« A new report outlines how Springer Nature has been able to deliver rapid growth in gold open access (OA) articles in the UK. (…)
The rapid growth in UK articles published via the gold OA route has been driven by a number of factors:
1. A strong uptake of both fully OA and hybrid OA journals at Springer Nature. (…)
2. The Springer Compact agreement which has made gold OA publication a simple option for UK authors in disciplines where gold OA publication has traditionally been more challenging. (…)
3. A collaborative environment in the UK, which sees support from government and institutions for OA, funders who have developed policies in support of OA and provided the funds necessary for article processing charges (APCs), authors who are willing to publish via OA, and a publisher providing authors with a range of publishing options and effective workflows. (…)
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.