Science Journal Nature Will Make Its Archives Free to View Online (Kind of), Dating Back to 1869

A quick note: Nature announced yes­ter­day that it will make all of its arti­cles free to view, read, and anno­tate online. That applies to the his­toric sci­ence jour­nal (launched in 1869) and to 48 oth­er sci­en­tif­ic jour­nals in Macmillan’s Nature Pub­lish­ing Group (NPG). Oth­er titles include Nature Genet­ics, Nature Med­i­cine and Nature Physics.

But there are a whole lot of caveats. The press release reads:

All research papers from Nature will be made free to read in a pro­pri­etary screen-view for­mat that can be anno­tat­ed but not copied, print­ed or down­loaded… The con­tent-shar­ing pol­i­cy … marks an attempt to let sci­en­tists freely read and share arti­cles while pre­serv­ing NPG’s pri­ma­ry source of income — the sub­scrip­tion fees libraries and indi­vid­u­als pay to gain access to arti­cles.

But wait, there are a few more caveats. The archives will be made avail­able to sub­scribers (e.g., researchers at uni­ver­si­ties) as well as 100 media out­lets and blogs, and they can then share the arti­cles (as read-only PDFs) with the rest of the world.  This is all part of a one-year exper­i­ment.

To learn more about this ini­tia­tive, read the press release here.

Not the purest form of Open Cul­ture, I know, but it’s hope­ful­ly worth the quick men­tion.

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