‘Nature’ Articles Now Free for Public Viewing
December 2nd, 2014 by Rebecca Todd
The journal Nature, published by Macmillan, announced on Dec. 2 that all of its research papers will be made free to read in a proprietary screen-view format. This format won’t allow for papers to be copied, printed, or downloaded.
Macmillan’s Nature Publishing Group division has applied its content-sharing policy to 48 other journals, including Nature Medicine and Nature Physics, so that scientists can freely read and share articles. At the same time, NPG is able to retain its primary income derived from library subscription fees and the costs individuals pay to gain access to Nature content.
This content-sharing policy has become more popular as research funders increasingly mandate that scientists make their papers free to read, download, and reuse in various other ways.