The Statesman’s Yearbook Online

edited by Dr Barry Turner

Statesman’s Yearbook (SYB) FAQs

About The Statesman's Yearbook online resource
Access and Usage
Pricing and Subscription
Navigation and Searching
Recommending The Statesman's Yearbook online resource

About The Statesman's Yearbook online resource

Where can I go for help?

In addition to these FAQs we also have a dedicated support team here at Palgrave Macmillan to answer requests for support. Please email

What is The Statesman's Yearbook Archive?

The Archive is the complete collection of every edition of The Statesman's Yearbook since it began publishing in 1864. Set out by decade and then by year within that decade, each year contains links which take you to PDFs of the original book. View maps, tables and detailed descriptions of every country of that year. It is a wonderful resource which showcases how the world has changed and how it continues to change.

Why isn't there a 1999 edition?

In order to commemorate the Millennium and showcase the importance that the year 2000 holds in history The Statesman's Yearbook Team decided to change the title format from 1998-99 and return to the original single year format.

Access and Usage

How can I access The Statesman's Yearbook online resource?

Single user concurrency is no longer available with the print edition of the book. Access is available via a site license only; we also offer Athens and Shibboleth authenticated access.

How many users can access The Statesman's Yearbook online resource?

Institutions can purchase site licenses to allow remote access to an unlimited number of users via IP range, password or soft-referral, depending on the institution's preference. Site license fees are calculated according to full-time equivalent figures (FTE).

What usage statistics are available and how can these be accessed by subscribing institutions?

Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources (COUNTER) compliant usage statistics are available to subscribing institutions. These can be accessed online using the institution’s admin username and password.

The administration URL is Your admin username and password will have been included in your welcome email, or contact for your login details.

You can also register additional tokens using this site.

Pricing and Subscription

Can I access the website as a single-user?

No single-user access is available for The Statesman's Yearbook, however an institution/company can subscribe by purchasing a site license.

How can I purchase a site license?

When you visit you are offered the opportunity to submit a site license request online and our sales staff will confirm the price according to the size of your institution and/or concurrency requirements. An institution can choose to upgrade its basic single concurrency access to a site license at any point during its term of subscription.

For more information about institutional site licenses for The Statesman's Yearbook online resource, contact your local Springer sales rep.

Navigation and Searching

How can I navigate the site?

You can select options from the left hand side of the page: there is a dropdown list of countries as well as links to Essays and Fact Sheets, Chronology of Events, Resources and International Organizations.

Is Boolean search available?

Yes: the following symbols may be used in search queries:

  1.  Venezuelan president will find articles containing either Venezuelan or president, prioritizing those with both
  2.  –Venezuelan president will find articles containing president but without Venezuela
  3.  +Venezuelan president will find articles containing Venezuelan, prioritizing those also containing president

The keywords AND, OR and NOT can also be used (equivalent to the corresponding examples above):

  1.  Venezuelan OR president
  2.  Venezuelan NOT president
  3.  Venezuelan AND president

How do I search for a string?

To search for an exact match, use double quote marks around the phrase, e.g. “Venezuelan president” will find only articles containing the exact character string “Venezuelan president”.

Recommending The Statesman's Yearbook online resource

How can I recommend The Statesman’s Yearbook online resource?

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Can't see the security image on the Recommend form. What should I do?

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If you have further problems using the form, we suggest that you send an email using your normal email application, or contact us if you still have concerns.

How can I tell our users about the site?

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Technical FAQs

Technical Questions

What is IP authentication?

IP authentication is where the access control system checks the IP address of a request to view the site (ie where that request has come from), and if that IP address is registered to an account the user is taken to the logged-in page automatically and their user statistics added to the appropriate account.

Why does the IP range format in my welcome email look different to the IP range information I have?

Our system translates the IPs you provided into CIDR (Classless Inter-Domain Routing) format, an alternative interpretation of IP addresses. (For more information on CIDR formatting see next question)

What is CIDR format?

Classless Inter Domain Routing (CIDR) is a means of categorizing and allocating IP addresses to users to allow for efficient routing of information. If you have IPs in the format 123.456.*.* (123.456.0–255.0–255) this will be represented in CIDR as 123.456.0/16

There is a CIDR converters available, for example:
For more information about CIDR see:

Which browsers is the site compatible with?

We aim to produce a standards compliant site with backwards compatibility. For full functionality and display we recommend you use FireFox at least version 2 or Internet Explorer version 7 as your browser. Other platforms can be expected to be usable in many cases, but we would recommend you upgrade to the latest stable release of your browser.

Do I need cookies active?

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What is the best resolution to set my screen to?

800x600 or above.

What's the time limit on a session before time out?

If a user does not log out at the end of a session, the session will time out automatically after 20 minutes of inactivity to free up access for other users.