User access to SpringerLink and Springer for R&D content

Springer uses a variety of methods to authenticate access:

  • Access via IP recognition: A user accessing the site from within the IP range of a recognized SpringerLink customer will be able to access all content purchased by that institution without having to login to their account. To set-up IP addresses please email online service

  • Access via personal login: A user can have their own personal SpringerLink account associated with your organization account. This will allow the user to login and access your content from anywhere. To set up see: Associate users / set up remote access via a login account

  • Access via http referrer: The site allows institutions/organizations to provide partner sites with the capability of HTTP referrer so that partner sites and societies can access the same content as the referring institutions/organizations.

  • Login via Shibboleth or Athens:
    Athens allows individuals to use single sign-on to access web resources, thus reducing the administrative burden for librarians and information managers. Springer continues to support customers who choose Athens access. General information about OpenAthens is available on their site.

    Shibboleth is a standards based, open source software package for web single sign-on, allowing sites to make informed authorization decisions for individual access of protected online resources in a privacy-preserving manner. Springer currently supports access via the institution login located in the login area on the right side of the screen in the masthead. General information about Shibboleth is available on the InCommon site. This site is not affililated with Springer Nature.

  • Access via proxy: Institutions need to set up a proxy server (EZproxy is a common example) on their side, and the proxy IP is added to their institutional account at Springer.

  • Access via Single Sign-On: Visit our dedicated page for SpringerLink Single Sign-On configuration instructions.

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