Springer Science+Business Media has added to its SpringerOpen portfolio with SpringerPlus, the group's first open access journal. SpringerPlus is only available online and will feature interdisciplinary manuscripts describing original research, case studies, and methods. The group is currently accepting papers on "emerging areas of research."
"The journal guarantees a high standard of scientific quality while extending the range of data formats, accepting audiovisual formats, data reports, and extensive tables either as complete articles or part of the paper," Springer reports. The peer review process for SpringerPlus is reportedly organized to expedite publication. "There will be no restrictions on the number of words or figures, and articles detailing statistically negative correlation will be considered," Springer adds.
In the science, technology, and medicine (STM) sector, Springer publishes about 2,000 journals and more than 7,000 new books a year. The group also holds an extensive STM ebook collection.