Springer Nature, Cambridge University Press, Thieme and ResearchGate announce new cooperation to make it easier to navigate the legal sharing of academic journal articles

In a cooperation agreement announced today, three publishers and ResearchGate will work together on the sharing of articles on the scholarly collaboration platform in a way that protects the rights of authors and publishers.

The agreement ultimately involves publishers who want to help and support content sharing and believe that working with ResearchGate, the largest professional network for scientists and academics, is one of the important means to achieving this.

As part of the agreement:

  • ResearchGate and publishers will cooperate in educating users about their rights in relation to copyright-protected content by providing users with more and better information about how and when they may share their journal articles on the network

  • ResearchGate will continue to promptly remove copyright-infringing content when alerted by publishers

  • Publishers will get better visibility into the usage of new content on the platform that was originally published in their journals


This agreement is the culmination of discussions between publishers and ResearchGate announced last autumn.  It shows that cooperation on the sharing of publisher content can be found and demonstrates the commitment from all parties to ensuring researchers are able to access and share high quality scholarly research responsibly.

 

About ResearchGate

ResearchGate was founded in 2008 by the physicians Dr. Ijad Madisch and Dr. Sören Hofmayer, along with computer specialist Horst Fickenscher. The company’s mission is to connect the world of science and make research open to all. 15 million researchers have made more than 215 million connections on the network, collaborate on current research in two million projects, and share over half a million updates about their research daily. ResearchGate has completed four rounds of financing from Benchmark, Founders Fund, Bill Gates, Tenaya Capital, Wellcome Trust, Goldman Sachs Investment Partners, and Four Rivers Group.

Contact:

Danielle Bengsch
Head of Communications
danielle.bengsch@researchgate.net
+49 (0) 30 200051022

About Springer Nature

For over 175 years Springer Nature has been advancing discovery by providing the best possible service to the whole research community. We help researchers uncover new ideas, make sure all the research we publish is significant, robust and stands up to objective scrutiny, that it reaches all relevant audiences in the best possible format, and can be discovered, accessed, used, re-used and shared. We support librarians and institutions with innovations in technology and data; and provide quality publishing support to societies.

As a research publisher, Springer Nature is home to trusted brands including Springer, Nature Research, BMC, Palgrave Macmillan and Scientific American. For more information, please visit springernature.com and @SpringerNature.

Contact:

Susie Winter
Director of Communciations & Engagement, Research
Susie.winter@springernature.com
+44 (0) 7720 814208

About Cambridge University Press

Cambridge University Press is part of the University of Cambridge. It furthers the University's mission by disseminating knowledge in the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence. Its extensive peer-reviewed publishing lists comprise 50,000 titles covering academic research and professional development, over 380 research journals, as well as school-level education and English language teaching. Playing a leading role in today's international market place, Cambridge University Press has over 50 offices around the globe, and it distributes its products to nearly every country in the world.

Contacts:

Brigitte Shull
SVP of Academic, Americas
bshull@cambridge.org
212-337-5965

Katie Phoenix
Senior Communications Executive
press@cambridge.org
+44 (0) 1223 325166

About Thieme

Thieme Publishing Group is a medical and scientific publishing house employing more than 1,000 staff and maintaining offices in several cities, including New York, Delhi, Rio and Stuttgart, Germany. Founded in 1886, the Thieme name has become synonymous with high quality and excellence in online and print publishing. Thieme publishes 160 peer-reviewed journals and more than 350 new books annually. The company has a rapidly growing array of web-based products in medicine and science. State-of-the-art online products include Thieme MedOne, Thieme E-Journals, the medical student website WinkingSkull.com, and Thieme MyCourse, an innovative web-based platform for faculty to customize their own course materials. For more information about Thieme, please visit www.thieme.com.

Contact:

Anne-Katrin Döbler
Thieme Kommunikation
Georg Thieme Verlag
Rüdigerstr. 14 | 70469 Stuttgart
Tel.: +49 (0)711 8931-115
Fax: +49 (0)711 8931-167
anne.doebler@thieme.de
www.thieme.de