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Springer Nature continues open research drive with acquisition of protocols.io

Platform provides authors with secure space for enhanced scientific collaboration  

London | Berlin | New York, 26th  July 2023

Springer Nature, the world’s leading publisher of protocols, has acquired protocols.io - a secure platform for developing and sharing reproducible methods.

Scientific advancement depends on data credibility and work that can be verified, built upon and reproduced. Sharing  all elements of research, including data, methods and materials, and even negative results, makes research more  efficient, enables reproducibility and therefore builds trust in science. Studies show that lack of awareness of existing work or negative results leads to unnecessary duplication and could waste up to €26 billion in Europe alone. 

By laying out detailed step-by-step instructions for research methods, aiming to standardise the process, ensure accuracy of results and enabling research to be reproduced, protocols have a vital role to play in addressing this. With protocols.io joining Springer Nature’s leading protocol offering, researchers will now have the option to make their protocols openly available on the protocols.io platform (fully OA)  as well as publishing them in peer-reviewed publications (searchable via the Springer Nature Experiments). 

Commenting, Harsh Jegadeesan, Chief Publishing Officer Springer Nature, said: 

“Springer Nature's commitment to open research shines through with our leadership in open access in all aspects of research, including data, code, and protocols. With protocols.io on board, we're driving forward an open, more reproducible research ecosystem that accelerates solutions to the world´s most urgent challenges”

Founded in 2012 protocols.io has gained a trusted reputation as an innovator within the protocols and methods space, providing a secure platform for scientific collaboration outside of traditional protocols and methods workflows. Alongside its offering for hosting protocols, researchers also benefit from the ability to write and share methods, within the platform, supporting greater collaboration and enabling more efficient, and effective, workflows. 

protocols.io will form part of Springer Nature’s expanding Solutions business which is committed to providing researchers, and their institutions, with a comprehensive suite of tools and services designed to bolster their success, enhance their impact, and boost productivity. 

Lenny Teytelman, CEO and co-founder of protocols.io, added:

“Springer Nature has a long history of innovation and leadership in the area of promoting protocol-sharing and recognition for method development. Our 2021 partnership with Springer Nature underscored a strong alignment and a common vision between our companies in this area. The collaboration also highlighted a shared commitment towards open research and further innovation in protocol sharing. We are very proud to be joining Springer Nature, taking advantage of their expertise and scale in the protocols space, but also now collaboratively building on ways in which we can bring high quality methods to help the research community facilitate discussion, revision, optimization, and reuse. We are excited to expand our offering as part of a global publisher and to continue improving protocols.io, so that scientists and their research can benefit further from access to dynamic and interactive protocols.”

In 2022 Springer Nature published over 154,000 OA articles, with nearly 6000 protocols,  and supported over 2.5million authors in publishing their work OA. More on its commitment to open research can be read here and in its latest annual progress report.

Springer Nature Experiments contains the largest collection of protocols and methods for the life sciences published in renowned publications such as Methods in Molecular Biology as well as Nature Methods and Nature Protocols, which also offer hybrid OA publishing options.

About Springer Nature

For over 180 years Springer Nature has been advancing discovery by providing the best possible service to the whole research community. We help researchers uncover new ideas, make sure all the research we publish is significant, robust and stands up to objective scrutiny, that it reaches all relevant audiences in the best possible format, and can be discovered, accessed, used, re-used and shared. We support librarians and institutions with innovations in technology and data; and provide quality publishing support to societies. 

As a research publisher, Springer Nature is home to trusted brands including Springer, Nature Portfolio, BMC, Palgrave Macmillan and Scientific American. For more information, please visit springernature.com and @SpringerNature

About protocols.io

protocols.io was conceived in 2012 by geneticist Lenny Teytelman, and computer scientists Alexei Stoliartchouk and Irinia Makkaveeva to facilitate science communication and rapid sharing of knowledge. The protocols.io platform enables academic and industry researchers to record and share detailed up to date methods for research. The company is in Berkeley, California. More information is available at www.protocols.io.


Katie Baker | Communications | Springer Nature