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In this, our first progress report, we’re sharing highlights from across our business: how we’re investing to support our communities and delivering on our mission to open doors to discovery.


For more than 20 years, Springer Nature has pioneered open access, making ever more of our journals and books free to read online. In 2021, we published our one millionth open access article, an industry first. We’re proud of the progress we’re making towards an open science future.


The lifelong journey of discovery – learning, being inspired, using knowledge to solve problems and leave the world in a better state – is part of what makes us human.

Springer Nature’s four business segments span this journey. For more on how they deliver for their customers and communities, click through to our progress report.





Our sense of purpose, which we call opening doors to discovery, is something you can feel when working in any of our offices, anywhere in the world, because it is driven by our colleagues.


Chief Executive Officer


We provide the culture and environment for our talented people to do brilliant and rewarding work, treating them with fairness and respect and supporting their needs so that they can achieve their potential.

The climate emergency is one of the scientific and social issues that we’re dedicated to covering, to help people better understand the challenge we’re up against, and the most promising solutions. Our publication and our publisher, Springer Nature Group, take this responsibility very seriously.

Laura Helmuth

Editor in Chief Scientific American

Our goal is to shine a light on science in Africa and the scientists contributing to solving local and global problems whilst promoting scientific exchange across the continent.

Akinlabi Kazeem Jimoh

Chief Editor, Nature Africa

Sunny Menchu
Business Systems, Pune, India

By supporting an increasing number of regions on their path to a fully OA environment, we continue to deepen our commitment to a truly open science future.

Dagmar Laging

Vice President, Institutional Sales Europe

As a member and co-founder of the SN Disability and Neurodiversity Network who lives with cerebral palsy, I am delighted to see Springer Nature make the ‘Valuable 500’ commitment.

Leo Johnson

Anti-Piracy Investigations Manager

Rohan Subhedar
Senior Video Editor, Pune, India

Connecting with female role models who have broken barriers in their own fields has truly been empowering and has encouraged me to consider how I can contribute in my own environment.

Petty Charavitsidou

Journals Product Manager and member of the SN Women Global Committee

We have more than 9,000 employees around the world, and 1,400+ are members of our employee networks.



We’re a source of trusted information published through our platforms;
our content has extensive reach; and we invest to support our communities.

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  1. 2021 figures, except where otherwise stated.
  2. Total item requests, using COUNTER 5 code of practice, journal articles and book chapters.
  3. Springer Nature offers the best value to authors when comparing average cost to the customer per article use.
    For fully OA journals, the average cost per use is €0.24 per download, around 30% lower than the nearest pure OA competitor.
  4. Includes IT-related operational spend.


Our strong performance allows us to invest in the latest technologies to deliver better products, services and solutions. The aim is to create a faster, more efficient and user-friendly publishing workflow system, providing a superior user experience for authors, editors, peer reviewers and all those involved in the publishing process.
€120m product and technology investment
We’re also making
additional investments
in our people, and in
our external editorial
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It is our goal, year on year, to realise stable, profitable growth and long-term value for all our stakeholders, in a sustainable way.

Chief Financial Officer

Research published by Springer Nature is used, shared and built upon by others more and more each year, enabling the research community to collaborate to develop solutions to the world’s biggest challenges.

Total downloads more than doubled
Average citations per article up by 60%
OA citations up 50%
  1. Total item requests, using COUNTER 5 code of practice.
  2. Digital Science, Dimensions. Article citations in publication year and year-after publication year. Excludes 2021 articles as 2022 citations not yet complete.
  3. Includes articles in transformative and fully OA journals.

Citations per fully OA article, top eight publishers1

Average citations per article

  1. Digital Science, Dimensions, fully OA articles published in 2020 with average citations in 2020 and 2021 per article. Chart taken from Springer Nature Advancing OA report, available at fullyopen.springernature.com.


We are the most comprehensive OA research publisher, offering the option to publish articles OA in all our journals, across all academic disciplines. Our OA authors benefit from the highest levels of service, and their work has greater influence because of increased downloads and citations.

OA in Numbers1


of our content was published OA


OA growth in transformative journals


of our OA articles were in fully OA journals


citations per article published in 2020
  1. 1. 2021 figures except where otherwise stated.
  2. 2. Includes content published in fully OA and transformative journals (TJs).

Citations per open access article grew by 50% in 2017-2020²

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For more than 150 years, our flagship title Nature has been one of the world’s most prestigious and widely read academic journals. Together with the Nature-branded research journals, it publishes the finest peer-reviewed research in all fields of science and technology on the basis of its originality, importance and interdisciplinary interest. Nature also provides rapid, authoritative, insightful and arresting news and interpretation of topical and coming trends affecting science, scientists and the wider public.

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Papers in Nature-branded research journals are cited around 17 times more and downloaded by institutional users around 27 times more than papers in typical journals.

Every day, 288 highly qualified specialist staff – including 200+ PhD trained editors – work on the creation of Nature and the Nature-branded research journals’ exceptional scientific content.

People look to scientists for news they can trust. At Springer Nature, we see it as our responsibility to combat falsehoods and ensure accurate understanding of the facts.


Standing up for science and scientific reasoning is increasingly important as we battle a growing tide of misinformation.

Group Head of Corporate Affairs

We’ve launched new campaigns to help take science to a wider audience.

Weve launched new campaigns to help take science to a wider audience

In 2021, Nature’s multimedia team won several prestigious awards.

In 2021 Nature’s multimedia team won several prestigious awards

Investing in our people and in our communities

New teams to engage more with external editors and investing behind initiatives to make their lives easier.

Learn about our people

Ramping up our sustainability programmes and increasing investment in energy-saving initiatives and education.

How we prioritise sustainability

Championing diversity, equity, and inclusion in our communities, with improved data processes so we can monitor our progress.

Our efforts on DEI