Nature publisher makes all scientific articles free readable




The Nature Publishing Group, publisher of the renowned scientific journal Nature under another, has decided to make all its publications free of charge. That remains confined to read for downloading articles continues a subscription is required.

The changes were the publisher set put on his news page. All articles by Nature Publishing Group, including that of the prestigious journal Nature, published can be read free soon. For this, the software is Read Cube needed, where the parent company of Nature Publishing Group has a controlling interest in. Read Cube can display read-only versions of scientific publications, which would include the is possible to take notes.

One of the limitations of the reading system is that it is not possible to download items. Who for example, a PDF version of an article will get still need a subscription. Also, security is built against the printing of articles. Many universities and scientific institutions have already subscriptions to periodicals issued by the Nature Publishing Group.

The free reading of scientific articles is seen by the publisher as a pilot. The company behind the journals hopes that scientists and universities continue to take subscriptions, despite the ability to read for free. The next year, the new policy will be evaluated according to the publisher.

Nature Publishing Group owns many scientific journals, especially in the natural and medical sciences. The journal Nature is best known, and is one of the most authoritative scientific journals. To access individual items amounts to be paid to be around 30 euros.

With hopes free reading Nature Publishing Group to meet the demand to make scientific content available for free. Making accessible free of publications in recent years become increasingly popular with the rise of so-called open access journals. In addition, scientists agitate against the earnings of ‘closed’ journals that charge money to universities for access to publications while scientists for publication often have to transfer their copyright to the journal and should contribute to the publication costs.

The Dutch government wants access to scientific publications about ten years before anyone is free. Recently, with another big publisher, Springer, an agreement reached which would ensure open access. By publisher Elsevier, however, it failed to conclude an agreement.

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