The Spektrum Akademischer Verlag ( SAV ) was founded in Heidelberg in 1991 .
On January 1, 2003, Elsevier Science acquired the Spektrum Akademischer Verlag as well as the medical publisher Urban & Fischer , the medical book distribution company Oscar Rothacker and the SFG Servicecenter Fachverlage GmbH from the Georg von Holtzbrinck publishing group .
In 2006 SAV had sales of around seven million euros. In July 2007 it was announced that Springer Science + Business Media is “acquiring the assets and liabilities of Spektrum Akademischer Verlag (SAV) from Elsevier”.
In 2012, Springer Spektrum emerged from the Spektrum Akademischer Verlag, founded in 1991, as well as the German-language scientific and mathematical programs from Vieweg + Teubner (today: Springer Vieweg ) and from Springer-Verlag.
The publishing program includes around 900 mostly German-language lexicons, books and three journal titles from the bio and geosciences, astronomy, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics and psychology. The publications are published in printed form, on CD or via the Wissenschaft-Online internet platform .