Nature bends to scientists by making archives free

Research studies published in respected scientific journal Nature are now free to read online, publisher Macmillan announced today. The studies are free to read using a software platform Nature describes as “similar to Apple’s iTunes,” but only accessible if you have a direct link provided by a subscriber, and kept in a format that prohibits copying, printing, or downloading.

Nature says the shift comes as those who offer scientific funding are demanding that research is made free to read. Open-access project PLoS and its journals, such as PLoS ONE, have championed such an approach, and the scientific community has pushed for access to journals seen to profit off research that should be available to the public. Timo Hannay, managing…

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