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Springer Nature launches a pilot with PaperHive

New partnership offers students collaborative reading using in-document discussions and rich-media annotations on selected books and textbooks



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Springer Nature has launched a one-year pilot with PaperHive, a market-leading annotation system and copyright-compliant collaborative research platform. The partnership focuses on increasing reader engagement of university students with academic literature in various fields including biomedicine, mathematics, physics, and chemistry. The pilot phase comprises books and textbooks from Springer and Springer Spektrum, the leading publisher for classical and digital educational media in the field of natural sciences and mathematics in the German-speaking region.

PaperHive's annotation, group conversation and sharing capabilities will be enabled for book and textbooks titles. Students and tutors will be able to discuss, ask and answer questions, solve text-specific exercises, share opinions and ideas in the margins of the selected titles.

Dr. Martijn Roelandse, Head of Publishing Innovation at Springer Nature: "For us to fully support our readers, it is essential to offer them both excellent content, and the right tools to uncover its potential. PaperHive is a great way to spark students' curiosity, increase the exchange among them, and improve their learning outcomes. Every discussion by fellow students, tutors, or learners from other institutions using the same texts is a powerful incentive to return to the textbook for studying it in depth. Following our acquisition of iversity, this pilot further strengthens our commitment to provide new innovative solutions which address the needs of students and teachers alike and help them advance discovery. "

Dr. André Gaul, CEO of PaperHive: "We are delighted to start a pilot with Springer Nature. It highlights their dedication to innovation and to keeping scholarly communication and collaboration alive. Teaming up with them is an excellent opportunity to respond to the emerging needs of readers - both students, and researchers."

Springer Nature advances discovery by publishing robust and insightful research, supporting the development of new areas of knowledge, making ideas and information accessible around the world, and leading the way on open access. Key to this is our ability to provide the best possible service to the whole research community: helping authors to share their discoveries; enabling researchers to find, access and understand the work of others; supporting librarians and institutions with innovations in technology and data; and providing quality publishing support to societies.


As a research publisher, Springer Nature is home to trusted brands including Springer, Nature Research, BMC, Palgrave Macmillan and Scientific American. Springer Nature is also a leading educational and professional publisher, providing quality content through a range of innovative platforms, products and services. Every day, around the globe, our imprints, books, journals and resources reach millions of people. For more information, please visit and @SpringerNature.

PaperHive is a cross-publisher collaborative research platform enabling citable in-document discussions of academic texts. The platform transforms reading from an isolated activity into a process of active collaboration, helping researchers and students communicate. PaperHive is used in e-learning, proofreading, post-publication peer review, publishers' marketing campaigns. For more information, please visit

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