Frequently Asked Questions

 

Click on a question to read the explanation:

What is SpringerReference.com?
Which titles can be found on SpringerReference.com?
Why do researchers need SpringerReference.com?
What is the difference between SpringerReference.com and free access encyclopedias?
What are the benefits of reference works published on SpringerReference.com?
What are the main citeria for a project published on SpringerReference.com?
How is SpringerReference.com related to SpringerLink?
Will there be links to other content on SpringerReference.com?
What are the different editorial responsibilities?
Who are the authors?
How can I become an author?
Who is monitoring the articles?
How is the content being published?
Is the content available in print?
Who can read the articles?
How do I cite an article?
How do I search for articles?
How do I edit an article?
How do I reset my login status?
How can I retrieve my lost password?
Who owns the copyright to content on SpringerReference.com?
Can I comment on articles?
How can I contact an author?


What is SpringerReference.com?

SpringerReference.com is forming a huge web of online knowledge in many scientific disciplines, consisting of large Encyclopedias, Handbooks, Dictionaries, Bibliographies and Data collections.

[Back to the Top]

Which titles can be found on SpringerReference.com?

SpringerReference.com contains the latest & forthcoming reference works from the Springer Reference program. All titles are works of tertiary literature together covering a wide range of subjects in science, technology and medicine.

[Back to the Top]

Why do researchers need SpringerReference.com?

To get selected critically assessed and always updated data in a specific field. With SpringerReference.com they can find all reference content in one platform. Offered through a powerful Web 2.0 platform with semantic search technology SpringerReference.com provides:

  • seamless usability across all content items;
  • no complicated navigation/search between different "books"
  • easy on-site generation and updating content.

[Back to the Top]

What is the difference between SpringerReference.com and free access encyclopedias?

SpringerReference.com offers a systematic and comprehensive collection of selected and critically evaluated data which is constantly up-dated. Through an accurate peer-reviewing system the scientific high quality of Springer content is guaranteed.
Springer reference works are available as pre-publication online on SpringerReference.com, and also as an e-reference on Springerlink and in a printed edition.
The articles on SpringerReference.com are written exclusively by invited Springer authors and their selected contributors. They are further monitored by an Editorial Board.

[Back to the Top]

What are the benefits of reference works published on SpringerReference.com?

References Works published on SpringerReference.com will make a project "live":

  • Content is updated constantly.
  • New entries can be added whenever needed.
  • New participants can be involved during the entire lifetime of a project.
  • Offers a live platform for constant scientific exchange.
  • Easy access to the manuscripts from everywhere at any time.
  • Editors and author can use the platform to create their own bio/CV page.

[Back to the Top]

What are the main criteria for a project published on SpringerReference.com?

In order to qualify as a reference work published on SpringerReference.com, a project must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Tertiary literature
  • Comprehensive
  • Covering the entire field
  • Critically reviewed by selected scientific experts
  • Articles should be continuously online updated.

[Back to the Top]

How is SpringerReference.com related to SpringerLink?

The content accumulated and constantly updated on SpringerReference.com will be published in regular intervals as e-reference on the SpringerLink platform. A print edition will still be offered.

[Back to the Top]

Will there be links to other content on SpringerReference.com?

The complete content on SpringerReference.com is fully searchable and is linked within one project as well as to other contents published on SpringerReference.com.

[Back to the Top]

What are the different editorial roles?

Participants can work on a project as

  • Editor-in-Chief,
  • Section-Editor,
  • and Main Author,

[Back to the Top]

Who are the authors?

Authors on SpringerReference.com are accredited scientists hand-picked by the Editors-in-Chiefs and Editorial Boards. Other invited Contributors may edit articles, but the decision whether to include the suggested changes lies with the responsible Main Authors.

[Back to the Top]

How can I become an author?

Please contact the Editorial Board members if you wish to participate as an Author.

[Back to the Top]

Who is monitoring the articles?

Main Authors are responsible for the content of their articles and their acceptance is necessary before edits are published. On top of this, the Editorial Board monitors the development of articles and ensures the suitability and uniformity of the articles.

[Back to the Top]

How is the content being published?

SpringerReference.com is published as a live project and can be acquired by subscription. In addition, The content accumulated and constantly updated on SpringerReference.com will be published at regular intervals as an e-reference on the SpringerLink platform. Print editions will also be offered.

[Back to the Top]

Is the content available in print?

Yes, titles are published in print and as an e-reference at regular intervals. A critical mass of articles in a specific field must be available to guarantee scientifically balanced content. All articles must be scientifically reviewed, approved by the Editorial Board and copy edited by Springer.
In addition, you can download individual articles in a printable PDF format in the live environment at any time.

[Back to the Top]

Who can read the articles?

SpringerReference.com is offered as a subscription to libraries and other institutions around the world. Users within the networks of these institutions have full access to the contents.

[Back to the Top]

How do I cite an article?

An article published on SpringerReference.com has to be cited as with a printed article. The citation contains the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) of the page together with a timestamp. Click on "cite" in the toolbar to obtain the citation text.

[Back to the Top]

How do I search for articles?

There are many ways to search:

  1. Project-wise by letter: Browse > Subject Area > Project Title > letter
  2. Direct via automatic suggestion: enter some letters of the title in the search field and articles containing them will be offered. The more you type, the more precise the results become.
  3. For authors and projects by using the advanced search.

Additionally, you can search for individual projects and authors.

[Back to the Top]

How do I edit an article?

Only invited contributors are able to edit articles. Please contact the Editorial Board if you are interested in becoming an author of a particular project.

How do I reset my login status?

If you're experiencing problems with your login status or the visibility of articles, try to reset your login status.

[Back to the Top]

How can I retrieve my lost password?

Enter the email address you registered with on the introductory page to have your password sent by email.

[Back to the Top]

Who owns the copyright to content on SpringerReference.com?

Copyright of contents on SpringerReference.com is owned mostly by Springer. In some individual cases this may vary and the copyright holder is given on the article page.

All content is protected by copyright. Any usage of SpringerReference.com content is permitted only with prior written permission of Springer. Please contact Springer here.

[Back to the Top]

Can I comment on articles?

Yes, by using the "comment" function in the toolbar to access a discussion forum for the article. Here you can post messages which will be read by all forum readers.

[Back to the Top]

How can I contact an author?

The simplest way is to post a comment on the forum. Please note that comments posted here can be read by all users. You can also visit the author's bio page which is visible on the article page.

[Back to the Top]