FAQ about SpringerPlus

  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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Will my published article still appear in 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).

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

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

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

  1. 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.


(Updated June 14, 2016.)




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Scott Epstein

No, ThomsonReuters will still publish and Impact Factor for SpringerPlus.

Scott Epstein

No, ThomsonReuters will still publish an Impact Factor for SpringerPlus.

Oh No!

Does that affect the published papers from being indexed by web of science? I’m found that the latest SpringerPlus paper being collected in web of science is at May 12, while my paper is published at May 22.

Scott Epstein

As I understand it, ThomsonReuters will continue to index the articles in the journal.

Please Clarify The IF Whereabouts in the FAQs - Jan Nyssen

What puzzles me is the fact that you are announcing since almost a year that “SpringerPlus is indexed in SCIE (Web of Science), Scopus and PubMed Central.”
“The first Impact Factor will be announced in June 2016.”
This is in fact an argument that we took into account when selecting your journal to publish our paper.

And now, about when the IF is to come, the journal ceases publication? Does this mean that still a few issues will be published, and that these issues will have an IF? Or that the whole 2015-2016 issues will have an IF? Or no IF at all for any issue?

I think it would be good if you clarify these points, also in the journal’s FAQs.

Scott Epstein

Thanks for your enquiry. The SpringerPlus team has contacted you directly to respond.

Chun-Jing Wang

We would like to inquiry two questions:

1. Our paper has recently been accepted for publication in SpringerPlus. When our paper published in SpringerPlus, will our paper be indexed in SCIE (Web of Science)?

2. Could Springerplus exits? In other words, Springerplus is never open?

Scott Epstein

Yes, your article will still be indexed; and your article will still be published, and still available. Thanks.

Chen Wuing Liu

How about the first impact factor that will be release on June 2016?

Albert Lee

Will the impact factor be cancelled by ThomsonReuters in the future ? Thanks.

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