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Document and Entity Information
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2015
Nov. 03, 2015
Entity Information [Line Items]    
Entity Registrant Name NEWLINK GENETICS CORP  
Entity Central Index Key 0001126234  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer  
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Sep. 30, 2015  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2015  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3  
Amendment Flag false  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   28,785,448
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer No  
Entity Voluntary Filers No  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes