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Claudia Barzen

Measure the impact of a book


Hello from steaming hot Heidelberg! This year, which marks Springer’s 175th anniversary, we are experiencing a memorably hot summer. And while writing this blog post, I’m hoping that our office cafeteria serves iced coffee in the afternoon… With this in mind I chose the following book title Cool Math for Hot Music and will use it as an example to show you the latest enhancements to our Bookmetrix platform.

Thanks to a strong team of new developers who quickly grasped both the importance and the potential of Bookmetrix, new services are being prototyped and released at a high pace. So it is rapidly becoming a versatile platform for book metrics and book discovery that offers real benefits for authors, readers, and librarians (not to mention Springer Nature colleagues) alike.

Author affiliation information based on GRID

Digital Science’s GRID is a Global Research Identifier Database that currently includes 74.5K research organizations. We have imported all these affiliations, which will help us to provide reporting on an institution’s reach and publication output.

Get report: print/download your book’s report

By clicking the GET REPORT button on a publication’s Bookmetrix details page, you can request a report that gives you the full overview of its annual and current usage, citation, readership and any other available data. The report will be sent to you immediately via email.

Subscribe to monthly updates

The SUBSCRIBE button will make sure you receive a monthly update on the chosen book’s performance. You will get an email that links you to a page with the latest changes in downloads, citations, mentions, reviews or Mendeley readers.

Like what you see? – Order eBooks with just a click

Bookmetrix data helps readers to decide if a book would be useful for their own work. If you decide that a particular book meets your needs, click GET BOOK to seamlessly order the book from our web shop or – if you are already a customer – read it on SpringerLink.

Author service

We are also excited about the collaboration with other Springer Nature platform teams. Thanks to their developers, it is now possible to embed Bookmetrix data on authors’ personal MySpringer pages. Authors can now get the full overview: their list of publications, their personal free eBooks, their books’ annual performance reports, and – delivered by Bookmetrix – the latest information on the book’s impact.


We continue to improve the service quality and have now increased Bookmetrix’s speed: book and chapter details pages now load ca. 26% faster! Our UX (User Experience) specialists are conducting interviews with customers and colleagues and are working on a redesign of the book details pages; as we add new types of information, we want to make sure the pages remain easy to navigate.

Stay tuned!

Related reading: Springer’s 175th anniversary


I searched the internet for a while with all kinds of keyword combinations of “automobile,” “chemistry,” “marketing“ “vintage,” etc. and after thoroughly checking the various results lists I found an article published by the American Chemical Society in 1974 entitled ‘Analytical Chemistry and consumerism in the automobile.’ Quite a good piece for a few of my funnier areas of interest, sure, but it took me more time to discover than I anticipated and a more recent publication would have made me even happier. Perhaps impossible!? Not so with semantic search technology.

Now think about a more realistic scenario, e.g. in cancer research. Let’s say you are a researcher dealing with the challenges in gallbladder cancer and trying to identify an association between glutathione S-transferase and this cancer. You quickly do a keyword search on SpringerLink, which has proven to be a great source for papers in medicine. You find useful articles using both the quick and advanced search function directly on the site. But you’d like to feel more inspired by what’s going on–not only in your core fields of interest, but beyond, too.

Here’s what you do: you click on the ‘Related Content’ tab underneath one of your selected articles. And that’s where semantic search technology comes in handy. Through Springer’s pilot project with UNSILO (unsilo.com) and their technology embedded in SpringerLink, you are able to find numerous related biomedical documents.

To explain in plain English, UNSILO’s semantic technologies can leverage the context of terms and phrases that appear in research articles. Rather than basing a search on keywords that were assigned to the article manually, their algorithm characterizes the article by identifying so called ‘concepts’, which were found in the article and are in common use among authors of similar articles. On SpringerLink, you can see which concepts a publication is tagged with.

UNSILO concepts

Choose your preferred view: a table (as shown above) or if you click the button “Open Relationship Map”, you get a graphically visualized format (below). By placing your mouse over the document icons in the graph, you can see the titles of related articles that may be of relevance. Clicking on the articles’ titles leads you to their abstracts or full texts. From the concept list (highlighted in red above) you can choose additional relevant concepts to get a list of articles that match your interest.

UNSILO relationship map

You may discover concepts you hadn’t thought about before, which in my opinion is the real beauty of this technology: you can find great articles to inspire new thinking for your work.

Get to know what UNSILO’s technology can do for you on SpringerLink. Play around with the concepts, find related articles and share your feedback with us. We are always looking to improve!

In the meantime I will be exploring newly discovered content at the intersections of chemistry, marketing and the vintage automobile world 😉


Following the formation of our new company Springer Nature, now all Springer authors receive a 40% author discount on book orders, no matter the format (eBook or print) or order source (web shop or via customer service). Does your author contract still say 33%? Don’ worry — it’s now 40% for you, too.

Application is easy

  • Log into your MySpringer account to begin (access via springer.com/authors in the blue MySpringer box on the left).
  • Search for the desired book or browse our catalogue.
  • The discounted book prices will be displayed to you automatically.

Happy book browsing and reading! And remember: Our eBooks can be read on all common devices, and for print we offer free shipping & handling globally.

*Applies to book authors. And chapter authors. And article authors, too!

A smart online tool has made the authors’ (and publishers’) lives much easier. Your article proofs are accessible online and you can make changes right there. Edit your proof online with the look and feel of a common text editing software. eproofing figure If you spot a typo in a mathematical equation, it can be fixed online, too. Figure captions can also be edited. If our production editors have questions to you, you can read them and reply online. So, it’s all in one place and you don’t have to read through your emails and sort various versions of proof pdf-files.

At Springer we’ve been using e.Proofing for the online proofing procedure as described above. While our authors like the frontend, we too are pleased with the backend. e.Proofing transfers your text edits into XML format and that’s what is needed to publish your work in electric and print formats. Re-typing of your proof corrections can be avoided – which eliminates a source for errors and your article can be published sooner.

Publication proofing stepsAll major browsers and mobile devices support e.Proofing. So, you might choose to comfortably sit in your garden chair and finalize your proofs on your tablet. If you still like to keep a pdf-file of your proof, just download it after you finished and submitted your proof.

For those of you using LaTeX, we regret that e.Proofing isn’t ready yet. But on a side note; especially for you we will launch a pilot project with Overleaf that helps you to create and submit your paper to a selection of our journals…

Now let me end this article with more good news about e.Proofing: it has been made available for Springer book and chapter manuscripts, too!

More information on the publishing process can be found on our website. Your feedback is welcome, don’t hesitate to leave a comment.

In parts this article has recently been published on the BioMed Central Blog.