Exciting Development in Open Access Publishing: SpringerOpen

Springer Science+Business Media one of the world's largest Scientific, Technical and Medical (STM) publishers announced, on June 28, 2010, a significant expansion of its open access publishing activity with the launch of SpringerOpen, a new series of open access journals that will span all STM disciplines. Articles published in SpringerOpen journals will be freely and immediately accessible online, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. BioMed Central, acquired in 2008 by Springer, will provide its expertise and technology to help establish the SpringerOpen portfolio. Per BioMed Central’s blog on this development:

BioMed Central’s open access publishing expertise and technology will be used by Springer to launch this new series of titles, which will extend the benefits of open access publishing to authors and readers across all disciplines. BioMed Central’s Open Access Membership scheme, offered to institutions, societies, funders and corporations, will be extended to include the SpringerOpen titles. Articles published in SpringerOpen journals will also be sent automatically to participating institutional repositories via BioMed Central's automated SWORD deposit mechanism.

The SpringerOpen journals will complement Springer's existing titles and BioMed Central’s growing portfolio of 200+ open access journals in medicine and life science. The first SpringerOpen journals, which will open for submissions shortly, are:

  • Planetary Science
  • Global Energy
  • Journal of Mathematical Neuroscience
  • Health Economics Review
  • Journal of Mathematics in Industry
  • Journal of Remanufacturing
  • Environmental Sciences Europe
  • Security and Intelligence Informatics
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology Express
  • Bulletin of Mathematical Sciences
  • Gold Bulletin
  • Psychology and Well-Being Research