Happy Birthday, SpringerLink!

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We are happy to announce and celebrate that, now in its 20th year, SpringerLink, has reached a total of 10 million documents!

SpringerLink delivers fast, accurate access to the world’s most complete online collection of Science, Technology and Medicine (STM) and Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) books, journals, reference works and protocols covering a vast range of disciplines.

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Founded in 1996

Springer has been in the publishing business since 1842. In 1996, with the advent of the Internet and digital publishing, Springer established SpringerLink as one of the first online information services dedicated to scientific research. SpringerLink paved the way for the publisher’s transition from traditional print media to electronic publishing.

SpringerLink content journey


  • SpringerLink was established in 1996 as an online platform, starting out with 100 journals. It later added book series, reference works, data collections and the Journals Archives.
  • In 2006, the Springer eBook program was launched and in 2013 the Springer Book Archives with over 110,000 retro digitized books was added to the platform. 
  • In 2012, Springer for Research & Development (rd.springer.com), a content platform dedicated to corporate markets and their researchers’ needs, was created. All articles in Springer for R&D are taken from SpringerLink and provide content of special interest to the researchers in the industry sector, ranging from oil and gas to telecommunications.
  • In 2016, the integration of Palgrave Macmillan humanities and social science publications added over 20,000 books and more than 50 journals to SpringerLink.

What is available on SpringerLink today:

As the world’s leading research platform, SpringerLink hosts an enormous electronic collection of STM and HSS books, journals, reference works, protocols and databases.

Today SpringerLink offers:

  • Almost 3.7 million chapters within 215,000+ books
  • More than 5 million journal articles within 3,300+ journals
  • More than 500,000 reference work entries within 600+ Reference Works
  • 42,000+ Protocols

SpringerLink also includes the Springer and Palgrave Macmillan Archive collections of journals and books authored by leading scientists whose work laid the foundations for modern scientific understanding. The Springer Journal Archives includes more than 2 million articles from over 1,000 journals, going back to volume 1, and the Springer Book Archives including the Palgrave Archives span over 120,000 previously hard to find titles dating back to the 1840’s. 

Regularly updated content and each year approximately adds:

  • 10,000 new eBooks
  • 3,000 new protocols
  • over 270,000 journal articles

Additional Information

Key Benefits of SpringerLink

  • Continuously evolving platform: Recently introduced new journal pages optimized for easy reading on various mobile devices.
  • Look inside: gives access to the first two pages of a document the library doesn’t own, enabling users to gauge the value and relevance of the work before a purchase decision is made. Look Inside applies to eBooks and other content types.
  • Mobile optimized: responsive design of headers and menus allows for optimal browsing on a desktop, tablet or phone without losing any essential functionality or pushing critical content further down the page.
  • MyCopy: is a print-on-demand service that lets users order a personal soft cover edition of Springer eBook titles for a fraction of the usual print cost. Over 25,000 titles are available via MyCopy to registered patrons of libraries that have purchased Springer eBook titles or collections. My Copy is available in 30 countries.
  • Online First: lets users access peer-reviewed articles before they are published in print. The article text is fully searchable and citable by Digital Object Identifiers (DOI), but available much more quickly, accelerating the circulation of critical discoveries.
  • Open Choice: gives authors the option to make their articles open access, even when publishing in one of Springer’s highly respected subscription-based journals. Open Choice articles can be archived in institutional or funder repositories and can be made immediately accessible. Articles are published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license and copyright remains with the author.
  • Speed to facilitate research: Fast access to research is a key requirement of today’s researcher. SpringerLink is fast, delivering results up to 3 times quicker than our previous platform.
  • Springer Alerts and RSS feeds: Users can set up publication alerts based on author, subject, keyword and publication or subscribe to Springer's RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds to get new titles delivered directly to their desktop. Visit springer.com/alerts for more information. 

Purchasing and Licensing

SpringerLink is available to academic institutions, governments and corporations and is purchased by small colleges on a single site to global organizations with multiple locations. Tailored licensing options are available and based on research intensity and the number of patrons. 

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