Celebration of International Nelson Mandela Day

Free access to content in disciplines spanning Springer’s portfolio honors “Madiba”

New York | Heidelberg, 15 July 2014

Each year on July 18 the international community honors the life, work and accomplishments of Nelson Mandela on International Nelson Mandela Day. This year Springer is proud to join a roster of international organizations in this celebration.

To do its part in observance of this occasion – the fifth year of International Nelson Mandela Day – Springer has opened 50 of its highest rated articles (according to Altmetric data) in disciplines that focus on Mandela’s values, and the subjects of his life’s work. These disciplines include Economics, Education, Human Rights, Political Science and Public Health. Springer has created a landing page for these efforts at www.springer.com/mandela, where users can access these articles and read more about Springer’s participation. The articles will remain open until July 31, 2014.

International Nelson Mandela Day was established on July 18, 2009 to coincide with Mandela’s birthday, and has since had one simple goal – to help change the world for the better. The day has grown into more than simply a celebration of “Madiba’s” life and legacy, and is now a call to continue his work to improve the lives of people everywhere.

“Springer is dedicated to its work of helping propel scientific progress forward, which ultimately has a tremendous, positive effect on peoples’ lives everywhere,” said Saskia Hoving, Product Marketing Manager at Springer. Unique Scott-Rhudd, also a Product Marketing Manager for Springer, continued, “We are delighted to participate in the celebration of International Nelson Mandela Day, and to offer this content which dovetails perfectly with the lasting work of this humanitarian hero.”

Springer Science+Business Media (www.springer.com) is a leading global scientific, technical and medical publisher, providing researchers in academia, scientific institutions and corporate R&D departments with quality content via innovative information products and services. Springer is also a trusted local-language publisher in Europe – especially in Germany and the Netherlands – primarily for physicians and professionals working in healthcare and road safety education. Springer published roughly 2,200 English-language journals and more than 8,400 new books in 2013, and the group is home to the world’s largest STM eBook collection, as well as the most comprehensive portfolio of open access journals. In 2013, Springer Science+Business Media generated sales of approximately EUR 943 million. The group employs more than 7,000 individuals across the globe.

Further Information:

About the International Nelson Mandela Day

Contact:

 Alexander K. Brown