Research outputs from over 300 BioMed Central and SpringerOpen journals will be showcased on Figshare

15th December 2016: London, UK and New York, USA  — Figshare, an online digital repository for academic research, today announced a new partnership with Springer Nature to support BioMed Central and SpringerOpen authors who wish to openly share their supplementary data.

Figshare are now hosting additional files from more than 300 BioMed Central and SpringerOpen journals. This new service to authors and readers will:

  • Improve the online display of articles
  • Improve readership of and engagement with published articles
  • Increase the discoverability of additional files (and articles)
  • Provide richer, more specific metrics about the readership and reuse of additional files
  • Assign each additional file a unique Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
  • Provide each journal with its own portal within Springer Nature’s Figshare repository, giving each journal its own data repository (example from Genome Biology here)

Iain Hrynaszkiewicz, Head of Data Publishing, Springer Nature said: “We want to enable all of our authors and editors to publish the best research and promote wider access to data and materials that support publications. To help achieve this we have introduced enhanced display and discovery of supplementary materials, in partnership with Figshare, starting with BioMed Central and SpringerOpen journal articles. This is part of Springer Nature’s commitment to open research, enabling public accessibility and reuse of research through innovative policies, services and content features.”

Springer Nature have embarked on this partnership with Figshare to integrate data sharing within existing journal workflows and article publication.

Mark Hahnel, CEO of Figshare said: “Springer Nature and BioMed Central are innovators in research data sharing and publishing, enabling researchers to make their data discoverable and reusable with industry-leading work on data policies, data journals, data licensing and support for data citation. Springer Nature is also one the largest research publishers and so I’m thrilled that so many researchers will benefit from better discoverability and reuse of their research data by the introduction of Figshare technology, starting with BioMed Central and SpringerOpen journals.”


fig-snArticles published in SpringerOpen and BioMed Central journals now show a widget for previewing and browsing additional files, enabling readers to see enhanced content in line with the article in the same browser window.


About Figshare

Figshare is a web-based platform to help academic institutions manage, disseminate and measure the public attention of all their research outputs. The light-touch and user-friendly approach focuses on four key areas: research data management, reporting and statistics, research data dissemination and administrative control. Figshare works with institutions in North America and internationally to help them meet key funder recommendations and to provide world-leading tools to support an open culture of data sharing and collaboration. For more information, visit and follow @figshare on Twitter.

About Digital Science

Digital Science is a technology company serving the needs of scientific and research communities, at the laboratory bench or in a research setting. It invests in and incubates scientific software companies that simplify the research cycle, making more time for discovery. Its portfolio companies include a host of leading and admired brands including Altmetric, BioRAFT, Figshare, Labguru, Overleaf, ReadCube, Symplectic and ÜberResearch. It is operated by global media company, the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group.

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About Springer Nature

Springer Nature is a leading global research, educational and professional publisher, home to an array of respected and trusted brands providing quality content through a range of innovative products and services. Springer Nature is the world’s largest academic book publisher, publisher of the world’s most influential journals and a pioneer in the field of open research. The company numbers almost 13,000 staff in over 50 countries. Springer Nature was formed in 2015 through the merger of Nature Publishing Group, Palgrave Macmillan, Macmillan Education and Springer Science+Business Media.

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About BioMed Central

BioMed Central is an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher which has pioneered the open access publishing model. All peer-reviewed research articles published by BioMed Central are made immediately and freely accessible online, and are licensed to allow redistribution and reuse. BioMed Central is part of Springer Nature.

About SpringerOpen journals

SpringerOpen, launched in June 2010, includes Springer’s portfolio of 200+ peer-reviewed fully open access journals across all areas of science.