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Springer announces impact factor increases for 2011

Journal Citation Reports lists 62 new additions from the Springer portfolio, 19 of them open-access journals


Springer Science+Business Media, a leading global scientific publisher, reports significant increases in impact factors throughout its journal portfolio, according to the 2011 Journal Citation Reports® (JCR), published by Thomson Reuters. A total of 62 Springer journals earned their first impact factor this year, bringing the number of journals Springer now has in the database to 1,469. In 2011, 54 percent of all Springer journals increased their impact factor and 76 percent were cited more frequently.

Added to the JCR were 19 new open access journals from BioMed Central, part of the Springer group. The total number of Springer open access journals with an impact factor has now reached 137, which reflects approximately 10 percent of the total number of Springer journals listed in the database.

"Two-thirds of Springer's English-language journals are included in the JCR, which is a strong indicator of the quality of our publications. In 2011 almost one-third of all Springer journals, including those from BioMed Central, carrying a new impact factor were open access publications. These results strengthen and confirm our commitment to offer the scientific community a variety of first-class publishing options. This strong trend underscores that peer-reviewed open access publications represent a further valuable and sustainable option in our journal portfolio," said Peter Hendriks, Springer's President STM Global Publishing & Marketing.


Springer Science+Business Media ( is a leading global scientific 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 the automotive, transport and healthcare sectors. Roughly 2,000 journals and more than 7,000 new books are published by Springer each year, and the group is home to the world's largest STM eBook collection, as well as the most comprehensive portfolio of open access journals. Springer employs nearly 6,200 individuals across the globe and in 2011 generated sales of approximately EUR 875 million.

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