SpringerPlus FAQs

1. Why is SpringerPlus ceasing publication?

Ultimately, we felt that SpringerPlus covered too wide a range of disciplines, from the natural sciences to engineering and the social sciences. These are very different research communities, with very different needs when submitting or transferring manuscripts, and a one-size-fits-all journal is not the solution.

You can read more in our blog here

2. When will you stop taking submissions and transfers?

We will stop taking new submissions from 13 June and transfers from the end of July 2016. We aim to cease publishing new articles in SpringerPlus in December 2016.

3. I have previously published an article in SpringerPlus, what will happen to my article?

All research published in the journal will be preserved and will continue to be discoverable and accessible on both the SpringerOpen portal and SpringerLink, without limitation.

4. Will my article still appear in the Web of Science and other indices such as Scopus and PubMed?

All content that is published in the journal will continue to be sent to indexing services, including PubMed/PubMed Central, Scopus and Web of Science. Individual articles should continue to be archived and searchable in these services after the journal ceases publication. SpringerPlus continues to be listed in the 2015 Journal Citation Reports with an Impact Factor of 0.982. SpringerPlus should appear in the next three JCR releases, in 2017, 2018, and 2019 (representing 2016, 2017, and 2018 Web of Science data, respectively).

5. I have recently submitted a paper to SpringerPlus, what is going to happen to my manuscript?

There is no need to resubmit your manuscript to another journal as all manuscripts submitted prior to the end of June will be published in SpringerPlus, subject to editorial acceptance. Research published in SpringerPlus will be archived and continue to be discoverable and accessible on both the SpringerOpen portal and SpringerLink, without limitation.

If you would rather transfer your submission to an alternative Springer Nature title without the need to resubmit this paper then you can do this quickly and easily through the Transfer Desk.

6. I have recently had an article accepted into SpringerPlus, will my article still be published in the journal?

The publication of your article will go ahead as planned. As with all research published in SpringerPlus your article will be preserved and continue to be discoverable, citable and accessible on both the SpringerOpen portal and SpringerLink, without limitation.

7. I am peer reviewing a manuscript for SpringerPlus. What should I do?

Please continue to peer review the manuscript as usual. All manuscripts currently in the pipeline will be published subject to editorial acceptance. Once published articles will continue to be preserved and remain readily discoverable, citable and accessible, without limitations.

8. Will back issues of SpringerPlus remain on SpringerLink/SpringerOpen?

Yes. All content will be preserved and remain readily discoverable, citable and accessible without limitations.

9. I was planning on submitting a paper to SpringerPlus, where should I submit my manuscript instead?

There are many other sound science options within the Springer Nature portfolio and we remain committed to finding a home for all sound research across clinical medicine, natural, physical sciences, humanities, and the social sciences. Authors may want to consider submitting to the BMC series (mostly biomedicine, medicine and other life sciences) Scientific Reports (natural sciences) and, if the paper is in a branch of the social sciences, then Palgrave Communications is best placed to publish the article.

For help in finding the most suitable journal for your manuscript, you can also use Springer’s Journal Suggester. Our journal matching technology finds relevant Springer and BioMed Central journals based on your manuscript details.