming year, marking a significant step forward to Open Science in the region. [Full Announcement].

November 16, 2022

Springer Nature Extension of partnership with Code Ocean will help Springer Nature authors to better share their code and data. Following a successful trial, Springer Nature is extending its partnership with Code Ocean to better integrate code deposition and peer review with the manuscript submission process. Authors from select Nature portfolio titles will now have the option to share their code and data using the code ocean platform when they submit to one of the participating journals, and receive expert support to do so. [Full Announcement].

Springer Nature Nature authors can now seamlessly share their data. Springer Nature and Figshare announced a new integrated route for data deposition at Nature Portfolio titles to help address this problem and encourage researchers to share data rather than seeing it as a hurdle to article publication. Following the success of the pilot, this streamlined integration is now being extended. Authors submitting to the Nature Portfolio journals, including Nature, in the fields of life, health, chemical and physical sciences will now be able to easily opt into data sharing, via Figshare, as part of one integrated submission process. [Full Announcement].

November 12, 2022

Springer Nature Springer Nature and The Lens partner to accelerate use of science to advance solutions to global challenges. Springer Nature and The Lens announced a major partnership that will give better insights into how academic research and data can accelerate innovative problem solving with economic and social outcomes. By better connecting science, investment and enterprise open data, the partnership aims to provide the insight needed by diverse stakeholders to coordinate their capabilities to deliver evidence-based action for climate change and other global challenges. Through this partnership, The Lens' open knowledge platform of hundreds of millions of patents and publications will be further linked with Springer Nature's database of tens of millions of pieces of scholarly literature. [Full Announcement].

September 22, 2022

Springer Nature Springer Nature Joins PubHive Document Delivery Service. PubHive announced an agreement with Springer Nature to make Springer Nature journal articles available via PubHive's new document delivery service that will launch in the coming months. The agreement will enable PubHive to better serve its growing base of life science corporate customers by providing direct purchasing, fulfillment, copyright royalty payment services, and subscription-related resources for Springer Nature content that is purchased via PubHive Navigator, the company's cloud-based workflow automation platform. [Full Announcement].

September 7, 2022

Springer Nature Success of transformative agreement between Springer Nature and Projekt DEAL means 2019 partnership extended for fourth year. In 2019 Springer Nature and Germany's Projekt DEAL signed what was at the time the world's largest, most comprehensive, transformative agreement. Encompassing 2,500 journals with the expectation of enabling 13,000 articles to be published open access each year, it reflected the commitment of both parties to the principles of open science and advancing the transition to OA. The success of the agreement can be seen in that 97% of affiliated authors with eligible universities and institutions in Germany took advantage of the opportunity to publish their articles OA without needing to pay an APC. In addition, in 2021 the agreement saw over 16,000 (+13% on 2020) new research articles in Springer Nature's fully OA and hybrid journals made freely and openly accessible for scholars everywhere - 60% of all the articles published under DEAL agreements. [Full Announcement].

August 30, 2022

Springer Nature Martin Mos to retire from Springer Nature after nearly 20 years with the company. Marc Spené to join as new Chief Operating Officer. Publishing industry veteran Martin Mos, Chief Operating Officer and Management Board member of Springer Nature, is retiring after 19 years with the company and more than 30 years in the publishing industry. Martin's numerous successes include overseeing the company's digital transformation, the creation of an industry leading technology and production approach and leading the health and professional businesses to commercial success. Martin will be succeeded by Marc Spenlé who will join Springer Nature as Chief Operating Officer and Management Board Member on September 15. Marc, who was previously Chief Digital and Information Officer for Barco NV, brings a wealth of experience from the technology and telecoms industries where he held senior operational roles and led digital transformations working in multiple geographies. [Full Announcement].

July 29, 2022

Springer Nature Springer Nature expands AI-driven digital editing services to books authors and editors for free. Springer Nature has today announced a new pilot with American Journal Experts (AJE)* which will see its AI-driven editing services being made freely available to book authors and editors. It will enable authors to have their manuscripts improved by grammatical errors being corrected as well as improving phrasing and word choice. The service will allow them to spend less time preparing their work for publication and have more time doing the research that drives society forwards. [Full Announcement].

July 27, 2022

Springer Nature Springer Nature and University of California announce first Nature open access agreement in the Americas. Building on the success of their 2020 landmark agreement, Springer Nature and the University of California announce that UC authors will now have the option to publish their research open access (OA) in the prestigious Nature titles. Through an extension of the 2020 deal, UC researchers will receive financial support toward open access publishing costs when publishing in the Nature portfolio, in addition to the titles covered in the original agreement. In 2021, this shared funding model resulted in a three-fold increase in UC open access articles in Springer Nature's portfolio of over 2,200 hybrid journals and over 500 Springer Nature fully OA journals. UC researchers published over 1,300 OA articles in Springer Nature journals in 2021, up from 400 in 2020. UC is now on track for an even greater number of open access articles to be published in 2022 and beyond. [Full Announcement].

April 18, 2022

Springer Nature Springer Nature and Figshare announce pilot to improve data sharing. Springer Nature and Figshare have launched a free pilot to better support authors in making their data openly available. Authors submitting to a number of Nature research journals and Academic Journals will now be able to easily opt into data sharing, via Figshare, as part of one integrated submission process. [Full Announcement].

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