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Gold open access research has greater societal impact -

What impact does open research have on society and progressing global societal challenges? The latest results of research carried-out between Springer Nature, the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) and the Dutch University Libraries and the National Library consortium (UKB), illustrates a substantial advantage for content published via the Gold open access (OA) route where research is immediately and freely accessible.

Since the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were launched in 2015, researchers, their funders and other collaborative partnerships have sought to explore the impact and contribution of open research on SDG development. However, it has been challenging to map, and therefore identify, emerging trends and best practice for the research and wider community. Through a bibliometric analysis of nearly 360,000 documents published in 2017 and a survey of nearly 6,000 readers on Springer Nature websites, the new white paper, Open for All, Exploring the Reach of Open Access Content to Non-Academic Audiences shows not only the effects of content being published OA but more importantly who that research is reaching.

Key findings in the research involves: Research to support the SDGs and published Gold OA is used more and receives greater attention; OA significantly benefits non-academic audiences and is reaching a substantial number of user groups outside of academia; and Non-academic audiences are more likely to share findings.

The full report can be read at https://www.springernature.com/gp/researchers/sdg-impact#c17324764 and the associated data can be accessed as part of the interactive dashboard.

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