(17 Nov 2021) Springer Nature published a white paper entitled, “Going for Gold”. The paper presents an analysis of a subset of their articles comparing the usage across closed access, open access (OA) via the Springer Nature platform, and open access through repositories. The paper concludes that “there is an ‘OA effect’ which sees OA articles in hybrid journals achieving greater impact, usage and reach than comparative non-OA articles” and goes on to assert that “there is no significant corresponding ‘Green OA effect’”.
Despite Springer Nature’s stated commitment to scientific rigour and reproducibility in their journals, this white paper does not live up to those standards.
Read more about what COAR has to say here.