About this blog

Open access across all the disciplines; here you’ll find highlights and opinions on the best research SpringerOpen publishes, as well as insights and perspectives on open access publishing (especially in the disciplines beyond biology and medicine).

The staff writes most posts, but we will also host commentary from Editors, Editorial Board Members, and other special guests.


  • Ana Valente

    Author profile image Ana studied astrophysics and cosmology at the universities of Porto and Heidelberg. She joined Springer Nature in 2016 as development editor of open-access journals in physical sciences.

  • Ben Johnson

  • Erica Gordon-Mallin

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  • mariusjung

  • Matthew Smyllie

    Author profile image Matthew holds an MChem in Chemistry from the University of Sheffield and an MSc in Forensic Medical Sciences from Queen Mary, University of London. Working in scientific publishing since 2010, Matthew joined Springer Nature in July 2015 as a Journal Development Editor. Originally hailing from near Manchester, UK, Matthew is now based in Heidelberg, Germany.

  • Roberto Garbero

    Author profile image Roberto studied linguistics and literature at the University of Milan. He joined Springer in 2011 and is now Senior Development Editor of open access journals in the field of education, social sciences and ethics.