Try ReadCube Access, a New Way to Obtain Full Text Articles


Tue, Jan 14, 2014

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logo-ff523826b2cd80eafa0dcf45576c851eGordon Library has a 30 day free trial to ReadCube Access, a new way for researchers to obtain full text articles in journals published by Nature Publishing without the need for the library to maintain subscriptions to expensive journals. You can access articles in journals like Nature Chemistry, Nature Communications, Nature Methods, and Nature Protocols–132 journals in all.

Setting up a ReadCube account: If you don’t already have an existing free ReadCube account, you can set one up easily through one of the following options:

Accessing content: When you come across a journal available via ReadCube, you will see a link to the ReadCube PDF (“view Enhanced PDF”) like this one below.

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If you click on the “View Enhanced PDF” link, you will be presented with a page indicating access options – rent, cloud and/or PDF purchase, depending on the journal.

  • Rent: you can read the article within the ReadCube environment during 48 hours.
  • Cloud: you can read the article within the ReadCube for an indefinite period of time, as well as print it.
  • PDF: you can fully download the article and therefore read and print it outside of the ReadCube environment.

If when clicking on any of the access options you are logged into your ReadCube account, the article will be shown instantly in the ReadCube Web Reader. If you are not logged in, you will be prompted to log in. You will be presented with an enhanced PDF version of that article within a browser window (for example Safari or Internet Explorer). More info on what an enhanced PDF is can be found here

Every newly acquired article will be synced with your existing ReadCube library.  You can view all purchases in any web browser, in the ReadCube Desktop, or soon enough, also on your iPad and iPhone. New purchases or acquired articles will be synced across all platforms.

You can acquire new content both on- and off-campus. For more information on the ReadCube Proxy support go to

The trial is available free of charge to all WPI students, faculty and staff through February 15, 2014. Please send us your thoughts on ReadCube Access.


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Don was the Associate University Librarian at the WPI Gordon Library and, from March 2014 through to his retirement in December 2016, the Acting Director of Library Services. He led the library's Collections and Systems Management team, and oversaw electronic library resources and services as well as the book collection. Don first joined the library staff in 1976.

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