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Springer Science+Business Media has launched a free linguistic tool designed to support the publishing process for authors, editors and the wider scientific community. The website www.SpringerExemplar.com is said to allow researchers to see quickly how a particular term or phrase is used in peer-reviewed, published literature.

Springer partnered with the Centre for Biomedical and Health Linguistics to develop this conceptual online service. The user searches for a specific term and retrieves a list of results of where and how the keyword is used in published Springer content. The left column displays lists of different categories: the year the article was published, the top subject areas in which the term is used, the highest concentration of articles by country, and the name of the journal where the keyword is used most. By clicking on the keyword itself, the user is linked directly to the journal article where the word is located.

‘It is our hope that the research community will take advantage of this tool to help consolidate the use of subject-specific terminology and facilitate the communication of scholarly information through standardisation,’ commented Olaf Ernst, president of eProducts management and innovation at Springer.