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Content and fields covered

SpringerLink, Springer-Verlag's database, provides full-text access to all the journals published by this international publisher as well as access to book collections for which establishments have subscribed.

Fields covered

  • Multidisciplinary database in Science, Technology and Medicine
  • Strengths:

Electronics and computer science
Chemistry and materials science
Social sciences, economy and management


  • Over 2,600 journals including 1,900 peer-reviewed journals


Accessing SpringerLink

  • SpringerLink is remotely accessible from the ENT platform (digital workspace) or the library's website (after identification).
  • The subscription fee paid by each establishment to access this resource is based not only on the scope of the subscription (number of titles and how old a journal is) but also of course on the number of members (students, professors, researchers, staff) of the university community. It is for this reason that individuals who do not belong to this community cannot access the resource and that PhD students are not authorised to download articles for a third party such as a company.
  • Articles are protected by copyright and cannot be reproduced without the publisher's consent.

Archives accessible from libraries

logo licences nationales

Special licences have been the subject of negotiations between the publisher and an association of French players involved in the field of scientific and technical documentation and information. Since 2012, within the Licences nationales (French licences) framework, the Springer archives are accessible online for any reader belonging to a French institution  of higher education, even if the institution itself hasn't subscribed to Springerlink.

The following is a list of the accessible content: 

·         The archives of over 1,000 scholarly journals published by Springer between the beginning and 1996.

·         Over 7,500 ebooks published up to 2004 and belonging to the following ebook series:

Advances in Biochemical Engineering/ Biotechnology

Advances in Polymer Science

Advances in Solid State Physics

Lecture Notes in Computer Science

Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences

Lecture Notes in Earth Sciences

Lecture Notes in Mathematics

Lecture Notes in Physics

Lecture Notes in Physics Monographs

Mathematical Programming Studies

Progress in Colloid and Polymer Science

Reviews of Physiology, Biochemistry and Pharmacology

Springer Tracts in Modern Physics

Structure & Bonding

Topics in Applied Physics

Topics in Current Chemistry

Libraries under the French Ministry of Culture can also provide their readers with access to these archives (contact them for more information on the terms of access to this resource).

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To cite this guide

Douilly, Laurence, Colnot, Agnès, Belvèze, Damien. "Using SpringerLink". In UEB (Université Européenne de Bretagne). Form@doct. Rennes: UEB, September 2013 (last updated on xxx 2013). Available at:


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