Springer uses a variety of methods to authenticate access:
- Access via IP recognition: A user accessing the site from within the IP range of a recognized SpringerLink customer will be able to access all content purchased by that institution without having to login to their account. To set-up IP addresses please contact us at email@example.com
- Access via personal login: A user can have their own personal Springer account associated with your organization account. This will allow the user to login and access your content from anywhere. To set up see: How do I associate users / set up remote access via a login account?
- Access via http referrer: The site allows institutions/organizations to provide partner sites with the capability of HTTP referrer so that partner sites and societies can access the same content as the referring institutions/organizations.
- Login via Shibboleth or Athens: Athens allows individuals to use single sign-on to access web resources, thus reducing the administrative burden for librarians and information managers. Springer continues to support customers who choose Athens access.
More Information regarding Athens: http://www.openathens.net/
Shibboleth is a standards based, open source software package for web single sign-on, allowing sites to make informed authorization decisions for individual access of protected online resources in a privacy-preserving manner. Springer currently supports access via the institution login located in the login area on the right side of the screen in the masthead.
More information regarding Shibboleth: http://www.internet2.edu/products-services/trust-identity-middleware/shibboleth/
- Access via proxy:institutions need to set up a proxy server (EZproxy is a common example) on their side, and the proxy IP is added to their institutional account at Springer.