Citations.Springer.com is a research tool that enables users to navigate the citation histories and citation relationships of scientific, medical, and technical publications from Springer’s content collection.

Citation information for all of Springer’s 9 million+ articles and chapters are extracted from CrossRef and compiled in one location; this allows the citation information for individual articles or entire publications to be browsed and compared.

Our citations database is updated in real time. New citations are added to Citations.Springer.com as soon as they become available in the CrossRef database.

Citations.Springer.com provides a unique way to quickly navigate the citation relationships of articles. On a citation details page, the user can view the complete citation profile of any Springer book chapter or journal article - including links to read each of the citing works online (both inside and outside of Springer’s content collection).


Is there a specific page that shows the citation information for a specific journal or book?

Not yet, journal and book pages may be added in a future release.

How can I view a list of the most downloaded articles from a journal or book?

In order to view the top most cited articles from a book/journal, either:

  • Execute a search for the journal/book title and then select the appropriate facet on the results page, or
  • Select the “See All” button under the journals/books facet on the home page and then select the appropriate journal/book title from the list. This will bring you to a results list showing the top-most cited chapter/articles from the appropriate publication.

What is the difference between the orange and the gray “Read Online” buttons?

Orange “Read Online” buttons lead to Springer articles and direct the user to a page within SpringerLink.com. Gray “Read Online” buttons lead to a chapter or article outside the Springer content collection – usually on the content site of another publisher.

About Springer

Springer Science+Business Media ( www.springer.com ) is a leading global scientific publisher, delivering quality content through innovative products and services. The company is also a trusted provider of local-language professional publications in Europe, especially in Germany and the Netherlands. In the science, technology and medicine (SMT) sector, the group publishes around 2,000 journals and more than 6,500 new books a year, as well as the largest STM eBook Collection worldwide. Springer has operations in about 20 countries in Europe, the USA, and Asia, and more than 5,000 employees.


CrossRef ( www.crossref.org ) is a collaborative reference linking service that functions as a sort of digital switchboard. It holds no full text content, but rather effects linkages through CrossRef Digital Object Identifiers (CrossRef DOI), which are tagged to article metadata supplied by the participating publishers. The end result is an efficient, scalable linking system through which a researcher can click on a reference citation in a journal and access the cited article. CrossRef's general purpose is to promote the development and cooperative use of new and innovative technologies to speed and facilitate scholarly research. CrossRef's specific mandate is to be the citation linking backbone for all scholarly information in electronic form.