The Springer Nature Author Affiliate Program

As one of the world’s leading providers of scientific and professional literature, Springer Nature has published the works of prominent researchers and authors for more than 170 years. The Springer Nature Author Affiliate Program is available for all Springer Nature print and eBook authors, offering them the opportunity to share in the online success of their own publications.

Once you’ve registered for the program, you can easily and conveniently earn cash money with your own website, blog or social network! All you need to do is create a special link that promotes your publications, then post the link on your own website, in your blog or in your emails. Every time someone clicks on this link and subsequently places an order from the Springer Shop, you will receive a cash commission (currently 30% of the net purchase price).

Set up your own free Author Affiliate account todayand start collecting a lucrative commission with every new order!

It only takes a few easy steps:

Sign up for free

Go to the CJ Affiliate Network, and register for the Springer Nature Author Affiliate Program free of charge. If you’re already registered in CJ, you can find our international profile (German and English) using the ID 4849844.

Be activated

We will then check your website (normally within three working days) and welcome you as a new partner, in keeping with our Terms of Participation.

Integrate our ads

You can feel free to choose from our broad selection of advertising tools. You might prefer to use a link, or one of our eye-catching banners instead. How you draw users’ attention to your books in the Springer Shop is up to you!

Get commission

For every completed order that was initiated by clicking on one of our advertising tools on your website, you will receive a commission of 30%.

We carefully check every registration request to ensure that only Springer Nature authors can join and the program and profit from the program’s advantages.
The process consists of two parts. So that we can clearly identify you as a Springer Nature author, you will need to provide the following information during the registration process with our partner, CJ by Conversant.
Website: Here, please enter your own website or the name of your blog. If you have no website, you can either enter your corporate website or the website of the university you work for.
Website descriptions: Please provide a detailed description of your company (in your own words) and enter the ISBN(s) of your publication(s).
If you fail to provide this information, we cannot guarantee your acceptance to the program.

Your benefits:

✓ Commission: 30% on every purchase of your publications

✓ Advertising Tools: Eye-catching tools with various logo and banner formats. Download our Admedia Guide

✓ Product lists: Product data with images

✓ Cookie duration: 30 days

✓ Support: Fast and personal support, provided by our Springer Shop Affiliate Team  

Join the Springer Nature Author Affiliate Program today, and start reaping the benefits.

Register today!

Contact:

If you have any questions or comments on the Springer Nature Author Affiliate Program, simply send us a mail at authors-affiliates@springer.com. If you have questions on your publications, your Springer Nature Program Planner will be happy to assist you. 

FAQ

What is the Springer Nature Author Affiliate Program?

The Springer Nature Author Affiliate Program allows you to earn money by promoting your publications on your website, in social networks or in emails, linking your works to the Springer Shop. Visitors to your website can then use these Affiliate Links to order your products from our online shop. Every time a customer follows one of these links and makes a purchase with us, you receive a commission on the sale.

How can I join the Springer Author Affiliate Program?

Our Springer Nature Author Affiliate Program is jointly managed with our partner CJ. As an author with the Springer Nature Publishing Group, you can register for the program here. Once your application has been reviewed and approved, you’ll receive an email with your membership information and a set of guidelines to help you get started.

What is CJ?

CJ Affiliate by Conversant (formerly Commission Junction) is one of the most prominent Affiliate Networks in the world, and coordinates tracking, reporting and commission payments for our Springer Nature Author Affiliate Program partners.

Which authors are eligible for the program?

Principally speaking, every print or eBook author with the Springer Nature Publishing Group can join our Affiliate Program. Certain types of online platforms are not eligible, including but limited to those that directly contain, are connoted with, or include links leading to the following content:

  • Erotic and pornographic material
  • Glorification of violence, depictions of violence, or weapons
  • Politics
  • Illicit drugs
  • Potentially criminal content, especially hate speech
  • Illegal content in general, including content that violates third-party rights

In this regard, please consult our Terms of Participation when you register via CJ.

What conditions do I have to fulfill to join the Springer Nature Author Affiliate Program?

To join the program, you simply need to have released at least one publication with the Springer Nature Publishing Group (with a print or eBook ISBN), and have a valid email address for registration.

Will it cost me something to join the Springer Nature Author Affiliate Program?

No, signing up is completely free of charge. According to the Publisher Service Agreement with CJ by Conversant, which all publishers have to assent to when they first register, all accounts that fail to generate any “commission-eligible” transactions in a six-month timeframe will be deactivated, and a non-refundable fee for inactive accounts (Dormant Account Fee (DAF)) amounting to USD $10 will be charged for each such account. If an account had a positive balance when it was deactivated, the DAF (USD $10) will be deducted from that amount. The DAF will continue to be charged on a monthly basis, until the account balance reaches USD $0, at which time the account will be deactivated.

However, for the Springer Nature Author Affiliate Program we have concluded a special arrangement with our partner CJ, so that no Dormant Account Fees will apply to these accounts. If a fee is charge to your account, please contact us at: authors-affiliates@springer.com.

How will I be rewarded?

The Springer Nature Author Affiliate Program is based on revenue sharing. Every time a customer follows one of the links you created and makes a purchase from the Springer Shop, you will receive a commission on the sale (currently 30% of the net purchase price).

Who should I contact if I have a question?

You can find the answers to many of your questions at the CJ Support Center. To learn more about the latest program functions, and to see real-time information on the outcomes and commission figures, log in to you Affiliate Account. You can also feel free to send us an email: authors-affiliates@springer.com.

If you encounter technical problems or have related questions, please mail: publisher_de@cj.com.

If you have questions regarding your publications, or have an idea for a future publication, please contact your Springer Nature Program Planner.

Once I’ve registered, what happens next?

Once you’ve registered, you will receive a welcome email from CJ, which includes general tips on getting started, your Affiliate Link, and information on how to register in the CJ Affiliate Center–where you can view your current orders, revenues and visitors, browse different advertisement-placement options, and receive further support. Please note, however, that this step does not mean your registration for the Springer Nature Author Affiliate Program has been approved; the contractual agreement for your official participation in the Author Affiliate Program will only enter into effect once you have received a confirmation from Springer Nature, in which we welcome you to the program.

Can I use the advertising tools anywhere I want to on my website?

Yes. Once you join our Affiliate Program, you can flexibly use our advertising tools and text-links anywhere on your website, or on your networks, to promote your publications. Optimal placement is vital to maximizing your click-rates, which in turn maximizes revenues and increases your commission. In other words, the better placed your advertisements are, the more you’ll earn. Please be sure that you only use text-links, logos and advertising imagery provided by CJ.

How do I create direct links to my products in the Springer Shop?

You can find detailed information on the available options in our Advertising Guide. Download it now!

How can I measure success?

In your Affiliate Account, go to “Reports” to analyze your visitor numbers, call up detailed statistics, prepare reports, check your payments…and much more!

How is the commission calculated?

Simply post or insert the Affiliate Link provided to you on your website, in your blog, your social media channels or your email correspondence. Every time a visitor follows your Affiliate Link to our site, the system records it and sends a temporary cookie to the visitor’s computer. When the visitor pays for a product purchase, the Affiliate system automatically searches for and finds the cookie, triggering a new credit on your account for the agreed-upon commission–and it all works completely automatically! The commission is based on the net revenues that the customer actually pays and Springer ultimately receives, i.e. deducting any unpaid purchases and returned products.

When will I be paid, and who will make the payment?

CJ issues payments to participating authors on behalf of Springer Nature. The commission will be transferred to your account after 60 days, provided it matches or surpasses the minimum value of EUR 25. If the amount is less than EUR 25, the amount will be carried over to the following payment period.

How can I best advertise my publications?

  • Whenever you discuss or present one of your books, it’s a good opportunity to use an Affiliate Link.
  • Make brief, concise posts with your Affiliate Link on Twitter or Facebook.
  • Let everyone on your emailing list or in your business network know that your publication is now available at the Springer Shop.
  • Insert our advertising tools (links, banners, etc.) on your own website or blog. You can find more information on this topic in our Advertising Guide.

How can I ensure compliance with the German Fixed Book Pricing Act (Buchpreisbindungsgesetz)?

Based on the German Act on Fixed Book Prices (Buchpreisbindungsgesetz), end customers must not be afforded any economic benefits when concluding a contract (no bonus systems, no cash-back or refund compensation systems). The Affiliate may not pass on their commission or part of it to a third party nor commit to do so. Furthermore, the Affiliate may not himself/herself purchase a book using an item of Advertising Material; in such a case no commission shall be due.

Can I take part in the program even if I have no website?

Yes! During the registration process, you will be asked about your website. If you have no website, you can either enter your corporate website or the website of the university you work for.

Does Springer have any recommendations on how to boost sales?

Use text, deep links and/or the Springer Button; these tend to produce the highest sale-click conversions. Be sure to use our advertising tools in the most prominent areas of your site. Further, use your network of contacts to actively draw attention to your publication; Affiliate Links can be helpful here.

Why could my registration request be denied / why was it denied?

Participation in the program is exclusively reserved for authors of the Springer Nature publishing group. So that we can clearly identify you as a Springer Nature author, you will need to provide the following information during the registration process; otherwise your registration request may be denied.

Website: Here, please enter your own website or the name of your blog. If you have no website, you can either enter your corporate website or the website of the university you work for.

Website description: Please provide a detailed description of your company (in your own words) and enter the ISBN(s) of your publication(s).

If you didn’t enter this information during the first step, you can subsequently enter it in your CJ account. To do so, log in and click on Account > Network profile (in the upper left-hand corner). You’ll now see the “Edit” mode on the right-hand side, where you can complete your information.

I received a notification that my account will soon be deactivated. What should I do next?

According to the Publisher Service Agreement with CJ, which all publishers have to assent to when they first register, all accounts that fail to generate any “commission-eligible” transactions in a six-month timeframe will be deactivated, and a non-refundable fee for inactive accounts (Dormant Account Fee (DAF)) amounting to USD $10 will be charged for each such account. If an account had a positive balance when it was deactivated, the DAF (USD $10) will be deducted from that amount. The DAF will continue to be charged on a monthly basis until the account balance reaches USD $0, at which time the account will be deactivated.

However, for the Springer Nature Author Affiliate Program we have concluded a special arrangement with our partner CJ, so that no Dormant Account Fees will apply to these accounts. If a fee is charged to your account, please contact us at: authors-affiliates@springer.com.

To avoid deactivation, or to reactivate a dormant account, the following aspects should be kept in mind:

Notification: 30 days before your account is deactivated, you will automatically receive an email from CJ. If you act promptly after receiving the mail, you may be able to avoid the deactivation of your account.

Reactivation: If your account has been deactivated, you can reactivate it by simply contacting the CJ Account Manager and entering the requested information; you must do so no later than 6 months (180 days) after your account was deactivated.

CJ issues payments to participating authors on behalf of Springer Nature. The commission will be transferred to your account on a 60 days basis, provided it matches or surpasses the minimum value of EUR 25. If the amount is less than EUR 25, the amount will be carried over to the following payment period.

Can I also take part in the program if I am one of several authors for a publication?

Yes, in that case each author can register for the program separately and promote the joint publication on his or her own channels (e.g. website, blog, business profile or email distribution list). Each will have their own affiliate account, ensuring remuneration is per author.

I am self-employed and don’t have a VAT identification number. What should I enter under tax information?

If you don’t have a VAT identification number, you can simply leave the field blank.