Abstracting & indexing

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There are several interdisciplinary A&I services, such as those from Thomson Reuters or Elsevier's SCOPUS and a large number of discipline specific indexing services.

Springer works with just about every A&I service, over 400 in total, through a dedicated A&I Department and in close cooperation with our publishing editors.
We inform A&I services about new journals, publisher changes or journal title changes.

We support A&I services by providing electronic metadata for faster and more accurate indexing. Metadata include the article information (journal, volume, page, titles, authors, abstracts) as well as reference lists.

  • If you are an author and wish to know in which A&I services a journal is included, simply browse the journal’s homepage at springer.com to discover a complete list.
  • If you are an A&I service and wish to collaborate with Springer, please follow the link below:

Journal selection process

Thomson Reuters Web of Science

We send an application for evaluation to Thomson Reuters when we want to have a journal evaluated for their databases.

Thomson Reuters evaluates the journal by looking at the journal issues for 1 – 1 ½ years. They evaluate the articles for scientific content, editorial quality (accurate reference lists, clear figures, etc).

The two most important criteria for selection are timeliness of publication and number of citations. For more details please see the full description of Thomson Reuters’ journal selection process and criteria.

PubMed/Medline

In order to be included in Medline, a journal has to go through a review by the NLM Literature Selection Technical Review Committee. The most important criteria are relevance to human health researchers and other professionals. The reviews are conducted three times per year in February, June and October.
The journal selection process and criteria are described here:

Other A&I services

The process for getting accepted by the various A&I services differs. Most of the discipline specific A&I services just check whether the subject area of the journal fits in their coverage. If it does, they will include the journal.
Others have a more complex review process. Several of the commercial A&I services take commercial considerations, since they pay for the data they index.
If you have suggestions please send the journal title and A&I service to Springer's A&I team. We will contact the A&I service and work with them to have the journal included.

Incorrect data in A&I services

If the information about an article in an A&I service is incorrect, please inform the Springer A&I Department. We will contact the A&I service to have the data corrected.
Depending on the A&I service, corrections can take up to several months. If the information on SpringerLink is incorrect, we will correct it as soon as possible. Please note, any change to information on SpringerLink requires an erratum.
For many A&I services it takes 4-6 weeks, sometimes longer, to include articles. This is especially true for book chapters, which often take considerably longer than journal articles to be included. If your article was published more than two months ago in the final printed issue (or final electronic issue), please inform the Springer A&I Department. We will work with the A&I service to have the article included.

Compliance with open access archiving mandates

The NIH mandate applies to all articles published in 2008 or later that are funded by the NIH. Our policy regarding this mandate can be found online at:

In order to further support our authors, we have voluntarily provided a free service to our authors in which they can request the deposition of NIH grant supported articles in PubMed Central. The request form is available here:

Articles that are not funded by the NIH cannot be uploaded to PubMed Central, unless they are made open access through Springer's Open Choice.

Citation Alert

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Never miss getting cited!

Thanks to the information we receive from CrossRef.org, an article’s corresponding author will be alerted as soon as his/her paper is cited by another article.

If they prefer, authors may go to their My Springer account and opt to receive weekly, monthly or annual alerts listing all citations in a single mail.

Your article makes an impact - now we’ll tell you about it!

citations.springer.com – Tracking citations for journals and books

View the complete citation profile of any Springer book chapter or journal article — including links to reach the citing works online (both inside and outside of Springer's collection).

Are you a journal or series editor? You can check on the cited articles and chapters within your series or journal and get an up-to-date impression of how your publication has been received.

A few more facts about the Citation Alert service:

  • CrossRef is the only source of information used.
  • Corresponding authors will be alerted promptly whenever their article is cited.
  • The alert is hyperlinked to both the cited and the citing article (full text access depends on the reader’s license for Springer’s and the citing publisher’s content).
  • The alert is sent immediately after Springer receives the data from CrossRef.
  • The time for data transfer from the citing publisher to CrossRef varies greatly, from ca. 2-4 days up to ca. 2 months. Therefore the alert cannot be a real-time service.
  • Springer notifies CrossRef within 24 hours when we publish new articles. So new citations from Springer articles in other Springer articles will usually be alerted within 48 hours.

Citation Alert example (pdf, 41 kB)

Article-level metrics

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Explore how your article is being cited, used and discussed in the social web!


Article-level metrics (ALMs) refer to a whole range of measures that can provide insights into the “impact” or “reach” of an individual article. Whereas the well-known Impact Factor measures citations at the journal level, ALMs aim to measure the research impact of an article in a transparent and comprehensive manner. They not only look at citations and usage but also include article coverage and discussions in the social web.

Thanks to our partnership with Altmetric, a London-based company which tracks and analyzes the online activity surrounding scholarly literature, we are able to provide detailed statistics on each article’s coverage and discussions in the media and on blogs; any bookmarking, ratings and discussions via bibliographic tools and sites such as Papers, Mendeley and ResearchGate; and social media sharing via platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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If available, the number of shares (based on Altmetric data) for each article is provided alongside citations (based on CrossRef data) on its abstract page on SpringerLink, helping you and your readers to assess the reach and impact of your article. The “citations” link will redirect you to springer.com, the “shares” link will send you to altmetric.com where you can join in the discussions about your article. 

Visit SpringerLink now to explore the impact of your article!

 

Please note that the data is currently not displayed if you use Internet Explorer. This issue will soon be resolved.

Online access to my published article

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Access via IP

If your institution has purchased access to Springer’s journals, your IP address will be recognized and you can access your article via your institution’s network.

Remote Access

SpringerLink offers off-campus access via username and password and supports access via Athens and Shibboleth. Both Athens and Shibboleth allow users to use single, sign-on to access web resources.

Springer offers access through Shibboleth via the institution login located in the login area on the right side of the screen in the masthead. Please contact your librarian and ask if your institution has a method of authentication that allows for off-campus access.

Use of SpringerLink

Search your journal article

As an author, you are the first to be informed about the online publication of your article in SpringerLink via the Springer Author Alert email. This email is sent out the day your article is published in final version online on SpringerLink and includes a direct link to the abstract page of your article. (Note that your email address must be published with the article online to receive an automatic Author Alert email).

Another fast and easy way to find your article in SpringerLink is to use the search on SpringerLink. There are a variety of different ways to search on SpringerLink. You can conduct a simple search by article title, author last name or DOI to find your published article on SpringerLink.

By entering a search term or phrase, you are searching the title, the abstract and the full-text (including authors, affiliations and references) of every article and book chapter on SpringerLink.

Cite your journal article

To cite your published article, use the “Export Citation” functionality offered as a tab above every article abstract. You can select the “RIS” or “Plain Text” option and your preferred citation manager. Your article citation will automatically open in Notepad if you choose not to use a citation manager, which you can save, or copy and paste.

Users will be able to export citations in RIS or plain text directly into ProCite, Bib Tex, EndNote, Reference Manager, RefWorks, PubMed(LNM), and BookEnds.

For citing Springer Online First articles that are available before being published in a paginated print issue, use the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) as a unique reference and link to the online version of the article. We recommend following these CrossRef guidelines:

Benefits of registration on SpringerLink

Registration grants you special personalization features such as RSS feeds, Favorites linking, saved items and free samples. Additionally, an individual registration allows you to purchase electronic journal articles and book chapters on SpringerLink and save them in your “Order History.”

Set up favorites

To use the free, Favorites feature, first register or login as an individual user on SpringerLink. Next, choose content that you are interested in and go to “Add to Saved Items". You can then create your own folder(s) with direct links to favorite books, journals, authors or search results lists.

Forgot user name and password

From any page on SpringerLink, you can click on the “Log In” link that is located on the upper right in the header. Clicking “Log In” will prompt a drop down menu where you will see a "Forgot your password?" link . After you click on this link, enter your email address and if you have a SpringerLink account, you will receive an email with a hyperlink that will allow you to reset your password. When logging in, please also be sure to type your username and password just as you created them, as these are case sensitive.

Change user name and password

After you have logged in, click on “My SpringerLink” or your name. You can then click on “registration” and choose “Change username” or “Change password.” These pages give you the ability to change your username and/or reset your password.

Log in to your individual user account

From any page on SpringerLink, you can click on the “Log In” link that is located on the upper right in the orange banner bar. Clicking “Log In” will prompt the username and password text boxes for entering your login credentials and logging into SpringerLink.

  • For any questions about your e-access please contact OnlineService@springer.com

Getting a book discount

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Springer runs book discount programs for certain user groups, including:

  • book authors and editors, journal authors and editors
  • instructors
  • society members (depending on the contract between Springer and the society)
  • users of special Springer promotion campaigns.

 How to get my author discount

Getting book discounts — for corresponding authors

The book discount is connected to your springer.com user name and password (which you used for the MyPublication process).

You are entitled to order Springer books — print and electronic versions — at a 33.33% discount. The quantity of books ordered must be in the normal range for private use.

Getting book discounts — for co-authors, editorial board members, editors-in-chief or authors publishing outside the MyPublication process

If you are a co-author, editor-in-chief, editorial board member or if your article has been published outside the MyPublication process, please contact our Customer Service.

How to order books with a discount (SpringerToken)

The SpringerToken is only needed for your first order! It is valid for a lifetime. For any further online orders of print/electronic books, you will automatically receive the 33.33% author discount.

Invoice copy / invoice correction / statement of account

For any questions about your invoice or statement of account please consult the FAQ or contact our author helpdesk.

Marketing to worldwide audiences

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Springer's marketing approach

Our marketing approach centers on customer channels – treating each of our audience groups in a way that addresses their unique needs – and all that on a truly global basis. We apply efficient marketing strategies and activities for

  • Researchers, scientists, professionals, students
  • University, institution and corporate libraries
  • Booksellers, online retailers, library suppliers and all other trade partners.

Table-of-Contents Alert

Numerous readers have registered for our journals’ Table-of-Contents Alerts announcing each new issue and providing quick links to the full text of each article in PDF or HTML. Readers can choose their preferred format and access the articles with only one click.

Your publication is where readers can easily find it!

As people continue to turn to the web to find information, web visibility becomes more critical to promoting your work. Online promotion enables us to rapidly inform existing customers while also reaching out to prospective readers and buyers. All Springer e-marketing campaigns are equipped with statistics to measure and further improve performance.

Activities for your publication: newsletters and alerts

To stay up-to-date, many of our readers and library customers have registered for subject-specific email newsletters. In addition to customized product information, these newsletters feature discount offers, award news and conference announcements.

Dedicated journal homepage on springer.com

Each journal has its own homepage on springer.com. On the homepage you will find the journal's aims & scope, the Instructions for Authors and additional information such as the Impact Factor, a list of the abstracting & indexing services and also free sample articles.

Search engine optimization (SEO)

Did you know that over 60% of our website visitors come from search engines? This shows the impact of search engine optimization! To make sure the journals' pages appear at the top of the results list of an appropriate keyword search, we constantly lay emphasis on the further optimization of Springer's web platforms.

Dedicated website for electronic supplementary materials (ESM)

Springer has a dedicated website for storing the ESM that come along with your publication.

Conferences & social media

Springer attends more than 650 exhibitions and conferences per year, presenting books in print and online formats, journals and our portfolio of further electronic products.
Conferences are often promoted and supported by social media activities using our various accounts on Twitter, Facebook and other communities.

 Promote your article

Authors can support the promotion of their work by simply using the resources available on springer.com and SpringerLink.

Feature the link to your article in your email signature, on your own website, in presentations, in your blog, social media profile or your contribution to a forum.

Position yourself as an expert in your area

With the advent of sophisticated search engines and social media platforms, the Internet has become a very powerful marketing tool, particularly for specialized content.

  • Blogs, personal websites, forums and social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook have allowed for wider discovery of content and enabled the formation of influential web communities around specialized topics.
  • You may want to start with a personal profile page on springer.com that is linked with your Springer publications. Ask your publishing editor about this feature, provide him/her with your details and we will create the profile for you.

Become an active and trusted member!

To effectively spread the news about your research, it will be important to become an active and trusted member of the Internet communities that may be influential in helping to promote your publications. An online profile will establish your online ‘brand’ in the minds of the readers who view your content. So, it is important to make your brand as effective and compelling as it can be.

Stay active!

Once you have established your online presence, it will require only a limited time investment to maintain it. All of these platforms can be interlinked allowing you to easily cascade information from one across many others, significantly widening your reach with a minimum of effort.

Learn more about a number of tools that will help you establish your online profile and credentials. Each of these can be very effective as stand-alone activities, but are most effective when they are linked together and content is replicated across multiple vehicles to reach the largest possible audience.

Further powerful internet communication tools

Blogs

One effective tool is to write a blog covering your area of expertise. A blog provides a forum for you to share your ideas and establish your expertise in the area. A blog can also be linked from a Facebook page or Tweets, providing you with a flow of fresh content for these tools.

For a blog to have impact, it must be updated regularly, but this does not require you to constantly generate original content. Often, you can simply provide commentary on discussions occurring in other places or on current events and topics in your area of research.

Google Alerts

A simple way to develop content is to set up ‘Google Alerts’ on your area of research. Google Alerts will generate an email anytime a news item or discussion topic related to those items appears. These updates can then provide the basis for blog entries, tweets, etc.

Forums

Try locate the forums in your subject area and begin commenting on the topics being discussed. These forums can generally be found through industry or faculty groups, conference web sites, events and by making connections to your colleagues and peers.

Once you have begun connecting to your peers, start reading and commenting on their blogs. You can also provide links back to your own materials as appropriate.

Online tools and social media

Learn more about a number of tools that will help you establish your online profile and credentials. Each of these can be very effective as stand-alone activities, but are most effective when they are linked together and content is replicated across multiple vehicles to reach the largest possible audience.

Facebook

Facebook is the leading social network worldwide and can be a very effective tool for creating an online profile, locating others with mutual interests and communicating with potential readers.

Some suggestions to get started:

Create your Facebook account with your real name

  • Search for Colleagues and peers and invite them to become your ‘friend’. As you build up your profile others will invite you to become their friends and your community will quickly develop.
  • Populate your Facebook page with your activities, links to your blog, your publications on springer.com and SpringerLink, other items of interest, etc. Your friends will be notified as updates to these activities occur.

Set up a Facebook fan page for your book including cover picture and the link to the book’s page on springer.com or SpringerLink where readers can view a preview

  • Invite your friends to become a fan and send comments about your book
  • Also Include any reviews or news items related your book as they occur

Google+

What is Google+?

Google+ was launched in 2011, as Google’s way to establish a vibrant social network of their own. It offers a mixture of features that one might be familiar with from Facebook and Twitter. It is growing very quickly, but many are still unsure if it will become a stable network, or go the way of Google Buzz, which was recently shuttered by Google.

List of Google+ features

Google+ offers a unique range of features intended to connect you with others, and provide channels for interaction, not just “following.” These include:

  • Circles: help you manage those you are connected with.
  • Streams: these are akin to newsfeeds from those you have added to circles.
  • Status updates can be longer and include images and videos. You also have the option to share your updates with only specific circles or make them public.
  • Hangouts: a video chat service where multiple people can join a conversation.

There are many other features within Google+, and more being added on a regular basis. Those listed above will help you get comfortable with the most basic uses of the platform.

How do I get started with Google+?

You can join by logging in with your existing Google account or by creating a new one. Once you join, complete your profile, and begin connecting with friends, colleagues, and acquaintances by adding them to circles. Google starts you off with some generic circles, but you can create custom circles that suit your social life.
You can also choose to follow thought-leaders or others that you want to hear from, but may not know personally.

Finally, read the streams of content that others are sharing, and consider posting your own updates. Like many social networks, you learn best by doing.

LinkedIn

Often called Facebook for business, LinkedIn is very similar in design and application to Facebook, but with a distinctly business slant. Thousands of highly specialized groups have formed within LinkedIn, providing users with avenues for discussion and sharing information.

Some suggestions to get started:

Create your account under your real name so that others will recognize you.

  • Complete your resume and history with all of your credentials and accomplishments.
  • Be sure to include links to your book page on Springer.com and SpringerLink, your blog, Twitter account, etc. LinkedIn provides a number of fields for professionals to include all manner of information such as patents, certifications, published materials, etc.
  • You may also want to add a link to your LinkedIn profile in your email signature.

LinkedIn Groups are a very effective tool for quickly locating and becoming a part of the online discussion in your specific subject area.

  • Groups can be located through LinkedIn’s search tools
  • Once you have been accepted into the group, you can post discussion items, updates and links to other items such as your blog.

Research Gate

ResearchGate is a scientific online network, currently gathering around 1.4 million researchers. The platform is similar to LinkedIn, but built specifically to foster communities around STM research. ResearchGate is also a particularly effective tool for finding the latest research and colleagues in your field.

Some suggestions to get started:

  • Follow the same steps for establishing your profile on ResearchGate as you would for Facebook or LinkedIn.
  • Locate and connect with colleagues and peers.
  • Your ResearchGate profile can also be linked to both your Facebook and LinkedIn profiles.

Twitter

Twitter is a unique social networking tool that enables the exchange of news, quick thoughts and interesting information for your “followers.” Twitter can be an effective tool for keeping in regular contact with your audience by providing brief updates or advertising more extensive updates on other platforms, such as your blog.

  • Messages are delivered in the form of ‘tweets’ and are limited to a maximum of 140 characters
  • Your followers can “re-tweet”, meaning if they like your news item or your book they can easily pass on your message to their network, expanding your reach to potentially include multiple networks of followers.

Some suggestions to get started:

Set up an account with your username – this will be your “twitter handle” and always starts with “@”

  • Your handle should be “@FirstNameLastName”
  • It is important to use your real name, to ensure that other researchers recognize you
  • Search for colleagues and peers – follow them and invite them to follow you
  • Start tweeting news about your research, interesting news items or things you have read, updates to your blog, updates on your book or plans to attend a conference.
  • Be sure to add interest and value to your tweets by commenting the items you include
  • One very effective tool for Tweeting is a site called Tinyurl.com. For links to items lengthy URL’s, Tinyurl.com will generate a much shorter URL, allowing you to use more of the 140 characters to comment on the item being linked.

Wikipedia

If your research and your name are widely known in the community, you may find that you already have an entry in Wikipedia. If not, Wikipedia is easily updated by anyone wishing to create an entry or update and existing article. You should create or update your biography to include a list of your background, credentials, areas of interest and publications with a link to the relevant publishers.

Some suggestions to get started:

  • Create or update your profile on Wikipedia to include the most current information about your research and publications

The Wikipedia template provides places to include a number of external links. You should be sure to update all of the possible links in your entry. These can include:

  • Publications
  • References
  • External links such as author sites, publisher sites or blogs
  • Suggestions for further reading – articles, books, etc.

Video and Audio Posts

Another very effective tool for expanding your online brand is to create an audio or video broadcast on current topics in your subject area. These can be easily created with a well-equipped laptop computer and then posted to sites such as YouTube or iTunes for simple and free dissemination. Because these are a different media than text entries, they will typically show up separately in Search results providing yet another avenue for discovery.

Some suggestions to get started:

Using a webcam equipped laptop, create a 2-minute video discussing your most recent research or commenting on current topics in your field.

  • Post the video to YouTube and be sure to include as many relevant keywords as possible in your description. These will be found and returned in Search results.
  • Post links to your video -- or even better, embed the video itself in your personal website, blog and Facebook page using the simple tool that YouTube provides.
  • Tweet the link to your new video.

Record an audio podcast discussing your research or other current topics

  • Post your podcast to iTunes
  • Post links to your podcast in your personal website, blog and facebook page.
  • Tweet the link to your new podcast.