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Springer Nature CEO Sings the Praises of Collaborative and OA Practices

Springer Nature’s CEO, Frank Vrancken Peeters, was scheduled to give the keynote address on Jan. 12 at the 13th annual APE (Academic Publishing in Europe) conference, in which he was set to “call for greater partnership within publishing and the wider research community, pointing to the benefits such engagement has delivered over the past year during the coronavirus pandemic.”

A Springer Nature press release notes that during the address, “he will provide evidence and data gathered over the past year to set out the need for a collaborative approach by research publishers in order for the benefits offered by open science to be fully realised—one which has partnership, collaboration, open access and transparency at its heart.”

Per the press release, the benefits of the partnerships Springer Nature has entered into include the following:

  • Delivering increased publishing options to researchers and enabled the transition to OA at scale by Transformative Agreements with the likes of Projekt DEAL and the University of California
  • Improving access and discoverability of research through partnerships such as that with ResearchGate for content syndication and being founding members of cross-publisher initiatives like Crossref and Get FTR
  • Enhancing understanding of the societal impact of open research by working with data specialists like Digital Science and institutions and consortia such as VSNU and UKB in the Netherlands 
  • Demonstrating the importance of research to making progress on the Sustainable Development Goals by partnering with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network on a high-level global virtual conference that connected almost 1000 researchers, experts working alongside UN officials, government representatives, civil society leaders and policymakers.

For more information, read the press release.



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