Springer's metadata policy
As Springer takes into account the growing need for freely available metadata we are making our original MARC records available under a Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license for free use. The CC0 license applies for all Springer MARC21 and MARCxml records offered through the MARC download tool. For OCLC Springer MARC records the applies.
FTP option for Springer MARC records
Customers who prefer FTP delivery of MARC records should email MARC@Springer.com and include ALL of the following information:
- Please provide the contact name and email of the responsible staff member(s)
- Uploads will be made to a Springer FTP site for you to download the data, with your own login credentials.
- If your processes require uploads to your own FTP instead, please provide the address, credentials to access and the folder to use; please note that read/write access on your FTP site is needed
- Please tell us which Springer packages you have purchased, including copyright year(s), e.g. Math and Statistics CRY 2013
- Please tell us the frequency of updates you would like (the standard is monthly but shorter intervals are possible)
- If you have any other questions on this service, please include them in your email
We will confirm via email when you can start to use the FTP service, which will remain in effect indefinitely.
*Note: this service applies only to Springer (not OCLC) MARC records, nor is it available for eBook title lists
Forthcoming titles and eBooks without eRights
The forthcoming report is typically updated the first week of each month:
The 'no erights' list includes titles added through October 2013. Since November 2013, newly listed titles can be found in the 'Deleted MARC records' download option in the form above.
SpringerProtocols MARC Record Archive Files
These files are not available in the above tool:
Book Series Archives
The pre-2005 titles in the Springer major bookseries are in the process of being linked to Springer Book Archives. In order to enable you to pull the complete records set for titles prior to 2005, for Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Lecture Notes in Mathematics and Lecture Notes in Physics are available in the following file:
MARC Records for the Italian Language Packages
These are the Springer MARC records for the Springer eBook collection of Italian language titles.
- The packages range from 2005 till 2013, year to date.
- The Italian language collection is exclusively available in Italian speaking countries.
The Complete Book Series List
At any time you can consult our complete book series list by clicking on the "advanced search" option at the top right of this and all springer.com pages. The top part of the advanced search page shows a link called:
MARC Record Corrections & Retractions
Springer Book Archives (SBA) Collection Updates, January 2015
As the result of metadata updates made in December 2014, many SBA titles have been reassigned collections. MARC records and title lists are now updated.
- No SBA customers lose access as a result of these changes
- Most SBA customers have gained access to additional titles
- All SBA customers who purchased prior to 1 January 2015 are affected and should carefully read the instructions to update records accordingly
These changes are now reflected on SpringerLink entitlement lists as well.
Important message about MARC delivery update 10 December 2015
Previously, we informed you that we suspended the release of new MARC records. As a result of the integration of Palgrave Macmillan eBooks in SpringerLink, a set of new eBook subject collections have been setup while quality checks were performed.
We implemented large amounts of new data in our back-end systems and we are now showing the new subject collections in the downloader tool below.
In addition to the implementation of the new subject collections, we have also performed a clean-up of our data. As with any clean up that results in changes in eBook subject collection or copyright years, we will make sure that no customer loses access to titles.
Please note that the migration of Palgrave Connect titles is still in progress. Therefore, the URLs and DOI-links in the Palgrave titles might not all resolve correctly to SpringerLink. Therefore access on Palgrave Connect remains in place until we have concluded all quality checks.
An overview of all titles affected, please click here.
Should there be any further questions, please feel free to contact us.
Access Relevant Data Clean-Ups March 1st, 2014
To improve the data consistency between SpringerLink and Springer MARC records Springer has updated subject collection, language and copyright year data fields for eBooks (both SBA and contemporary collections). This resulted in:
- changes of MARC records released on March 1st 2014, and
- the number of titles per subject collection on SpringerLink
-- Access --
Customers will NOT lose SpringerLink access to any titles because of any of these changes. However, the number of titles in each subject collection may be different than prior to this project. These changes are the results of subject collection and language assignment updates. As a result of these corrections, some customers will have access to additional content that they have not previously. All changes are complete as of 28 February.
-- Why is this project necessary? --
SpringerLink uses a different source of metadata from the downloader tool, which provides both Springer MARC records and eBook title lists. Over time, the different sources have resulted in discrepancies due to an outdated workflow that is being corrected. This project ensures that title lists and numbers match in both sources.
-- MARC Records --
The MARC records changes concern only language and copyright year and not subject collections (which determine eBook package) but please note that a language correction has in most cases a change of the eBook package as a result. The new and corrected records are available on the downloader on March 1st. OCLC will update their collection sets accordingly.
We recommend replacing existing records with the corrected MARC records in your library catalog. A list with corrected records is available below. This list only contains changes of MARC records, changes on SpringerLink that don’t affect the MARC records are excluded from the list.
-- SpringerLink --
Subject collection (= eBook package) corrections were made on SpringerLink to ensure that the data is consistent with the MARC records. This means that the eBook package information in the MARC record was already correct and we adjusted the data on SpringerLink only. The clean-ups of SpringerLink data have include copyright year and language changes too. The reason is that the MARC record and the titles lists from the MARC downloader were already correct but the information on SpringerLink was not. As a reminder, none of the changes described here result in lost access to any purchased content.
The MARC download tool has been enhanced with the option to download lists that include deleted MARC records (= Retractions). Deleted records are those that were once included on the downloader but have since been removed because the content is not available on SpringerLink. The functionality can be selected under “Format/Deleted MARC Records” and works like the usual selection of records and titles lists. This functionality replaces the retraction excel lists published here the year before.
MARC records for Open Access eBooks and Journals
Springer has a growing number of Open Access eBooks and Journals. MARC records for these titles can be found here. We encourage libraries to catalog these titles. Open Access eBook records are included in the records from the downloader tool as well.