Springer Nature’s commitment to content sharing

Springer Nature wants researchers to share content easily and legally. Our Springer Nature SharedIt content-sharing initiative means that links to view-only, full-text subscription research articles can be posted anywhere - including on social media platforms, author websites and in institutional repositories - so researchers can share research with colleagues and general audiences.

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How it works

  • Springer Nature provides its authors and readers with shareable links to view-only versions of peer-reviewed research papers
  • Reasonable sharing is encouraged for non-commercial, personal use
  • SharedIt, which launched for a year-long trial period in December 2014 and resulted in over 1.3m additional article accesses during that period, is now being made available for the whole of Springer Nature’s owned journal portfolio, along with 1,000 co-owned and partner-owned journals
  • The shareable links can be posted anywhere, including via social channels and on other highly-used sites, institutional repositories and authors’ own websites, as well as on scholarly collaborative networks
  • The initiative also enables more than 200 media outlets and blogs to link to a read-only version of full-text subscription articles
  • For open-access articles, all readers will be able to download, print and save an enhanced PDF, or to view the full-text HTML version
  • For subscription articles, subscribers will be able to download, print and save an enhanced PDF, or to view the full-text HTML version.

The tools that enable SharedIt, offering hyperlinked citations, annotation capabilities and advanced article metrics, are provided by ReadCube. Please email if you have further questions.

“We are very pleased to be able to offer our authors, readers and the wider research community a sharing solution that we think is easier, more dynamic, interactive and of greater value to them than static PDF downloads.

As a publisher of large parts of the scientific record, we take very seriously our responsibilities to our authors to protect their rights and to researchers to maximise their access to and use of the content we publish.

We think this initiative strikes the right balance, given researchers’ legitimate needs to share content as part of their collaborations and discussions and the increasing need of wider society to appreciate the results of recent research. We hope other publishers will join us in addressing these critical needs.”

Steven Inchcoombe, Chief Publishing Officer, Springer Nature