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The year in review: Humanities & Social Sciences


2018 was a year filled with groundbreaking research and technological advances across humanities and social sciences. As we start 2019, we would like to take a look back and reflect on some of the most popular research last year, sourced from our journal portfolios to inspire us. 

We invited members of our editorial team to kick off the process and write about their year and what they see for 2019. 

Read their stories and take a look at our top downloaded content. 

A word from our editors

Erica Gordon-MallinIn 2018, our fully Open Access journals in Business, Management, and Law continued to flourish—and to find their readerships—in a spectrum of different ways. 

- Erica Gordon-Mallin, Journal Development Editor for SpringerOpen/BMC Business & Law open access journals

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Marius-JungThroughout the year 2018, we experienced a steady growth in the SpringerOpen Education portfolio with a lot of interesting and interdisciplinary-oriented developments worldwide. 

- Marius Jung, Journal Development Editor for SpringerOpen/BMC Education open access journals.

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Samuel BEconomic research remains vital in understanding these factors and planning for what will come next. 

- Samuel Beattie is the Journal Development Editor for SpringerOpen/BMC Economics open access journals.​​​​​​​

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Roberto GarberoPublic debates are constantly animated by hot topics that are fully embraced by exciting social science research: migration and refugees, the future of EU, climate change and public perception of environmental challenges, cybercrime and security, bioethics and synthetic biology, and public understanding of science. 

- Roberto Garbero, Senior Journal Development Editor for SpringerOpen/BMC Social Sciences open access journals

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Interested in publishing your research with SpringerOpen?

Here are a few of the ways we support our authors.

SpringerOpen - submission•    Free funding support service — to help you discover and apply for open access APC and BPC funds that are available to you
•    Open access books — get 7 times more downloads, 50% more citations and 10 times more online mentions by publishing an OA book
•    Finding the right journal — we provide tips on finding the right journal for your next article, including our Journal Suggester service

More 2018 Highlights from Springer

Visit the Springer page for more highlights from our journals and books

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