Reference works

Springer Nature STM and HSS References Portfolio

Springer Nature’s Major Reference Works (MRW) portfolio features trusted, peer reviewed, high profile trade and academic references from Palgrave Macmillan and Springer References. References span science, technology, medicine, humanities, social sciences, business, economics and more, and play an instrumental part as the foundational starting point for students, researchers, and professionals needing authoritative, expertly validated summaries of a field, topic or concept.

The advantages of choosing Springer Nature's Reference works:

  • Access to live reference works across every subject on SpringerLink
  • A world-class collection of scientific reference materials
  • Unique content will grow as updates & new reference work entries are added
  • High quality images

We have

  • 600+

    Reference works

  • 6,000+

     updates each year

Your benefits

For librarians

  • Online First publishing means that reference works in SpringerReference database will be available well in advance of print or static reference content.
  • Researchers can submit updates to topic entries for peer-review and publishing on the site.
  • Library and user training.

For researchers & students

  • A world-class collection of major reference works, dynamically updated and peer reviewed by leading scientists.
  • All entries citable by DOI, including updated material
  • The critical content that researchers need. Superior breadth and depth of reference works.
  • Complete access to all the latest living reference works across every subject.
  • An online community of scientific research. Researchers can contribute to the publication of leading edge research.

For authors

Authors have two methods of adding content within the  Peer-review process:

  • Upload file: An author works on his article offline and uploads the entire document at once
  • Online editing: An author works on the article, online and is immediately submitted for review.

Living References


Springer Nature’s MRWs are published online both as eReferences and so-called ‘Living References’ which are online first, real-time snapshots (article collections) of a reference work in development or being updated. In order to facilitate discoverability and usage, our MRWs are fully indexed, available on the SpringerLink online platform with links to other Springer Nature journals, eBooks, and other content, and linked to external indexing sites.



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