Discovery @ Springer Nature

Springer Nature is committed to the dissemination of information to discovery services for simple integration into library systems. The following provides further information on Springer Nature’s involvement with various system vendors.

Discovery Services

A discovery service is an online tool based on a central index that enables libraries to search seamlessly across a wide range of content. Discovery services provide our customers another method for finding Springer Nature content. The most frequently used web-scale discovery services are Ex Libris Primo, ProQuest Summon, EBSCO Discovery Service, and OCLC WorldCat Discovery. Customers are able to select the licensed packages to integrate the content into their catalog.
The discovery service vendors are given complete metadata and full text of our journals and eBooks, including contemporary and archival content. This allows these vendors to fully index our content to make it more discoverable. Springer Nature works closely with vendors to ensure the discoverability of our content.

Discovery Services providers overview

Link Resolvers providers overview


Abstracting and indexing

Discovery Services provide a single search platform across their internal centralized index, allowing their subscribers to search across multiple databases to discovery content easily. Abstracting and Indexing Services are usually more subject oriented, but they are similar to the Discovery Services in that they also provide search capabilities to their users. The abstracting and indexing process, content selection and acceptance processes vary from publisher to publisher. Some publishers follow the indexing procedure based on reviewing the metadata, including abstracts, and basic bibliographic information. Other publishers may review full-text materials to index content. Abstracting and Indexing Services such as Web of Science and PubMed are curated by human indexers, whereas Google Scholar does not utilize human indexers.

Springer Nature works with just about every A&I service, over 400 in total, through a dedicated A&I Department, and in close cooperation with our publishing editors.

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