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May 17, 2018
A new report outlines how Springer Nature has been able to deliver rapid growth in gold open access (OA) articles in the UK. In the five years since the Finch report was produced in 2012, Springer Nature has published nearly 28,000 gold OA articles with a UK corresponding author, according to the report Gold open access in the UK: Springer Nature’s transition.
In 2017, 77% of all Springer Nature publications with UK corresponding authors were published via gold OA, representing a 174% increase in gold OA articles from 2013 to 2017 for this group.
The rapid growth in UK articles published via the gold OA route has been driven by a number of factors:
Steven Inchcoombe, Chief Publishing Officer at Springer Nature, says: “While the UK was already a leader in OA before the Finch report in 2012, this report shows the importance of having partnerships across the research community to make a successful transition to OA. When we change the system with all participants adapting – governments, funding bodies, institutions, authors, and publishers – we see real progress in advancing open research.”
The report concludes that further transition to OA in the UK will require the UK government and research funders to make a long-term commitment to gold OA. It notes that while countries like the UK are leading the way in transitioning to OA, globally the picture is mixed and thus a range of publishing options are likely to continue to be necessary in the longer term.