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Springer Protocols FAQ For Librarians

What are Springer Protocols? 

The SpringerProtocols series is the world’s largest collection of biomedical and life science protocols with over 50,000 references. Protocols are step-by-step procedure “recipes” organized in a standardized format that can be executed in a controlled laboratory environment. Starting from 1980, SpringerProtocols comprises content from a number of prestigious book series, including the landmark Methods in Molecular Biology, as well as Neuromethods, Methods in Pharmacology and Toxicology, Methods in Molecular Medicine and Methods in Biotechnology.

What subject areas are covered by Springer Protocols? 

SpringerProtocols covers numerous subject areas, including:
• Biochemistry
• Bioinformatics
• Biotechnology
• Cancer Research
• Cell Biology
• Genetics/Genomics
• Molecular and Cellular Imaging
• Immunology
• Infectious Diseases
• Microbiology
• Molecular Medicine
• Neuroscience
• Pharmacology/Toxicology
• Plant Sciences
• Protein Science
• Stem Cell Biology
• Regenerative Medicine
• Virology

What exactly is a protocol? 

Used primarily in the life sciences, protocols, like those contained in SpringerProtocols, provide individual sets of instructions to allow scientists to recreate experiments in their own laboratory. They are documents that provide predefined written procedural methods in the design and implementation of experiments that describe the safety, bias, procedural, equipment, statistical methods, reporting, and troubleshooting standards to be used to conduct the experiment.

How is Springer Protocols related to SpringerLink? 

All SpringerProtocols content is hosted on SpringerLink.

How does one search Springer Protocols? 

Researchers can find and evaluate protocols for their projects on Springer Nature Experiments, the unique research solution for laboratory procedures. Developed by researchers for researchers, Springer Nature Experiments’ search ranking logic and filter options are specifically tailored and optimized for the protocols and methods article types, making it easier for users to find the most relevant content.
Please note that on can also find SpringerProtocols content on its native platform SpringerLink.

What is the difference between accessing SpringerProtocols on Springer Nature Experiments vs. SpringerLink? 

Springer Nature provides flexible options for librarians and end users.
The Springer Nature Experiments research solution has been designed to help solve researchers’ pain points when looking for protocols. As such, the entire search logic, ranking and methods are tailored to laboratory procedures so as to help scientists save valuable time.
Accessing via SpringerLink allows librarians to manage all of their Springer holdings in one location; while users can perform an integrated search with other contents licenced by their institution.
SpringerProtocols protocols are available both in PDF and full-text html.
COUNTER level usage statistics for SpringerProtocols are available on the SpringerLink admin portal.

Will my constituents need any special software? 

Users with an internet browser and Adobe Reader will be able to access SpringerProtocols in PDF. Users can download the reader at www.adobe.com. The protocols are also available in full-text html, which may be viewed directly on SpringerLink.

How long can one use a Springer Protocol? 

SpringerProtocols can be downloaded to one’s computer for future use. Online access will be granted for the duration of the subscription.

Can Springer Protocols be used off-campus/off-site? 

Currently, Springer Nature Experiments doesn’t have any authentication in place as it primarily allows users to find and evaluate relevant protocols and methods. The Experiments platform can be accessed from anywhere using the direct public url.
The full text content is hosted on the articles native sources SpringerLink (for SpringerProtocols) or Nature.com (for Nature Protocols and Nature Methods) and the access control is happening there on the native sites.

Can pages of Springer Protocols be printed or saved? 

Yes, SpringerProtocols can be both printed and saved. Users can download the PDF on to their computer. Full text can be saved via HTML.

What is the pricing model for the Springer Protocols collection? 

There are two pricing options available for SpringerProtocols at this time. Customers can take out a subscription to access the full collection (access only) or purchase archival rights (continuous access). Both are negotiated by Springer Nature’s licensing managers. You can find their contacts on our website.

For how long do I have access to a SpringerProtocols collection once it is purchased? 

For an access-only subscription to SpringerProtocols, access to the entire collection (searchable on Springer Nature Experiments and hosted on SpringerLink) is maintained for the duration of the license (typically in one-year increments).
For ownership purchases of SpringerProtocols content, (sold by copyright years), there is permanent, continuing access to the specific copyright year(s) purchased.

Does Springer offer pay-to-use service? 

At this time, we don't offer Pay-Per-View for individual chapters. However, it is possible to purchase either print or digital individual copies of each book volume.

Can I purchase Springer Protocols through a subscription agent? 

SpringerProtocols are available via agents.

Are usage statistics available for Springer Protocols? 

Usage statistics are COUNTER compliant and available through the Admin Portal on SpringerLink. Statistics for SpringerProtocols are similar to eBooks and journals, e.g. PDF; full text downloads by title by month. Metadata (MARC) is also available on the SpringerLink admin portal.

Where can librarians and users get more information about Springer Protocols? 

Information can be found on the SpringerProtocols product page on the Springer Nature website or by e-mailing experiments@springernature.com

Can consortia purchase Springer Protocols? 

Yes. Please contact a Springer Nature sales representative. Detailed sales information can be found on the Springer Nature website contact page.

How many protocols are there in the Springer Protocols collection? 

The SpringerProtocols collection contains over 50,000 protocols. 180 new book volumes and approximately 3,000 protocols get published every year.

What formats are Springer Protocols available in? 

All protocols can be viewed in PDF or full-text html format.

Are Springer Protocols available in different languages? 

Not at this time.

Where can I go to subscribe to Springer Protocols? 

If you are a librarian, you can go to the Springer Nature website, complete the trial / quote request form and a sales representative will contact you to facilitate your request. You may also contact your Springer Nature sales representative directly.

How often are Springer Protocols titles updated?  

Springer Protocol titles are updated as the science and technology discussed in the individual protocols develop, change, and progress. On average, the time between updates is 2-3 years, though some titles, where the field is changing rapidly (such as nanotechnology), these updates happen with more frequency.

How are Springer Protocols developed?  

The topics of SpringerProtocols are decided upon by Dr. John Walker and the members of the Editorial Board based on the current climate of biomedical and life science research. SpringerProtocols titles reflect not only the research currently being performed, but aim to cover traditional and time tested scientific methods, as well as emerging and anticipated areas of research. This allows SpringerProtocols to remain as comprehensive as possible. When a topic is identified by Dr. Walker and his board, an extensive search is begun for known experts in the field to compile a comprehensive cross section of the major protocols researchers need to know.