Read any Nature Paper for Free

02 December 2014

Today Nature announced that all papers published in their journals will be "made free to read in a proprietary screen-view format that can be annotated but not copied, printed or downloaded" all articles they have published.

Michel Eisen wonders if Nature’s “free to view” is a magnanimous gesture or a cynical ploy? Considering how hard they make it to find the link to the free-as-in-beer version of a paper, you might think so.


Turns out it is not this easy! The links from the bookmarklet below will only show you the preview if you are not visiting from a priviliged IP address. I thought I had tested it with several source IP addresses but obviously left my VPN switched on at some point. (Things you don't notice if you spend too much time at CERN ...) Sorry about that.


I bring you the Nature, read now! bookmarklet. Just drag it to your bookmarkbar, click it when viewing the public page of an article and be taken straight to the full text of the article.

If you can not drag the bookmarklet here is the source so you can create it manually. To create the "Nature, read now!" Bookmarklet you need to copy the code below into the URL field of a new bookmark.

javascript:(function(){function callback(){(function($){var jQuery=$;window.location = ""+$("dd.doi").html().substr(4)})(jQuery.noConflict(true))}var s=document.createElement("script");s.src="";if(s.addEventListener){s.addEventListener("load",callback,false)}else if(s.readyState){s.onreadystatechange=callback}document.body.appendChild(s);})()


Head over to Proton transport through one-atom-thick crystals, the latest paper on how graphene will revolutionise the world. Hit the "Nature, read now!" bookmarklet button, et voila you see the full text.