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Licensing with Springer Nature

Access to Springer Nature content can be licensed on an annual basis through a single agreement for all platforms, including SpringerLink and A current licence provides both current access and continuing access to all material published during your licence supply period.

A Springer Nature licence is available to academic institutions, governments and corporations and is purchased by everyone from small colleges on a single site to global organizations with multiple locations. Tailored licensing options are based on the population served and its research intensity.

We also work with consortia of various types and sizes and welcome discussion with all consortium managers. A consortium should consist of at least five member institutions. The benefits for the consortium include discounts on list price. Members have the flexibility to select the publications they want to include, or Springer Nature can work with the consortium to create customised packages.


To Librarians

Account Administration: Control and update all your institution's subscription information including adding IP ranges, associating new license IDs and changing contact details.

COUNTER-compliant usage reports: Consistent, credible and compatible usage reports are provided for all Nature Research publications, conforming to the international code of practice.

Accessible customer services

Promotion tools: Tools to promote subscriptions within your institution are available to print or download from our Librarian site:

E-mail alerts: Sign-up to receive the latest news on all Springer Nature publications on and SpringerLink. Messages are tailored for your region or your site license holdings.

Account Development Services: Every Springer Nature client is assigned a dedicated Account Development Specialist for post purchase support. Our experts collaborate with customers to optimize usage of licensed electronic resources. Your Account Development Specialist is dedicated to helping your library achieve the best return on investment.

To Users

Desktop access 24/7: Access to full text HTML or PDF articles from every recognized desktop, 24 hours a day.
Mobile-optimized content: Platforms hosting content are equipped with responsive design of headers and menus allows for optimal browsing on a desktop, tablet or phone

Advance Online Publication (AOP): The latest research papers published online up to two months ahead of print publication.

Web feeds (RSS): A very convenient way of staying up to date with the right information, users can tailor their selection of RSS (Really Simple Syndication) web feeds from to keep track of our latest content and to receive the subjects that matter most to them.

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"Export citation" & "Export references": Valuable services that enable users to download key information into their personal bibliographic databases organize references and images and create bibliographies and figure lists instantly from an article.