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SpringerLink is a free search platform provided by major scientific publisher Springer. The site hosts "nearly 5 million documents, including ebooks, journals, and reference works."[1] Unregistered users may search on SpringerLink for free with guest access, but full text content on the platform is behind a pay wall. Articles of interest can be purchased on a per-article basis. Open access articles published via the Springer Open division of the company will also be available from the SpringerLink platform.

Recent Updates

The SpringerLink platform was relaunched in 2010, and new features include:

  • "Semantic linking" between "related content across ebooks and journals."[1]
  • A "PDF Preview feature that provides all readers with a free look inside ebook chapters to be certain that the content matches their information needs."[1]
  • A "revised subject hierarchy."[1]
  • "The ability to search by citation."[1]


Users can either browse or search through the publications on SpringerLink. Users can browse the publications by:

  • Collection - Each collection is divided further into multiple subjects.
  • Featured library (Chinese Library of Science, Russian Library of Science)
  • Content type (Journals, Books, Book Series, eReferences, Protocols)
  • Title (alphabetical)

Users can also use the quick search tool bar or the advanced search to enter queries through multiple fields. The quick search fields include keyword, author or editor, publication, volume, issue, and page.The advanced search includes the options to search by keyword in full text, title and abstract, or title only. The advanced search also allows users to search by citation (including ISSN or ISBN), add category and date limiters, and order results by "most relevant first," "most recently published first," or alphabetical.

Once a search has been conducted, users can further refine their search results through a menu of filters under the heading "Books" to the left of the search results. Filter choices include collection, copyright year, SpringerLink date, content type, or language. If the user chooses the tab "Publication," located next to the "Books" tab in the filter menu, they can view a list of the "Most Relevant Publications."

Under the search results, icons indicate whether users can download a PDF of the document (often behind a pay wall), "Look Inside" the document to view selected pages, or view an HTML version of the document. Users can also use the "Tools" menu at the top of the page to turn on highlighting of keywords within the search results.

When users choose a full view of the document, they can also view a list of related documents by selecting the "Related" tab in the menu on the left side of the site. Other notable features of the full view of the document include the option to export citations and the full text preview, which shows a page from the full text version of the document.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "SpringerLink Relaunched With Semantic Linking and Content Previews." August 26, 2010. Information Today. Information Today website, http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/Digest/SpringerLink-Relaunched-With-Semantic-Linking-and-Content-Previews-69630.asp. Accessed on August 27, 2010.

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