Nature promotes read-only sharing by subscribers

The publisher announced that it will be allowing subscribers to 49 of its Nature journals to share links to the full text of articles with non-subscribers. So read-only sharing must be facilitated by a subscriber. Although this measure does not represent genuine, full open access to Nature articles, it looks like a move in the right direction.

Nature, one of the world’s most prominent scientific journals, will make all its articles free to read online, its publisher announced. This is more convenient than being stuck on the wrong end of a pay wall, but definitely not as easy as simply browsing Nature’s website for articles. There’s a catch: non-subscribers can only access an article through a link originally shared by a paying subscriber. There are even more restrictions: articles may not be copied, printed, downloaded or saved.

For more information: read the article Lighten our darkness in The Economist. 


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