Springer API Challenge 2.0 Official Rules



The Springer API Challenge 2.0 (“Challenge”) is our second competition for participants to develop and submit original, non-commercial applications using Springer’s freely available APIs.  Participants agree that Springer may feature submitted applications on dev.springer.com.  Participants also agree to make their applications freely available to end users for at least one year after the challenge concludes accessible via dev.springer.com and their own site. Entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges in accordance with the criteria described below.  Eligible first, second, and third place winners will be awarded cash prizes, described below.

By entering the Challenge participants agree to be bound by the provisions in these Official Rules and the Springer API Terms of Use.  No purchase is necessary to enter or win. The Challenge is subject to all applicable laws and regulations, and void where prohibited.



Participants may be individuals or teams of up to three members (with one individual designated the corresponding team member). Employees of Springer Science+Business Media and entities with commercial relationships (including, but not limited to, vendors, agencies, and consultants) are ineligible. Participants must be eighteen years of age or older at time of entry.



The following APIs will be made available to participants for the purposes of the Challenge, subject to the Springer API Terms of Use:

Springer Metadata API - Provides metadata for over 5 million online documents (e.g. journal articles, book chapters, protocols).

SpringerImages API - Provides images and related text for over 300,000 free images available on SpringerImages.

Springer Open Access API - Provides metadata, full-text content, and images for over 80,000 open access articles from BioMed Central and SpringerOpen journals.


Springer API Challenge 2.0 Goals:

Entries in the Springer API Challenge 2.0 are required to address one of the following goals:

(1) Using the Springer Metadata API: Develop an application that provides a novel search solution based on an analysis of trends in the metadata.

(2) Using the SpringerImages API: Develop an application that uses image recognition to analyze, compare, or search images.

(3) Using the Springer Open Access API: Develop an application that uses semantic modeling to interpret characteristics of individual full-text documents and/or to analyze relationships among full-text documents.

Mashups of our APIs with open sourced (and non-copyrighted) data are encouraged.


How to Enter:

Participants must register for a user account with Mashery and apply to Springer for an API key.

Participants must submit their completed applications via email to SpringerAPIChallenge@springer.com with the subject line “Challenge 2.0 Submission” and include an indication as to which goal is being addressed along with a brief description of the application. All applications must be submitted between December 1, 2011 and May 31, 2012.

Applicants or submissions that do not comply with these Official Rules, the Springer API Terms of Use, or applicable laws and regulations will be disqualified.


Judging and Prizes:

Entries will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary panel of judges who will rank them on the following criteria:

-          Relevance to the goal indicated

-          Creativity / Originality

-          User Experience / Design

-          Value / Benefit

In June 2012 the first, second, and third place winners will be contacted and publicly announced shortly thereafter. The decisions of the judges will be final. Prize levels will be:

-          1st Prize - US$ 8,000

-          2nd Prize - US$ 4,000

-          3rd Prize - US$ 2,000

Winners may be required to sign an affidavit confirming their eligibility to participate. If a winner does not respond to the prize notification within two weeks, or is subsequently disqualified for any other reason, an alternate winner will be named according to the judges’ ranking.


About Springer:

Springer is a leading global scientific publisher of books and journals, delivering quality content through innovative information products and services. It publishes close to 500 academic and professional society journals. Springer is part of the publishing group Springer Science+Business Media. In the science, technology and medicine (STM) 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.