May 22, 2022

Springer Nature Extending Content Sharing to Whole Springer Nature-Owned Journal Portfolio

Here’s an announcement and blog post we just received from Springer Nature.

Springer Nature announces that it will extend its year-long content sharing trial to enable its research articles to be freely shared with all researchers and the wider public via its authors, subscribers and global media partners.

Springer Nature will provide authors with shareable links to view-only versions of their peer-reviewed research papers, starting with authors of Nature and the Nature research journals. This initiative will then be extended to authors of all other Springer Nature-owned primary research journals, and ultimately to all authors of Springer Nature published primary research journals.

These links can be posted anywhere, including via social channels and on other highly-used sites, institutional repositories and authors’ own websites as well as scholarly collaborative networks, which many researchers are using to collaborate and to share both publicly and privately. These sharing services are expected to be operational within the next two months for all Springer Nature-owned primary research titles, with sharing services for additional portfolio titles to follow once agreed with their owners in the following months.


The tools that enable the content sharing initiative are provided by ReadCube, whose functionality enables sharers to make available final published versions of research papers in the streaming Enhanced PDF format. In addition to the full text of the articles, the Enhanced PDF provides hyperlinked in-line citations and figures, annotation capabilities, one-click access to supplemental content and figures and advanced article metrics.

Beyond these measures, Springer Nature plans additional steps to further extend sharing options which address the long-term needs of the research community.

This expansion of content sharing services follows the success of a 15-month content sharing trial conducted via, launched in December 2014 and covering c.50 journals and c.6,000 articles, which resulted in over 1.3m additional article accesses.

The results of this trial were released in December 2015. Subscribers will continue to be able to share research articles from using these shareable links.

Read the Complete Announcement

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