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Berlin / Heidelberg / London / New York, 16 August 2005

Springer strengthens its commitment to freely accessible research literature

Jan Velterop to help expand Open Choice

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Springer has strengthened its commitment to innovation and customer choice by appointing Jan Velterop to the newly created position of Director of Open Access.
In July 2004 Springer launched “Springer Open Choice” a pioneering project which provides an additional publication option to the traditional subscription model. Authors can choose to make their articles freely available worldwide on the Internet, for a fee of 3,000 US dollars. Open Choice is a further development of the Open Access concept which is supported by a section of the scientific community.
Velterop is one of the most prominent figures of the Open Access movement. He will be joining the company from BioMedCentral, an established Open Access biomedical research publisher, where he was Publishing Director.
Derk Haank, Springer’s CEO, comments: “Springer Open Choice has attracted constant attention within the publishing world since its launch. Springer is the first major commercial publisher to provide an Open Access model, making it a pioneer in the industry. We are now taking a further step forward. The appointment of Jan Velterop creates an internal champion for this second component of our publishing policy, making sure Open Access gets the required attention both internally and externally”.
“I am firmly convinced that Open Access publishing represents a powerful way to meet the needs of many authors and readers. It therefore fits in ideally with Springer’s growth strategy”, adds Jan Velterop.
“Open Choice” is an additional publication model which Springer provides for all its 1,250 journals. Consequently, authors can now make their articles available to readers free of charge on the Internet, or publish within the traditional subscription model, where readers pay for the information they use. Open Choice articles are freely accessible for no charge to anyone, at any time, anywhere in the world via SpringerLink, the publisher’s online service. The 3000 US dollar fee covers the costs of Springer’s publishing service – including a parallel printed version of the article in an established journal.
Open Choice articles are identical to those published in the traditional way. They are subject to the same strict scientific peer reviews and also profit from the publisher’s full service – from professional editing, production, and printing to distribution via established global sales channels. Springer also links the articles to all reference systems generally used in international electronic publishing, and provides indexing and abstract services. Both printed and electronic articles remain subject to full copyright protection.
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