Restful operations

The Springer API supports a number of different operations and return formats. These can be controlled by issuing RESTful requests to the API service at

Requests must always include both a Collection and a ResultFormat. The Collection identifies what respository should be searched for results and the ResultFormat indicates how data should be returned by the API. For example, in this request:

The first bold element is the Collection and the second is the ResultFormat. In this case the metadata repository is being searched and the resulting metadata should be returned in pam format. Allowable values for these parameters are listed in the table below:

Valid Collection and ResultFormat parameters
Collection Description ResultFormat Description
Stores journal articles and book chapters pam Returns XML results with each record in PRISM Aggregator Message format (*with some additional journal- or book-specific fields not covered by PAM at this time [e.g., openAccess])
json Returns JSON formatted results
jsonp Returns JSON formatted results with padding

Stores open access content

app Returns XML data in Springer's A++ format
    json Returns JSON formatted metadata results
    jsonp Returns JSON formatted metadata with padding

In the above example the third part of the URI path doi is a short-hand method of requesting metadata for a single article. It is equivilent to doing a query for a single DOI using the q parameter:


Available short-hand methods
method description
doi Find a single article based on the DOI
issn Find a set of articles in a single Journal ISSN
isbn Find a set of chapters in a single Book ISBN

More complex requests can be made using querystring parameters. For further information on these read the next section.


  1. P. Ferreira4 years ago

    All fine for me!

    This is a great API! :D

  2. Fazil Hasan3 years ago

    APIs is working but needs to have some improvements....

  3. MARIA LORNA KUNNATH3 years ago


  4. Eddie3 years ago

    Yes, we had some issues over the weekend that have now been resolved by development. Should work now.


  5. Mohamed Barakat3 years ago

    it does not work

  6. foobarX3 years ago

    How can I get the keywords associated with each article? The facets that I get returned from the query apply to the entire results, right (not just the batch of 10 I am looking at)?

  7. foobarX3 years ago

    I'm pretty sure the facets DO apply to the AGGREGATE - which is strange, since that means it is retransmitted each time (e.g. looking at 10 at a time through a 1000 articles - it looks like it would be significant overhead redundantly) - am I missing something? thx

  8. Eddie3 years ago

    Yes, they reply to the entire result. But you can query of course by DOI and get the keywords that apply to that DOI, e.g.,[KEY]


  9. foobarX3 years ago

    Seems like you could hit the 5k daily limit pretty easily needing to do an individual query each time

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