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1. What are SpringerProtocols? 

SpringerProtocols is an online database available from Springer. Protocols are step-by-step procedure “recipes” organized in a standardized format that can be executed in a controlled
laboratory environment. SpringerProtocols comprises more than 25 years of protocols content.

2. What subject areas are covered by SpringerProtocols? 

SpringerProtocols contains a total of 15 subject collections:
• Biochemistry
• Bioinformatics
• Biotechnology
• Cancer Research
• Cell Biology
• Genetics/Genomics
• Imaging/Radiology
• Immunology
• Infectious Diseases
• Microbiology
• Molecular Medicine
• Neuroscience
• Pharmacology/Toxicology
• Plant Sciences
• Protein Science

3. What exactly is a protocol? 

A protocol provides a set of instructions for conducting an experiment, allowing a scientist to reproduce that experiment in his or her own laboratory. Protocols provide lists of all materials and equipment needed for the experiment, and then provide the step-by-step instructions for conducting it. They describe the safety, bias, procedural, equipment, statistical methods, reporting, and troubleshooting standards to be used to conduct the experiment. Protocols are used wherever biomedical or life science research is being conducted.

4. How is SpringerProtocols related to SpringerLink? 

All SpringerProtocols content is simultaneously available on springerprotocols.com, and SpringerLink.
Springer provides flexible options for librarians and end users. Accessing via SpringerLink allows librarians to manage all of their Springer holdings in one location, while providing the user-centric features that end users have come to expect from SpringerLink. Accessing via springerprotocols.com allows smaller libraries the ability to offer a standalone database of content specific to the needs of biotech and life sciences researchers. Both platforms provide full text and PDF access, COUNTER usage statistics, and are available through your licensing manger. Our customers may use either or both platforms, as they prefer.

5. How does one search SpringerProtocols? 

All content on SpringerProtocols can be found via standard and advanced search features as well as browse categories.
These are:
• Category
• Series
• Volume
• Title
• DOI
• Category
• Most Popular
Searches can also include:
• Wildcards
• Highlighted Terms

6. Does SpringerProtocols have Digital Rights Management restrictions (DRM)? 

No, SpringerProtocols are DRM free with unrestricted ILL, allowing unlimited concurrent user access within an institution to subscribed content. SpringerProtocols can be both printed and saved. Users can download the PDF onto their computer. Full text can be saved via HTML.

7. What usage patterns can one expect to see with SpringerProtocols? 

We find that researchers interact with protocols differently than they do with book chapters or journal articles. Unlike with journal or book content, when it comes to protocols, scientists search more and browse less, going straight to protocol that works for their experiment, and then leave our website, protocol in hand.

8. Can I just buy Methods In Molecular Biology? Why not? 

While Methods in Molecular Biology is not available as a standalone online product, it makes up 90% of the new content added to SpringerProtocols each year. The additional content, from series including Neuromethods and Methods in Pharmacology & Toxicology, creates valuable supplementary resources and extra context for researchers. Subscriptions include access to the full archives of all series, collectively over 30 years of content.

9. Why isn’t this content part of the Springer Biomedical & Life Sciences eBooks Collection?  

Protocols are available separately from Biomedical & Life Sciences eBooks so our customers can select the content that is most relevant for their libraries. This is because the content is published in a very different format than traditional book content, in protocols instead of chapters, and is used by separate groups of individuals.

10. How are protocols used on campuses without medical schools? 

We find the content is still applicable and used by schools with smaller scale research programs that exist outside of medical programs.

11. SpringerProtocols has 30 years of content, but how much usage does the oldest material actually get? I don’t want to pay for something my researchers won’t use. 

SpringerProtocols is widely used across all years. While we see more robust usage with newer titles, mature titles contain landmark volumes in their fields and therefor remain relevant to researchers .

12. Are there future plans to develop video protocols? 

SpringerProtocols specializes in producing the clearest written instructions possible. We believe that a written protocol provides the most thorough, easily comprehensible way for a researcher to follow an experiment. While we have no current plans to develop video protocols, as an e-publisher we are always open to new innovations.

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