Discovery @ Springer

Springer is committed to the dissemination of information to discovery services for simple integration into library systems. The following provides further information on Springer’s involvement with various system vendors.

Discovery Services

What are Discovery Services?

A discovery service is a service that enables agents to retrieve Web services-related resource description. Discovery services provide our customers another finding aid for Springer content. The most frequently used discovery services are Primo (ExLibris), Summon (ProQuest) and EDS (EBSCO). Customers are able to turn on the licensed packages to integrate them into their catalog.

The discovery service vendors are given complete metadata and full text of our journals, including archives, as well as our contemporary and archives eBook collections. This allows these vendors to fully index our content to make it more discoverable. Springer works with vendors to make the naming conventions and packages easy to find.

EBSCO Discovery Service

EDS allows institutions to select licensed packages. In the EDS platform all of the Springer content is located in one area. Content can be easily selected by subject collection, copyright year, content, or consortium list.

ExLibris Primo

Primo allows institutions to select licensed packages by subject collection or material type. To limit by copyright year the user will need to take advantage of the Downloader Tool provided by ExLibris.

Link Resolvers

What are Link Resolvers?

Link resolvers provide customized lists of titles to libraries for ease of discoverability. Since most library online public access catalogs (OPAC) do not search database content, subscribing to a link resolving service makes the journals more discoverable.


EBSCO A-Z is a complete Web-based tool for organizing and providing links to all of your library’s e-resources, including e-journals, titles in full-text databases and e-journal packages, and e-books. EBSCO A-to-Z offers users a “one-stop” search of your library’s e-collection, with easy navigation to full-text content.

ExLibris SFX

SFX offers multiple access points to your e-collections, including the A-Z journal title list and the CitationLinker search form, streamline the information discovery process and provide an easy-to-use interface for end users. Furthermore, you can customize the interface and integrate it into your home page so that your users experience a consistent look and feel.

Serial solutions 360 Knowledge Base

ProQuest works closely with Springer to populate the Serials Solutions knowledgebase, the foundation for discovery and management services such as 360 Core and 360 Link with the most accurate metadata available, an essential ingredient for reliable discovery, linking and management. Holdings information is updated daily and automatically reflected in all services. Libraries can selected the packages they have licensed, either individually or through their consortia, to enable discovery of and access to Springer content through these services.

OCLS WorldCat Local

The WorldCat knowledgebase provides resolver services to a library’s subscribed e-content to deliver that fulltext to the user in real-time. The WorldCat knowledge base combines data about a library's licensed content and linking features that enable access to that content. An inventory of the titles to which your library or consortium subscribes. Includes the range of coverage for each title and embargo periods. Updated by your library, content partners or OCLC's harvesting program.


Discovery Service Implemenation Guide: Best Practices