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For Librarians | Springer’s commitment to Digital Preservation

Springer’s commitment to Digital Preservation

The increase in electronic journals and conversion of library subscriptions to electronic-only creates a need for ensuring long-term availability of these electronic resources. Publishers and libraries are involved in many initiatives concerning digital archives. Springer is in the fore front when it comes to supporting these digital archive initiatives.

Some of the key digital archives Springer participates in are:

CLOCKSS service (Controlled LOCKSS) 

The mission of CLOCKSS is to create a community-governed partnership of publishers and libraries working to achieve a sustainable, globally distributed archive in order to ensure reliable, long-term access to scholarly e-content. For more information on how CLOCKSS works, visit


The mission of Portico is to preserve scholarly literature published in electronic form and to ensure that these materials remain accessible to future scholars, researchers, and students. For more information on how Portico works, visit

Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National Library of the Netherlands)  

The e-Depot of The National Library of the Netherlands is a digital archiving environment that ensures long-term access to digital objects which would otherwise be threatened by rapidly evolving software and hardware platforms as well as media decay. For more information, visit

German National Library 

The German National Library has initiated NESTOR – Network of Expertise in long-term Storage of digital Resources. The objective of the project is to create a competence network of long-term archival storage and long-term availability of digital resources in Germany. For more information, visit
Participation in these and other digital preservation initiatives ensures that Springer’s electronic files will not disappear or otherwise be inaccessible to the international research community.
For more information on Springer’s participation in these or other digital archives please contact libraryrelations@springer.com