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November 24, 2020

Springer Nature. Springer Nature announces gold open access options for Nature journals from January 2021. Springer Nature announced that German authors would be able to publish their primary research open access in Nature and the Nature research journals, thanks to a ground-breaking agreement with the Max Planck Digital Library. Whilst highly effective in transitioning articles to open access, transformative agreements like this can be complicated and take time to put in place. In recognition of this, Springer Nature today announces that authors seeking to publish OA in Nature and the Nature research journals will no longer have to wait. [Full Announcement].

October 20, 2020

Springer Nature. German institutions to benefit from first Transformative Agreement for Nature. Springer Nature and the Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) have agreed an approach that will deliver the first ever transformative agreement (TA) for Nature and Nature-branded journals. Building on the nationwide Projekt DEAL agreement concluded last January for Springer Nature journals, the commercial framework agreed with MPDL will now be offered to German institutions, in time for a January 2021 start. The transformative agreement, which will run for four years, enables authors affiliated with participating institutions to publish their research articles accepted for publication in Nature and Nature-branded research journals immediately open access at no cost to them. Participating institutions will also gain read access to the complete Nature portfolio, including Nature Review titles and all forthcoming Nature-branded journals. [Full Announcement].

October 6, 2020

Springer Nature. Springer Nature extends digital flexibility in its new eBook offers. Springer Nature is providing libraries and research institutions with a broader range of choice in how they purchase and access digital book content. Its new eBook solutions will provide librarians in academic and corporate institutions with a range of flexible options to meet individual needs and budgets. In a pioneering move, Springer Nature launched its eBook Collections in 2006, and the publisher is continuously expanding this portfolio. It is currently available for 21 academic disciplines in English language. Using this experience and expertise, Springer Nature has now launched a wider variety of purchasing options for eBooks across its well-established imprints, such as Springer, Palgrave and Apress. [Full Announcement].

September 15, 2020

Springer Nature. Palgrave Macmillan 2020: Celebrating purpose, passion and transformation in HSS publishing. month marks 20 years since Palgrave Macmillan revived the Palgrave name, continuing a long tradition of publishing the leading thinkers in the humanities, social sciences and business. Today, Palgrave Macmillan publishes more than 2,200 books and 50 journals every year and is the leading imprint in Springer Nature's humanities and social science portfolio.Building on an illustrious list of publications across its more than 175 year Macmillan heritage — including The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Keynes's The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, Palgrave's Golden Treasury, The Statesman's Yearbook and The British General Election series — Palgrave Macmillan publishes books, journals and major reference works across a wide spectrum of disciplines, with a focus on promoting interdisciplinarity. [Full Announcement].

September 9, 2020

Springer Nature. Springer Nature and ResearchGate to move forward with long-term content-sharing partnership. Springer Nature and ResearchGate have agreed to move forward with a long-term content syndication partnership starting in Q4 of 2020. This cooperation expands the scope of a two-phase pilot, which began in 2019 and has been evaluated in a white paper. The partnership will enable content delivery of the version-of-record (VoR) articles directly to ResearchGate publication pages. Entitled users will be able to download and read the VoR of articles published in Springer journals from the past five years, and all Nature-branded research journals from the past three years, on ResearchGate; new articles will be made available on a daily basis as they are published. Non-entitled users will be able to access an enhanced abstract of the article on ResearchGate, which includes metadata, abstract, figures and captions and the full first page. By combining Springer Nature's expertise in publishing high-quality research with ResearchGate's online platform for millions of scientists, both organisations aim to deliver an enhanced and seamless experience for the communities they serve. [Full Announcement].

August 25, 2020

Springer Nature. Springer Nature’s Transformative Agreements enable country level transition to open access. As the largest OA publisher of primary research, Springer Nature continues to drive forward the sustainable transition to OA for all authors regardless of discipline. Springer Nature now has 11 national TAs in place, the most out of any publisher. Recent data has shown that across the 8 countries with a national TA live in 2019, between 70%-90% of content [1] was published via gold OA (data takes into account the whole Springer Nature portfolio and therefore includes fully OA content as well). Countries such as Sweden, Finland and Poland have, for example, seen 89%, 90% and 86% respectively, of Springer Nature content now being published gold OA since the introduction of their TAs[2]. The increase in OA demonstrates that in countries where these arrangements are in place, a significant impact on the uptake of OA has occurred, far quicker than when relying on author uptake alone, and this has enabled the country to flip to achieve a near full OA environment for those authors publishing with Springer Nature. [Full Announcement].

December 3, 2019

Springer Nature. SPi Global signs agreement to acquire SPS from Springer Nature Group. SPi Global, the market leading content technology and content solutions enterprise that provides data services and subject matter expertise to multiple industries, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement for the acquisition of Scientific Publishing Services, or SPS, from research and education publisher Springer Nature Group. The transaction is expected to close by the end of December 2019, subject to regulatory approval. [Full Announcement].

April 25, 2018

Springer Nature. Springer Nature acquires medical communications service provider Medidact. Springer Nature announces the acquisition by its Springer Healthcare business of Medidact, part of Van Zuiden Communications – a medical communications agency targeting the Dutch healthcare market. Both companies reached an agreement on 24 April 2018. The acquisition fits perfectly into the strategy of Springer Healthcare Benelux to continue to grow as a leading provider of scientific communications and services. [Full Announcement].

November 14, 2017

Springer Nature. Springer Nature acquires e-learning provider iversity. 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. [Full Announcement].

June 27, 2017

Springer Nature. Derk Haank, Chief Executive Officer to retire and to be succeeded by Daniel Ropers. Derk Haank is to retire from his role as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Springer Nature by the end of 2017. Derk will be succeeded by Daniel Ropers, currently CEO of bol.com, who will join Springer Nature on October 1 and work with Derk until December to ensure a smooth transition. [Full Announcement].

March 16, 2016

Springer Nature. ReadCube acquires Papers from Springer Nature. ReadCube acquired Papers from global academic publisher Springer Nature. Papers is a London-based, reference manager tool which helps researchers find and organize a personal library and cite research literature. The business will be headed by Robert McGrath, CEO at ReadCube. [Full Announcement].

August 5, 2015

Springer Nature. Springer Media acquires Dutch Health Portfolio from Reed Business Netherlands. Springer Media announced the intended acquisition of the Dutch healthcare publishing activities of Reed Business Netherlands. The portfolio consists of Dutch language books, events and magazines for healthcare professionals. [Full Announcement].

July 31, 2015

Springer Nature. Springer Nature expands its humanities portfolio with acquisition of renowned publisher J.B. Metzler. Springer Nature and the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group have agreed that, effective immediately, the Stuttgart-based publishing house J.B. Metzler will become part of Springer Nature. The acquisition follows the recent combination of the majority of Macmillan Science and Education (owned by the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group) with Springer Science+Business Media, to form the new publishing group, Springer Nature. Holtzbrinck holds a 53 percent share in Springer Nature. J.B. Metzler, which was previously part of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, will continue to be based in Stuttgart and will retain the J.B. Metzler brand. [Full Announcement].

April 6, 2015

Springer Nature. SPRINGER NATURE created following merger completion. Key competition authorities including the European Union and the US Department of Justice have cleared the merger of Springer Science+Business Media and the majority of Macmillan Science and Education. The new company will be called Springer Nature. [Full Announcement].

October 15, 2014

Springer Nature. Springer Nature merger to see over 25,000 Palgrave Macmillan titles join SpringerLink and the Springer Book Archives. Palgrave Macmillan and Springer have decided to align their eBook collections, collating all Palgrave Connect eBooks on SpringerLink and adding thousands more to the Springer Book Archives, as a result of the recent combination of Macmillan Science and Education and Springer Science+Business Media to create Springer Nature. Starting with the 2016 collections, all titles that would have been available on Palgrave Connect will be integrated into the Springer eBook collections. As a result, there are now 10 new eBook collections focusing on the humanities, social sciences and business, management and finance disciplines. [Full Announcement].