Springer journals increase impact factors in 2014

Over one third of Springer’s open access journals now listed in 2015 Journal Citation Reports®

New York | Heidelberg, 30 June 2015

The Journal Citation Reports 2015® (JCR), recently released by Thomson Reuters, lists a total of 1,595 Springer journals, with 37 Springer journals joining the list for the first time. Significantly, in 2014, 82 percent of the Springer journals in the list were cited more frequently than in the previous year. Well over one half (57 percent) of Springer journals increased their impact factor in 2014 over the 2013 figure.

The open access journals in Springer’s portfolio, which includes BioMed Central, fared particularly well. Thirteen open access journals received their first impact factor, bringing the total of Springer open access journals in the JCR to 202. This is over one third (36 percent) of Springer’s 566 open access journals. Springer is a leader in open access publishing, helping to enhance the scope, availability and quality of peer-reviewed research conducted worldwide.

Heinz Weinheimer, Managing Director Springer Research Group, said, “We are proud of the ever increasing number of our journals which have received an impact factor. On the one hand, it identifies Springer as a publisher that is committed to the highest scientific quality and, on the other, shows that we provide a publishing home for new journals dealing with novel, innovative topics. I am especially happy about the positive development of our open access journals and the fact that our journal SpringerPlus, which covers a broad spectrum of topics, has been accepted for indexing by Web Of Science JCR and SCI and will receive the first impact factor in 2016.”

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 2,400 English-language journals and more than 9,000 new books in 2014, 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 2014, Springer Science+Business Media generated sales of approximately EUR 959 million. The group employs some 8,500 individuals across the globe. 

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