January 23, 2022

Springer Nature and ResearchGate Extend Content Sharing Pilot

From a Joint News Release:

Springer Nature and ResearchGate today extend their content sharing pilot.

The second iteration of the pilot will now see four times more Springer Nature content being rolled out across the ResearchGate platform, including content from specialized Springer journals. This enhanced accessibility means more Springer Nature authors will benefit from this partnership along with more Springer Nature-published content on the ResearchGate platform for ResearchGate users to access, download and share.

In addition, solutions will be assessed and tested to improve access to research literature for researchers off campus and on different devices. ResearchGate users without a Springer Nature institutional subscription will have access to articles in a non-downloadable format. This will be assessed via internal research and community feedback to see whether it is a sustainable model for the future.

The continuation of the pilot is the result of positive feedback from users during the first phase, which launched on March 7th, 2019 and provided full-text articles from 23 Nature-branded journals to ResearchGate so they could be made automatically available on authors’ profiles for all ResearchGate users to access, read and share on or off campus.

Examples of the positive feedback received during phase one of the pilot are below, based on a survey of over 700 ResearchGate users:

  • 97 percent reported a positive or very positive first reaction to the pilot.
  • 90 percent reported a positive or very positive reaction to Springer Nature and ResearchGate working together.
  • 96 percent reported being comfortable or very comfortable with their Nature full-texts being automatically added to their articles on ResearchGate.

The second phase is also focused on demonstrating the valuable role librarians play as providers of access to scientific research and literature. Working with librarians, ResearchGate and Springer Nature will assess how a more comprehensive picture of the use of research literature by their patrons can be provided by working towards aligning the cooperation with established industry standards. When a researcher is provided access because of the investment made by their library/institution, this will also be actively promoted to researchers on the ResearchGate platform.

See Also: Research Gate and Springer Nature Launch Pilot Project (March 1, 2019)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.