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.

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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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, the “shares” link will send you to where you can join in the discussions about your article. 

Marketing to worldwide audiences


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

  • Researchers, scientists, professionals, students
  • University, institution and corporate libraries
  • Library suppliers, booksellers, online retailers, 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 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, many 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.

Dedicated journal homepage on

Each journal has its own homepage on On the homepage you will find the journal's aims & scope, the Instructions for Authors and additional information such as the Impact Factor, further performance metrics, and a list of the abstracting & indexing services.

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.

Conferences & social media

Springer attends hundreds of exhibitions and conferences each year, presenting books, 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 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. 

No need to be a marketing expert. Just use the resources available from us and a range of networking platforms.


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. The URL will be's_DOI

The DOI (digital object identifier) is a unique, permanent code for your publication, e.g. 10.1000/xyz123 that you will find on your publications. 

Open access article will be freely available to any reader. For subscription-based articles, users will be able to read your article's abstract. Users at customers with a SpringerLink license can access the full text. 

Springer Nature SharedIt

Share your article easily and legally. We provide you with a SharedIt link to your article upon publication. If you can't find it right now, just go to your article's page on SpringerLink and click on "Share Article" to create a short URL that you can post anywhere. It links to a view-only, full-text version of your articles. 

More about Springer Nature SharedIt

© Julien Eichinger | Fotolia.comSocial networks can be beneficial to authors and editors in a variety of ways:

  • By connecting you with like-minded people 
  • By promoting you, your organization, your books, chapters or articles
  • They are helping you shape your reputation.
  • Personal websites, social media, forums and blogs have allowed for wider discovery of your content by search engines such as Google. 

Each of the following platforms and tools can be very effective as stand-alone activities, but are most effective when they are linked together and content is replicated across multiple vehicles.


Twitter enables the exchange of news, quick thoughts and interesting information for your “followers.” 

  • We recommend you use your real name to set up your account and 'handle', i.e. “@FirstNameLastName”, to ensure that other researchers recognize you.
  • You may also want to add a link to your Twitter handle in your email signature.
  • 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.
  • When tweeting about your article, always link to its page. The URL will be's_DOI or the SharedIt link (read about SharedIt above)
  • You may want to include a hashtag for any topical or “trending” topics within your tweets. Example: If you are working in nanoscience, people might find your post via #nanoscience. 
  • Your followers can “retweet”, meaning if they like your news item or your article they can easily pass on your message to their network, expanding your reach to potentially include multiple networks of followers. 



Facebook can be a very effective tool for creating an online profile, locating others with mutual interests, and communicating with potential readers. 

Populate your Facebook profile with your research activities and links to research you find interesting, your publications on SpringerLink, conferences you will be attending, etc. 

When posting about your article, always link to it. The URL will be's_DOI or the SharedIt URL (read about SharedIt above)



LinkedIn is very similar to Facebook but with a distinctly professional slant. Populate your LinkedIn profile with your research activities and links to research/posts/blogs you find interesting, your publications on SpringerLink, conferences you will be attending, etc. 

LinkedIn Groups are highly specialized groups which provide users with avenues for discussion and sharing information. They are a very effective tool for quickly locating and becoming a part of the online discussion in your specific subject area. Once you have been accepted into a group, you can post discussion items, updates and links to other items such as your research. Groups can be located through LinkedIn’s search tools.


Suggestions for getting 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 key publications on SpringerLink, your blog, your ORCID record, 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.


ResearchGate is a scientific online network built specifically to foster communities around research. ResearchGate is also a particularly effective tool for finding the latest research and colleagues in your field and to also ask questions, get answers, and find solutions to research problems.



Reddit is a simple but unique online platform where registered community users can submit content, which can either be text posts or direct links. 

Users then vote posts up or down, determining which posts move up the page and get more attention. 

The Reddit page is similar to a bulletin board system. 

Content topics are organized into specific boards called ‘subreddits’. These are separate pages dedicated to particular topics, e.g. science. 

As Reddit is very community-based (rather than you having your own individual profile with users who can follow you), we recommend that you exercise caution when promoting your own individual works. 

To avoid “spamming” discussions with your own content, ensure that the content you are linking to is highly relevant, answers a particular question, or will trigger a new discussion.


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 or as a video “abstract” for your latest article. 

These can be easily created with your smartphone and/or computer and then posted to sites such as YouTube or iTunes for simple and free dissemination. 

Suggestions for getting started:

Using a mobile phone or webcam, create a 1-3 minute video discussing your most recent research or commenting on current topics in your field (note that a “teaser” video perhaps guiding to additional content may be best, as ten percent of viewers click away after ten seconds and over half stop viewing after one minute.)

  • 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. Note that you can also now directly record from your webcam to YouTube.
  • 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.
  • Use your networks to promote 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.

Read more about videos and get professional support here.

Image tools

Images in your posts are great to use because they provide a visual edge to your message and help grab attention of users when scrolling down news feeds (Tweets with pictures are 10 times more likely to be clicked and retweeted!) 

It’s important to note, however, that many images may have copyright restrictions, which can make it difficult to use them without proper attribution. 


Looking for tools for editing or creating images? Here are some suggestions.



Link shorteners

Sometimes URLs can be very long, so you may want to shorten them in your social media post. Twitter already does this for you, but using link shortening websites allows you to track how many clicks your link received. This is quite useful if you’re interested in measuring the impact of your social media activities. Potential sites you could use include:



Social media dashboards

  • Social media dashboards help you manage multiple social media accounts at once. The tools allow you to:
  • Schedule and manage your social outreach and engage with people across all your accounts on one dashboard.
  • Organize and build custom timelines, keep track of lists, searches, activity and more.
  • Create searches to track topics, events and hashtags.
  • Collaborate with team members by assigning messages, creating workflows, and streamlining communications.
  • Get all the data on how your posts perform and see it on easy-to-read reports.






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 profile or tweets, providing you with a flow of fresh content for these tools.

For a blog to be impactful, 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.


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.

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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.

 How to get my author discount

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.

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.