Society & Partner Zone Issue 21

Spotlight Korea: Introducing Society Journals from Korea

Springer's Korean publishing program includes 45 journals, 6 of which are open access, that showcase the work from one of the strongest nations in the world when it comes to research output. Published in collaboration with societies in Korea, the journals span biomedical science, chemistry, physics, engineering, computational sciences, earth sciences, education, food sciences, life sciences, materials, medicine and public health and service science.

Partners that collaborated in the program include The Pharmaceutical Society of Korea; Institute of Control, Robotics and Systems; The Korean Institute of Electrical Engineers; The Korean Society of Oceanography; The Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology; The Education Research Institute at the Seoul National University; The Korean Society for Precision Engineering; The Korean Society of Food Science and Technology; The Korean Society of Nuclear Medicine; The Korean Physical Society; and The Society of Service Science.

To celebrate the launch of these titles, Springer has created a campaign page which provides interesting facts on open access in Korea, features interviews with two Editors in Chief, Professor Sunghoon Park, Editor-in-Chief of Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering and Professor Haecheon Choi, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Mechanical Science and Technology plus information on resources for authors.

Did you know that…?

  • Open Access Korea (OAK) statistics show that the most submissions to open access repositories come from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), the Yonsei University Library, and the Seoul National University.
  • Korea currently ranks among the top 40 countries in the world for publishing open access, according to the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) (
  • The most common mistakes in submitting manuscripts include failure to clearly describe the current state of the topic and suggest proper hypotheses which the work is aiming to prove, poor introductions to the research and failure to properly edit and proof a manuscript so that it meets the minimum standard before submission.
  • In 2000, Korean authors published 1,651 articles in Springer journals, but by 2013 this number has risen to 9,622.
  • Overall, Korean authors have written more than 92,000 articles and/or books published by Springer or BioMed Central.

Spotlight on Korea