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Springer Nature becomes largest publisher to open up all reference lists

6 March 2017: Springer Nature becomes the largest academic publisher to open up reference lists to advance data discovery and reuse, effective as of today. Working closely with Crossref, Springer Nature will make the metadata for reference lists available across all academic books and owned journals (and as an option for society partners.)

The references are available through the Crossref Metadata APIs and Metadata Search including the ‘link references’ tool for matching references to DOIs.    

Steven Inchcoombe, Chief Publishing Officer adds: “From open access, to open data, and now open citations. We will be the largest major publisher to make all our citation metadata freely available through Crossref. This move will make our customers’ lives easier by helping them to mine a large body of references in one go. We want to provide the best possible service to the whole research community, and we see advancing data discovery and reuse as a crucial part of this. ”

The latest move by Springer Nature has been taken with the aim of helping to make mining of databases easier for researchers.

Other ways in which Springer Nature advances data discovery include partnering with Figshare to make the link between research articles and the associated data sets seamless on journal websites – improving readership of and engagement with articles, increasing the discoverability of additional files and providing richer metrics around readership and reuse.

In June 2016 Springer Nature introduced a set of standardised research data policies that can be easily adopted by journals and understood by authors. We developed services to support implementation of the policies and aim to have the most comprehensive and inclusive research data policy of any large publisher; the new data policies now apply across over 600 journals.


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