August 13, 2020

Springer Nature First Publisher to Implement Seamlessaccess.Org Service

UPDATE POST November 15, 2019 Move By Journals To ‘Seamless’ Off-Campus Access Raises Privacy Concerns (via Science)


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From Springer Nature:

…Springer Nature has been working with others in the industry  and in collaboration with SeamlessAccess.org to address the current sometimes confusing and frustrating experience researchers face trying to access research subscribed to by their university when outside of the institution’s network.

This is because IP authentication, the mechanism by which users are currently commonly  identified as being allowed access, is working less effectively and easily as people’s working habits change with many now working off multiple devices in multiple locations. It is leading to more people encountering access blocks when they shouldn’t, resulting in a frustrating experience and time being wasted.

The new solution, to be implemented first by Springer Nature, will see users from participating institutions only having to log in once per browser, after which nature.com will remember their institutional affiliation, making future authentication when outside of their institution’s network easier. This will be provided in partnership with institutions so logging in to their institution will still be required when their session is expired by their institution.

Users of nature.com will be the first to benefit from this enhanced user experience, and will be rolled out across Springer Nature’s other  content platforms, including SpringerLink.

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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.

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