|Type||Privately held Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien with an Aktiengesellschaft as general partner|
|Headquarters||London, UK (global) |
Berlin, Germany (corporate)
New York City, USA (sales)
|Revenue||US$1.72 billion (2019)|
|Owners||Holtzbrinck Publishing Group (53%)|
BC Partners (47%)
Number of employees
Springer Nature is an English-German academic publishing company created by the May 2015 merger of Springer Science+Business Media and Holtzbrinck Publishing Group's Nature Publishing Group, Palgrave Macmillan, and Macmillan Education. The company made revenues of EUR1.72 billion in 2019.
Springer Nature was formed in 2015 by the merger of Nature Publishing Group, Palgrave Macmillan and Macmillan Education (held by Holtzbrinck Publishing Group) with Springer Science+Business Media (held by BC Partners). Plans for the merger were first announced on 15 January 2015. The transaction was concluded in May 2015 with Holtzbrinck having the majority 53% share.
The company originates from a number of journals and publishing houses, notably Springer-Verlag, which was founded in 1842 by Julius Springer in Berlin (the grandfather of Bernhard Springer who founded Springer Publishing in 1950 in New York),Nature Publishing Group which publishes Nature since 1869, and Macmillan Education, which goes back to Macmillan Publishers founded in 1843.
After the merger, former Springer Science+Business Media CEO Derk Haank became CEO of Springer Nature. When he retired by the end of 2017, he was succeeded by Daniel Ropers, the co-founder and long-time CEO of bol.com. In September 2019, Ropers was replaced by Frank Vrancken Peeters.
IPO attempts in May 2018 and Autumn 2020 were unfruitful due to unfavourable market conditions.
In 2017, the company agreed to block access to hundreds of articles on its Chinese site, cutting off access to articles on Tibet, Taiwan, and China's political elite.
The company retracted a paper in 2019, in its journal BMC Emergency Medicine due to dubious peer-review process (a herpetologist could have denied the publication of the paper). 
In August 2020, Springer Nature was reported to have rejected the publication of an article at the behest of its co-publisher, Wenzhou Medical University, from a Taiwanese doctor because the word "China" was not placed after "Taiwan."
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