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Nature Makes All Articles Free to View

Publisher Macmillan has announced that all research papers from Nature and 48 other journals in its Nature Publishing Group division will be made free to read in a proprietary screen-view format that can be annotated but not copied, printed or downloaded. The ReadCube platform will be used to host and display read-only versions of the articles' PDFs, which can also be saved to a free desktop version of the software.

This content-sharing policy, marks an attempt to let scientists freely read and share articles while preserving income from subscription fees. Under the policy, subscribers can share any paper they have access to through a link to a read-only version of the paper’s PDF that can be viewed via a web browser. Anyone can subsequently repost and share the link, and many media outlets and blogs will also be able to share them.

Click here for the full article by Richard Van Noorden (nature.com, 02 December 2014).