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Springer Protocols FAQ For Librarians

What are Springer Protocols? 

Springer Protocols is a growing body of content published by Humana Press, an imprint of Springer Science+Business Media. Protocols are step-by-step procedure “recipes” organized in a standardized format that can be executed in a controlled laboratory environment. Springer Protocols comprises 25 years of protocols content.

What subject areas are covered by Springer Protocols? 

Springer Protocols contains a total of 15 subject collections:
• Biochemistry
• Bioinformatics
• Biotechnology
• Cancer Research
• Cell Biology
• Genetics/Genomics
• Imaging/Radiology
• Immunology
• Infectious Diseases
• Microbiology
• Molecular Medicine
• Neuroscience
• Pharmacology/Toxicology
• Plant Sciences
• Protein Science

What exactly is a protocol? 

Used primarily in the life sciences, protocols, like those contained in Springer Protocols, 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 Springer Protocols content is simultaneously available on SpringerLink.

How does one search Springer Protocols? 

All content on Springer Protocols can be found via standard and advanced search features as well as browse categories. These are:
• Category
• Series
• Volume
• Title
• Category
• Most Popular
Searches can also include:
• Wildcards
• Highlighted Terms

What is the difference between accessing Springer Protocols on springerprotocols.com vs. SpringerLink? 

Springer provides flexible options for librarians and end users. Accessing via SpringerLink allows librarians to manage all of their Springer holdings in 1 location; while providing the user-centric features that end users have come to expect from SpringerLink. Accessing via springerprotocols.com allows smaller libraries the ability to offer a standalone database of content specific to the needs of biotech and life sciences researchers. Springerprotocols.com also provides end users with special Web 2.0 features such as “Upload a Protocol” and a moderated “Comments” section. Both platforms provide full text and PDF access, counter level usage statistics and are available through your licensing manger. For a detailed listing of features by platform see the Springer Protocols Fact Sheet.

Can more than one person at a time access a Springer Protocol? 

Yes. When accessing the protocols content, there is no limit to concurrent user access within an institution to subscribed content.
Please note that access to protocols via SpringerLink will be instituting a limit on simultaneous users so a username can only be logged in by one person at a time, all others will be projected to protect against unauthorized use.

Will my constituents need any special software? 

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

How long can one use a Springer Protocol? 

Springer Protocols 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? 

Yes. Through SpringerLink’s and Springer Protocol's IP enable authentication, any user can access their institution’s protocols subscription through the campus’/corporation’s intranet.

Can pages of Springer Protocols be printed or saved? 

Yes, Springer Protocols and 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 Springer Protocols at this time. Customers can wither purchase the entire database via SpringerLink and springerprotocols.com or can purchase by subject unit via springerprotocols.com. Both are negotiated by Springer’s licensing managers.

What are the costs associated with each Springer Protocols collection? 

Pricing for Springer Protocols is based on the FTE count of the institution. It is available in the following tiers:
• Very Large
• Large
• Medium
• Small
• Very Small
For additional details please refer to any of the 2008 Springer Protocols price lists.

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

Springer Protocols packages are sold as an annual collection. Electronic access to the content via SpringerLink and www.springerprotocols.com is granted according to the terms of the current contract. Access is granted through SpringerLink and www.springerprotocols.com as long as the institution’s account remains active with Springer, in the form of an annual subscription.

Does Springer offer pay-to-use service? 

Not at this time.

Can I purchase Springer Protocols through a subscription agent? 

Springer Protocols are available via agents.

Are usage statistics available for Springer Protocols? 

Usage statistics are COUNTER compliant and available through the Institutional Home on SpringerLink, www.springerlink.com. Statistics for Springer Protocols are similar to eBooks and journals, e.g. PDF; full text downloads by title by month. Counter usage statistics will be available to consortia customers

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

Information can be found at www.springer.com/protocols, www.springerprotocols.com or by e-mailing springerprotocols@springer.com.

Can consortia purchase Springer Protocols? 

Yes. Please contact a Springer sales representative. Detailed sales information can be found on the Library Resources Page.

Does Springer Protocols provide subscribers with personalization features? 

All registered users can save searches, comment on and upload protocols, and save favorite protocols to the My Protocols area.

How many protocols are there in the Springer Protocols collection? 

The Springer Protocols collection contains approximately 18,000 protocols.

Does Springer Protocols have full text search? 

Yes. Springer Protocol’s search engine has full text search capabilities.

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? 

Librarians can go to www.springer.com/protocols, www.springerprotocols.com and visit the Library Resource Page. Complete the trial/quote request form and a sales representative will contact them to facilitate their request. They may also contact your Springer 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 Springer Protocols are decided upon by John Walker and the members of the Editorial Board based on the current climate of biomedical and life science research. Springer Protocols titles reflect not only the research currently being performed, but aims to cover traditional and time tested scientific methods, as well as emerging and anticipated areas of research. This allows Springer Protocols 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.