Springer Nature: Hybrid Journals in Transformative Agreements

How open are Springer Nature’s hybrid journals included in transformative agreements, as listed by the cOAlition S Journal Checker Tool? You can analyse progress made over time by open license, publisher and country. You can also monitor the availability of publisher-provided metadata in Crossref.

The share of Open Access articles with a Creative Commons license in 2,521 hybrid journals is as follows:

2017-2024

Global Germany*
12.4% 39.8%
292K out of 2.35M 48K out of 121K

2023

Global Germany*
17.6% 65%
60K out of 339K 10K out of 16K

*Journal articles from lead authors based in Germany. Country affiliation data derived from OpenAlex.

Creative Commons licenses over time

Percentage of Open Access in Springer Nature hybrid journals included in transformative agreements by Creative Commons license types as provided by Crossref.

*Journal articles from lead authors based in Germany. Country affiliation data derived from OpenAlex.

Publishing market

Hybrid journal portfolio analysis, showing publishing market shares in terms of total and Open Access article volume. Dashed lines represent median OA percentage (red) and median publication output (orange). Note that only hybrid journals included in transformative agreements are shown.

*Journal articles from lead authors based in Germany. Country affiliation data derived from OpenAlex.

Country view

This section shows how hybrid open access has been adopted in different parts of the world. The analysis is based on the country affiliation of lead authors. Lead authors are the first named authors of scholarly articles, who have typically conducted most of the research presented in the article, although the role of lead authors can vary across disciplines. We used OpenAlex as a data source to determine the affiliation of lead authors.

Open Access in hybrid journals by country

Open Access uptake in hybrid journals with a Creative Commons license per country. Showing the Top 20 most productive countries in terms of articles published in Springer Nature hybrid journals included in transformative agreements between 2017 and 2024. The analysis is based on lead author country affiliations.

Country league

Publication volume and Open Access share per country in Springer Nature hybrid journals included in transformative agreements. You can search for specific countries, and filter by publisher and publication year. The analysis is based on country-affiliations of lead authors.