General information about the new SpringerLink

What is SpringerLink?

SpringerLink is Springer’s content platform, which provides access to over 5.7 million research documents, including your society's publication(s).

What is new and exciting?

The new SpringerLink provides a better user experience and will make finding and accessing your content easier and faster.

  • Improved searching with auto suggest function and easier filtering of results
  • Members will be able to search within their subscribed titles only
  • Faster results
  • Easier downloads

Author access to your own eBook

I have an individual account on SpringerLink. Will I need a new one?

YES. Due to privacy reasons we are unable to migrate the existing accounts to the new site and everyone will need to start with a clean slate.

We will contact you by email and ask you to click on a link within the email which will activate your account. Once you have done this, your account will be active and when you log in using those credentials you will be recognized automatically.

Help! It's not working.

Once the migration has taken place in the your geographic territory (please see the schedule below) you will see a link in the header on every page of the new site that will allow you to bypass the redirection and “go back to old version,” which will take you to the old version SpringerLink, where you can log in and continue to get access as you have in the past. This option will be available for several months following the new launch.
For technical support, please contact the online service desk at

Search & Browse

What kind of search possibilities are offered?

A user is able to search all content on the site using the integrated search bar. A user has the ability to narrow down their search results to only view items which they have access to. Standard search features, including auto-suggest based search, and can be defined by various filters, such as:

  • Search Within: A user has the ability to search within a search. A user has the ability to search within a journal, book or book series.
  • Sort Search: A user is able to sort the search results by newest or oldest items. A user is able to sort a search by relevance to a keyword that has been entered
  • Filter By Date: Users are able to narrow down their search by filtering on a specific year or a range of years
  • Filter By Content Type: Users are able to narrow down their search by filtering by content type Book, Journal, Article, Chapter, Reference Work and Reference Work Entry
  • Filter By Subject Area: Users are able to narrow down their search by filtering by discipline or sub-discipline
  • Filter By Publication
  • Filter By Language

Are Boolean operators and wildcards supported?

Yes, both SpringerLink and Springer for R&D support the AND, OR, and NOT Boolean operators, as well as the ? and * wildcards. Please note that Boolean operators need to be typed in all caps (e.g. “cardiac AND thoracic”) to be recognized.

Can I search for keywords or terms, in any other language than English and German?

Absolutely. Some of our content has abstracts in as many as six languages. Whatever language content Springer’s content is published in (including French, Italian, and Dutch), you can find via search.
Search results are listed by which relevance?

The default sort order for search results is to be listed in descending order of relevance. We have created a custom search library specifically for our scientific content, which helps to increase the relevancy of your search results.

Is full text search offered?

Yes. The SpringerLink & Springer for R&D search engine has full text search capabilities.

What is a Related article and Semantic Linking?

A new software-driven, semantic analysis of electronic documents offers users a separate list of additional documents matching their initial search request.

The Related Documents function presents the user with additional SpringerLink or Springer for R&D content that is relevant to their research and offers convenient access to these documents.

Related Documents returns additional documents with content that is most similar to the source document, using a new digital fingerprinting process that analyzes journal articles and book chapters on a content level that far surpasses simple keyword search functions.

Functionalities and Features

Current platform features include:

Featured Books and Featured Journals

Featured books and journals will be continuously displayed on the homepage.

Open Access Content

Users will be able to identify open access content when they are viewing the items abstract page.

Online First Content

Users will be able to access online first articles via the "All Volumes and Issues" pages.

Continuously Published Articles

All continuously published articles will be displayed on the site with their associated article citation ID and the online date.

Look Inside

If you don’t have access: We show the first 2 pages for every document, unless the document’s size is actually less than 2 pages, in which case we don’t show a Look Inside. (e.g. reference work entries).

If you do have access: We show the whole document in the look inside. This counts as a download if the user browses to page 3 or beyond.

We have done the rasterization to make images out of every page of the PDF document for almost all the documents, but for very new ones you may find that this process has not been completed yet, in which case you will get the message when you open the Look Inside “Free Preview not available” (in English and in German).

Access Indicators

Access Indicators will allow a user to easily recognize when they do not have access to a resource. These indicators are set to indicate when access is not available. If a user has access, no separate indicator will appear.

Download PDF

A user with access to an article, chapter, protocol or reference work entry will be able to download the associated PDF directly from a search results page or from its abstract page.

View HTML Full Text

A user with access to an article, chapter, protocol or reference work entry will be able to view the full text html directly from a search results page or from its abstract page if the full text HTML is available.

Electronic Supplementary Materials

From the abstract page a user will be able to access any available electronic supplementary materials for a given article, chapter, protocol, or reference work entry.


The site provides the user with the ability to expand and contract a list of references for an article, chapter, reference work entry or protocol. A user can directly link to internal resources which have been included as a reference. Where applicable, a user can directly link to external resources which have been included as a reference using Crossref.

Export Citations

Users are able to export citations for articles, chapters, reference work entries and protocols in ris/txt/bib formats.

Within An Article

Where full text HTML is available a user will be able to jump directly to the main sections within the article from the abstract page.

Additional Information About Journals/Articles

Users will be able to link directly to the editorial board of a journal from the abstract page of an article. A user will be able to access additional information about a journal via a link to A user will be able to link to a page to submit their manuscript from a journal or article abstract page. Users will be able to link to TOC alert registration pages from the abstract page of an article.

Additional Information About Books

A user will be able to access additional information about a book via a link to

Platform languages?

The SpringerLink and Springer for R&D sites currently supports English and German navigation. Additional languages will be added in the future.

SpringerLink Migration Schedule

(Dates are tentative and subject to change)

Springer will begin to migrate users to the new SpringerLink platform on a region-by-region basis. If a region has been migrated, this means that users within this region will automatically be sent to the new platform when choosing SpringerLink.

Questions about access issues or the new platform should be directed to the Online Service Desk at

Initial Group

Monday September 10th 2012
New Zealand
South Korea

Group A – India + Oceania

Monday 1 October 2012

Group B – Asia:

Monday 15 October 2012
Hong Kong
Saudi Arabia

Group C – Europe (excluding Germany)

Monday 29 October 2012
Czech Republic

Group D – Germany

Wednesday 31 October 2012

Group E – Africa + South America + ROW (182 countries)

Monday 12 November 2012
South Africa
Rest of World (182 countries)

Please click here to get a list with the 182 countries. (pdf, 41 kB)

Group F – China

Friday 16 November 2012
Group G - Portugal + UK
Friday 16 November 2012

Group H – North America

Monday 26 November 2012
United States