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Springer Nature
Founded2015; 4 years ago (2015)
Key people
RevenueEUR 1.64 bn (2017)
OwnersHoltzbrinck Publishing Group (53%)
BC Partners (47%)
Number of employees
13,000 (2017)
Websitewww.springernature.com/gp Edit this on Wikidata

Springer Nature is an 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.[1] The company reported revenues of €1.64 billion in 2017.[1]


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.[2] The transaction was concluded in May 2015 with Holtzbrinck having the majority 53% share.[3]

The company originates from a number of journals and publishing houses, notably Springer-Verlag, which was founded in 1842 by Julius Springer in Berlin[4] (the grandfather of Bernhard Springer who founded Springer Publishing in 1950 in New York),[5] Nature Publishing Group,[6] and Macmillan Education, which goes back to Macmillan Publishers founded in 1869.

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.[7] In September 2019 Daniel Ropers was replaced by Frank Vrancken Peeters.[8]

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.[9]

In 2018, Springer Nature reported a mean gender pay gap of 17.6 % in its UK workforce, while the median was 15.2 %.[10]



  1. ^ a b "Springer Nature created following merger completion". Springer. 6 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Nature publisher to merge with Springer". Times Higher Education. 15 January 2015. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  3. ^ Caroline Carpenter (May 6, 2015). "Completed merger forms 'Springer Nature'". The Bookseller. Retrieved July 8, 2015.
  4. ^ "Springer celebrates 175 years since its founding". KnowledgeSpeak.com. 11 May 2017. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  5. ^ "Do you mean Springer, Springer or Springer?". Springer.com. 2014. Archived from the original on 27 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Nature". Phys.org. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  7. ^ "Bol.com's Ropers to take Haank's role at Springer Nature". The Bookseller. 6 May 2015.
  8. ^ https://group.springernature.com/de/group/media/press-releases/springer-nature-announces-ceo-succession/17140728
  9. ^ "The Mystery of the Exiled Billionaire Whistle-Blower". January 10, 2018.
  10. ^ "Springer Nature reports 15.12% pay gap". www.thebookseller.com. The Bookseller. Retrieved 2019-08-11.

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