Springer launches SpringerLink mobile app for iPhone

Springer has launched the SpringerLink mobile app for iPhone and iPod Touch. It is free to download from the iTunes App Store providing access to the science platform www.springerlink.com containing articles and chapters from over 2,000 peer-reviewed journals and 49,000 books. In total SpringerLink is offering over 5.4 million documents spanning every area of science, technology and medicine.

The SpringerLink mobile app includes a number of features like personalized notifications, save and share abilities, advanced search, document details with abstracts and full-text views available to institutional subscribers. In addition, the app provides users with a multi-functional home screen, allowing for keyword  and advanced searches. Included in the advanced search is a save search feature that allows the user to save any advanced search so that it may be quickly executed from the home screen. The user can be notified from the app’s home screen when any new chapters or articles are published that meet the criteria of his or her saved search, allowing a user to specify his or her areas of interest and quickly check for new, relevant publications.

Free content in the form of article abstracts, over 127,000 open access research articles, plus book and journal covers and other document details are included in the app.  Full-text is available to all users with institutional subscriptions.  Users may instantly view materials while connected to a subscriber-based network. In cases where a user is not connected to the network but has a valid username and password, he or she will be presented with a link to log into SpringerLink.com.  Upon log-in, the user will be redirected to the full-text PDF of the original request.  Users can then share and save documents via email, Facebook and Twitter directly from the SpringerLink mobile app.

“The SpringerLink mobile application represents Springer’s continued focus on providing useful digital tools to researchers, students and professionals,” said Patricia Cleary, eProduct Management at Springer. “As more and more research is done away from the desk and on the go, it is our responsibility to make sure our customers are equipped to conveniently access Springer’s vast collection of content.”

Springer’s content platform SpringerLink (www.springerlink.com) provides electronic access to more than 2,000 scientific and specialist journals, more than 48,000 eBooks, more than 1,500 book series and about 200 reference works. The publications cover topics from 12 subject collections such as mathematics, computer science, medicine, engineering, economics, law, humanities and social sciences. It also makes available 25,000 searchable online protocols in life sciences and biomedicine.