Springer has recently started SpringerOpen to meet the growing demand for open access journals. SpringerOpen will cover all disciplines within the science, technology and medicine fields. The entire content of our e-only SpringerOpen journals – including research articles, reviews, and editorials – is fully and immediately open access, and is accessible to anyone with an internet connection. Springer is committed to delivering the same high-quality articles and rapid publication as with its traditional journals, from online submission systems and in-depth peer review to an efficient, author-friendly production process. The final articles are not only published in a timely manner on Springer’s online information platform SpringerLink, but are also distributed to archives such as PubMed Central and to institutional repositories as requested.