Reference works

Springer Reference works provide access to living editions of reference works, across STM, humanities and the social sciences, continuously updated through a dynamic, peer-review publishing process.

The advantages of choosing Springer 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

English-language Reference works

Part of the Springer eBook collections, the Springer and Palgrave Reference works offer digital versions of hundreds of reference works to provide university faculty, staff and students, as well as corporate researchers, with premium reference materials that have been authored by the leading researchers and practitioners from around the globe.

Springer Reference DE - German-language Reference works

Springer Reference DE delivers high-quality content, published in German-language reference works. Available at and fully integrated in SpringerLink, this collection offers a wide range of reference works asscoiated to different subject areas, such as Medicine, Engineering, Economics and Social Sciences.
In addition to the static eBooks, updates and new findings are frequently published in the living reference editions.
Please note that the German-language Reference Works are available as seperate collection and therefore not included in the German eBooks collections.

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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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