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Springer Protocols – get the FAQs!

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The Health Sciences Library is pleased to announce that we have purchased the Springer Protocols database.

1. What are SpringerProtocols?

The collection of reproducible laboratory protocols in the Life and Biomedical Sciences are step-by-step procedure “recipes” organized in a standardized format.  SpringerProtocols comprises more than 25 years of protocols content, currently contains over 31,000 protocols with about  2,000 new protocols added each year.

2. What subject areas are covered by SpringerProtocols?

SpringerProtocols contains a total of 15 subject collections:

  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biotechnology
  • Cancer Research
  • Cell Biology
  • Genetics/Genomics
  • Imaging/Radiology
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology/Toxicology
  • Plant Sciences
  • Protein Science

3. What exactly is a protocol?

A protocol provides a set of instructions for conducting an experiment, allowing a scientist to reproduce that experiment in his or her own laboratory. Protocols provide lists of all materials and equipment needed for the experiment, and then provide the step-by-step instructions for conducting it. They describe the safety, bias, procedural, equipment, statistical methods, reporting, and troubleshooting standards to be used to conduct the experiment. Protocols are used wherever biomedical or life science research is being conducted.

4. Can more than one person at a time access a Springer Protocol?

Yes. When accessing the protocols content, there is no limit to concurrent user access.

5. How long can one use a Springer Protocol?

SpringerProtocols can be downloaded to one’s computer for future use. Online access will be granted for the duration of the subscription.

6. Can SpringerProtocols be used off-campus/off-site?

Yes. Through SpringerLink’s and Springer Protocol’s IP enabled authentication, any user can access their institution’s protocols subscription through the campus’/corporation’s intranet. Individual users who register for an account while at an IP authenticated computer will later be able to access protocols while logged in off-campus/off-site.

7. Can pages of SpringerProtocols be printed or saved?

Yes, SpringerProtocols can be both printed and saved. Users can download the PDF onto their computer. Full text can be saved via HTML.

8. Does SpringerProtocols provide subscribers with personalization features?

All registered users can save searches, comment on and upload protocols, and save favorite protocols to the My Protocols area.

9. Where does SpringerProtocols content come from?

The protocols come from a set of tested, trusted book series in biomedicine and life sciences. Chief among these book series is Methods in Molecular Biology. Publishing since 1984, there are currently nearly 1,000 volumes of this essential resource, totaling over 20,000 protocols, which are all available in SpringerProtocols. Additional content is sourced from other book series as well.

10. How often are SpringerProtocols updated?

Protocols are updated as the science and technology discussed in the individual protocols develop, change, and progress. On average, the time between updates is 2-3 years, though some titles on rapidly advancing topics may be updated more frequently. When a new edition of an existing protocol is published, all subscribers maintain access to the older version.

11. How are SpringerProtocols developed?

The content development of SpringerProtocols is overseen by Dr. John Walker, who has been series editor of Methods in Molecular Biology for nearly 30 years. He and his prestigious editorial board select topics based on the current climate of biomedical and life science research. SpringerProtocols titles reflect not only the research currently being performed, but aims to cover traditional and time tested scientific methods, as well as emerging and anticipated areas of research. This allows SpringerProtocols to remain as comprehensive as possible. When a topic is identified by Dr. Walker and his board, an extensive search is begun for known experts in the field to compile a comprehensive cross section of the major protocols researchers need to know.

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