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.

As a research publisher, Springer Nature is home to trusted brands including Springer, Nature Research, BioMed Central, Palgrave Macmillan and Scientific American. Springer Nature provides quality educational content through a range of innovative platforms, products and services.

Analysis & Key Developments


Due to the merger and subsequent integration process between Springer and Nature publishing organizations, financial information for 2015 and 2016 cannot be compared in any meaningful way.

Internal Organization

SpringerNature CEO Derek Haank (formerly Springer’s CEO), will hand over the leadership position of the group to Daniel Ropers, previously CEO of the Dutch online book retail platform bol.com.

Change in Ownership

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


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


In 2017, SpringerNature introduced the Linked Open Data offering SciGraph, which aggregates data sources from Springer Nature and key partners from the scholarly domain. The Linked Open Data platform collates information from across the research landscape, such as funders, research projects, conferences, affiliations and publications.

SpringerNature offers a personal content sharing initiative for non-commercial use through free, sharable links, which will be extended to all of the group’s primary research journals.

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