The initiative aims to support collaborative research and make it easy for readers to share a wealth of scientific knowledge with researchers and scientists worldwide.
From today, subscribers to 49 journals on nature.com will be able to share the full-text articles of interest with colleagues who do not have a subscription. This will be done through a shareable web link on nature.com that will go through to a read-only version of published research. To add to this, more than 100 global media outlets and blogs that report on the findings of articles published on nature.com will be able to provide their own readers with a link to a full text, read-only view of the original scientific paper.
Watch the video demonstration of how this works here.
“In today’s global, internet-enabled world, we think we can meet the needs of science and society better,” says Steven Inchcoombe, CEO of Nature Publishing Group.
He continues: “We’re committed to adapting to meet the needs of the community, and to basing our decisions on an evidence-based approach. We are conducting our own ‘experiment’ to understand how best to help the sharing of knowledge in a sustainable way. Working with authors, readers, libraries and journalists, we hope to learn a lot.”
Listen to Steven Inchcoombe, CEO of Nature Publishing Group and Timo Hannay, Chief Executive of Digital Science talk about the launch here.
The initiative includes Nature, the Nature family of journals and fifteen other quality science journals. This means scientists and students at more than 6,000 universities and organisations worldwide will be able to share article to aid collaboration, for personal, non-commercial use.
Digital Science’s portfolio company Readcube has developed the technology behind the initiative and further functionality will give subscribers the option to annotate, share comments and highlight text with colleagues.
Nature Publishing Group has also released a new beta policy to accompany the initiative. It will be adapted and refined over a one year period, based on community feedback. The policy is based on reasonable use. More detail is available here.
Follow the hashtag #scishare for updates on the pilot process.