Benefits & services

Benefits of online access for users

Desktop access 24/7

Access to full text HTML or PDF articles, from every recognized desktop, 24 hours a day.

Mobile-optimized content

A number of Nature Research titles now offer fully mobile-optimized websites or articles - which your users can access via the wifi network at your institution. Find out more >>

Advance Online Publication (AOP)

The latest research papers published online up to two months ahead of print publication.

Supplementary information

Additional information not included in the printed version, meaning papers can have greater depth, online enhancements and are more useful to specialists who require detail, without distracting more general readers. Includes data sets, expanded methods and video animations.

Special web focuses

Seamless access to all additional content published in regular, topical web focuses.

Web feeds (RSS)

A very convenient way of staying up to date with the right information, users can tailor their selection of RSS (Really Simple Syndication) web feeds from to keep track of our latest content and to receive the subjects that matter most to them.

Table of Contents e-alerts

Get the latest news and research immediately by signing-up to Table of Contents e-alerts, delivered direct to your inbox.

ATHENS authentication compliance

Nature Research is compliant with ATHENS to provide secure remote access for ATHENS subscribers. Users have the ability to log-in directly from or through their MyAthens account.

"Download citation"

Valuable services that enable users to download key information into their personal bibliographic databases, organize references and images and create bibliographies and figure lists instantly from an article. 

A list of relevant articles from the Nature Research portfolio to enrich browsing and assist further reading.

Access up to four years of archive content with every licensed publication, plus search back to issue 1 for all Nature Research journals. The Nature archive is available by separate site license purchase. Archives for other journals vary.

Extensive linking to external resources

Link to online databases including BIND, Biocompare, GENBANK, Locuslink, OMIM, the Protein Data Bank and SwissProt.

Reference linking within and beyond Nature Research

Article references link to the full abstracting services including: Chemical Abstracts Service, Chemport, CINAHL, EMBASE, ISI, including the ISI Web of Science, MEDLINE and Pubmed for further reading.

Content listed in CrossRef Search

Nature Research's involvement in CrossRef Search provides scientists with the ability to find the highest quality research across multiple publishers faster and more effectively.

Additional online resources on

  • - a free career resource with the hottest jobs listings, weekly editorials and e-alert options.
  • - a scientific events database for planning attendance at important conferences and seminars around the globe.

Services for site license customers

One administration account

Control and update all your institution's subscription information from one administration system including adding IP ranges, associating new license IDs and changing contact details.

Flexible purchasing

A site license model that allows your institution to select the titles most suitable to your users, in the formats you require, with pricing based on your FTE count.

Accessible for all institution types

Including but not limited to:

  • Corporations
  • Academic institutions
  • Government and public libraries
  • Consortia groups
  • Hospitals

International access

Licenses offering international access are available.

COUNTER-compliant usage reports

Consistent, credible and compatible usage reports are provided for all Nature Research publications, conforming to the international code of practice. Find out more >>

Remote access authentication

For institutions with non-static IP ranges, accesss can be authenticated using TOKENS as well as industry standard solutions from ATHENS and Shibboleth.

Instructions for how to access site license content via Shibboleth are available here

Continuing rights

Customers can retain access to all licensed content, subject to payment of an annual access fee, should an agreement be cancelled. The policy applies to all publications owned by Nature Research. Find out more >>

A reliable publishing platform uses new hardware and software and download times are faster than STM industry standards, while the server enjoys 99% availability. status website

Check the current live status of and all scheduled maintenance on this independently hosted website:

Accessible customer services publishes informative online help pages for 24-hour support. Trained support staff contactable by phone or email.

Promotion tools

Tools to promote subscriptions within your institution are available to print or download from the Librarian Gateway. Find out more >>

License Provider Information

Technology integrating your institution name on to every content page informing users that full text access is a provided service from your institution, based on the information provided in your administration account.

The Librarian Gateway

A one-stop resource for all your subscription needs.

E-mail alerts

Sign-up to receive the latest news on Nature Research and Springer Nature publications on, policies and partnerships from the communications team. Messages are tailored for your region or your site license holdings.

Site license administrators are also alerted to all issues affecting site license access, including usage statistics.