SpringerLink switching to HTTPS

We are continuing to take steps to move towards a more secure web browsing experience for our users by transitioning SpringerLink from the HTTP protocol to the HTTPS protocol. SpringerLink is currently available through the HTTPS protocol for users of Google's Chrome browser or by typing https://link.springer.com into the browser address bar. 

The switch for Chrome users has gone very well.  With this success we are pleased to let you know we will be directing requests from all browsers to the HTTPS site by the end of May 2018. Admins will be receiving a note on this last switch shortly.  We strongly encourage you to reach out to us if you have any concerns or questions by submitting a ticket here: New Support Ticket.  

We expect the majority of users will notice no difference with the performance or behavior of the site as HTTPS is well supported by all the current browsers.  Some steps may need to be taken by site administrators, webmasters, or network support if there are setups that rely on the distinction between HTTP and HTTPS in the URL string.  Some cases we've identified are as follows:

  • Setup of Proxy Service, such as EZProxy
    • Please update your setup so request for an HTTPS link will be routed through your proxy service correctly.
    • EZProxy has updated their Stanza to show the HTTPS version OCLC SpringerLink Stanza.  If you use a different proxy service please check with their support team for enabling HTTPS access.  
    • Check out our support article for helpful tips here: Configure a proxy to work with SpringerLink
    • Due to a security issue we will be ending support on 31 May 2018 for TLS1.0 and TLS 1.1 and only support TLS 1.2.  For more information on the changes to TLS support please see this article: Security Enhancements for Springer Nature Platforms.
  • Link Resolvers
    • If you use MARC records or KBART files these will still refer to the HTTP version until a time yet to be determined.  This should not cause a compatibility issue. 

If you have reached this article because you are experiencing a problem that you believe is related to HTTPS please share that problem with us so we can work with you to see that your HTTPS experience is corrected. Or, if you need to report an access issue, please use the Online Access Issues – Form.

If you are a webmaster or admin we suggest you look at this article from Google on switching: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/6073543?hl=en

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