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Welcome to the June issue of the SpringerOpen Newsletter and thank you for signing up.
In this Newsletter, we would like to provide you with information on the latest developments at SpringerOpen and highlight some open access news.
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SpringerOpen news
Considerable growth of SpringerOpen portfolio
Since its launch in 2010, the SpringerOpen portfolio has grown considerably to 88 journals covering all subject areas. Some of these journals already have Impact Factors.
Click here for a list of all SpringerOpen journals.
Among the latest additions are newly launched journals, including In Silico Pharmacology, as well as existing titles, such as the Critical Ultrasound Journal, that have transferred from the subscription-based to the open access model. We were also happy to announce some new society journals, the most recently launched being Integrating Materials and Manufacturing Innovation (IMMI), a journal affiliated with The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS).
Altmetric donut added to SpringerOpen article pages
Altmetric is a new tool that measures the interest a published article receives online, resulting in a specific score, which is illustrated as a donut.
The Altmetric donut has now been added to the "About" page of those SpringerOpen articles that have been tracked by Altmetric. This supplements the existing article-level measures of impact, article accesses and citations.

Check out this article to see what the donut looks like.
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SpringerOpen journal news
SpringerPlus has published its first articles
In March this year, only two months after its launch, SpringerPlus started publishing its first articles. These articles cover different fields such as Computer Science, Medicine, and the Life Sciences, which underlines the journal's interdisciplinary character.
To find out more about the journal and to read all articles online, visit the SpringerPlus website.
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Open Access interview with Dr. Lee Gillam
What prompted you to publish an open access journal?
The need for an OA journal on Cloud Computing seemed entirely appropriate, given the speed with which the topic had emerged into the mainstream. Cloud Computing is a topic of significant impact and, while it may represent an evolution in technology terms, it is revolutionising the ways in which both academia and industry are thinking and acting. To be able to influence such thinking and acting, the research needs to be “out there” when it is ready, accessible by everyone. The open access model therefore seemed to be a good fit and it was timely that Springer were seeking to expand their range of OA journals at the time.
What is your opinion on open access and what do you think the particular benefits of open access publishing for researchers are?Open Access publishing has a positive impact on the uptake of research and, therefore, to the potential for impact of that research. Ready and free availability of peer-reviewed research to industry, and individual researchers, means that they no longer need to be concerned over the restrictive bindings of subscriptions; this frees them up further to focus on how the research presented is of value to them. The author-pays model may still be unfamiliar for many organizations and may take time for some to adapt fully to, but with at least the UK research funding bodies increasingly encouraging OA, it is likely that such adaptation will need to happen quickly.
Can you tell us a little about your experience with SpringerOpen?Working with Springer in launching the SpringerOpen Journal of Cloud Computing has been a wonderful experience, in large part due to the extensive support provided by Springer. Their pro-active approach to both marketing and submission processing has been highly commendable and invaluable in the early stages of life of the journal, and long may it continue. With the growth of Cloud Computing, and the substantial push towards OA publishing – at least in the UK where it is becoming a requirement of research funding bodies – I look forward to the continued success of our ventures.
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Open Access Membership
Did you know that SpringerOpen runs an Open Access Membership Program, enabling academic and research institutions, societies and funders to actively support open access by covering some or all of the publication costs (article-processing charges) for their individual researchers? Depending on the institutions’ needs different types of Membership are offered. Currently we have over 380 Members from 40 countries.
To find out whether your institution is a Member, click here.
If you think your institution should consider joining our Membership Program, simply fill out this online form to send your recommendation to your head of institution or librarian.
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Open Access News
PEER project backs gold open access
In the PEER (Publishing & the Ecology of European Research) project, publishers and the research community collaborated to investigate the effects of the large-scale, systematic depositing of authors’ final peer-reviewed manuscripts (Green open access). One of the key findings was that gold open access is much more attractive than green open access.
White House open access petition
A "We the People" White House petition went live on May 21, 2012 asking that journal articles arising from taxpayer-funded research be made open access. On June 4, the 25,000 necessary signatures were already achieved, 15 days before the deadline. Now, the White House is required to give an official response.
New quality indicators for open access journals and articles
More and more new methods of measuring the quality of scientific output on an article level are emerging.
Read this article, to find out more about these methods and the role open access plays in that development.
On a journal level, researchers in the Netherlands are developing an international quality test for new open-access journals. For more information, click here.
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In Silico Pharmacology
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Critical Ultrasound Journal
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Watch this video to find out more about SpringerPlus.
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Dr. Lee Gillam
Senior Lecturer, Department of Computing, University of Surrey,
Chartered IT Professional Fellow, British Computing Society (FBCS CITP),
Fellow, UK Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
Editor-in-Chief of the SpringerOpen Journal of Cloud Computing: Advances, Systems and Applications (JoCCASA).
Find out more about
Journal of Cloud Computing.
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New Members
Here are some of the institutions that have joined our Membership Program since January 2012.
  • University of Freiburg, Germany
  • University of Exeter, UK
  • University of Pennsylvania, USA
  • University of Cape Town, South Africa
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Open Access Glossary
In each issue one open access term will be described.
In this issue:
Gold vs Green Open Access

explained by F. Scholze, Library Director of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, in this video.
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