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Citation Alert

New content itemYour article makes an impact. Now we’ll tell you about it!

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

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. Find out more here

More facts about the Citation Alert
  • 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.

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Article-level metrics

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.

Statistics for your article 

Thanks to our partnership with Altmetric 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 or Facebook.

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Marketing to worldwide audiences

Marketing © Palgrave MacmillanPromote your article to achieve a bigger impact for your work.

To effectively spread the news about your research and your publications, it will be important to become an active and trusted member of the online communities. Your visibility will increase and this can lead to more downloads and citations for your articles. Find our promotion tools and tips for authors here!

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

  • Search engine optimization
  • Researchers, scientists, professionals, students
  • University, institution and corporate libraries
  • Library suppliers, booksellers, online retailers, and all other trade partners.
Table-of-Contents Alerts

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


To stay up-to-date, librarians and readers have registered for subject-specific email newsletters. In addition to customized product information, these newsletters feature discount offers, free trial access, award news and conference announcements. All e-marketing campaigns are tracked to measure and further improve performance.

Conferences & social media

Springer Nature attends hundreds of exhibitions and (virtual) conferences each year, presenting books, journals and our portfolio of further electronic products.
All activities are supported by social media initiatives using our various accounts on Twitter, Facebook and other communities.

Search engine optimization (SEO)

As most readers reach our platforms through search engines, search engine optimization has a strong impact on our website traffic. 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 our websites and our content platform SpringerLink. Here's how your manuscript can contribute to SEO. 

Contact the author support team on our marketing activities

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Getting a book discount

Discount_cube_data © SpringerSpringer 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.
Getting book discounts — for corresponding authors

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

You are entitled to order Springer books — print and electronic versions — at a generous 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 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.

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SpringerLink: online access to my published article

Access via IP address

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.

Search your journal article on SpringerLink

As an author, you are the first to be informed about the online publication of your article in SpringerLink via an 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:

Questions about access, user name, password

Please find information here. 

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