Springer Nature is a leading global research, educational and professional publisher. The company was formed by the merger of Nature Publishing Group, Palgrave Macmillan, Macmillan Education and Springer Science+Business Media in 2015, and maintains a staff of 13,000 in over 50 countries.

Springer Nature publishes the world’s most influential journals including Nature, which gave the new company its name. Springer Nature is the world’s largest academic book publisher, combining Springer’s strength in STM and e-books with Palgrave’s strength in humanities and social sciences. Springer Nature is also a pioneer in the field of open research, with more than 56,000 open access articles published in 2015.

Macmillan Education supports students, instructors and institutions through a lifetime of learning, and operates in five key areas: language learning, schools’ curriculum and Spanish curriculum, higher education and training and support.

Springer Nature is also one of the leading professional information providers in Europe. The main business areas are Springer Healthcare, a leading medical communications and education provider, and the professional publishing brands in the areas of medicine, transport, business and engineering.

Analysis & Key Developments


The consolidated accounts include revenue from Macmillan Science and Education from May to December 2015 only. Due to the merger in 2015, figures are not comparable to previous years.

The share of revenue by division is 62% from Research, 19% from Education and 19% from Professional.

Internal Organization

Change in Ownership

In January 2015, Holtzbrinck Publishing Group and BC Partners agreed to the merger of Springer Science+Business Media in its entirety with the majority of Macmillan Science and Education. The merger was completed in May 2015.


In July 2015, Springer Nature acquired the renowned German humanities publisher J.B. Metzler from the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group.

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