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Re: Nature's Access Restrictions

I have made the passwords available on a page that is restricted to the
authorized user community, and believe that this fulfills the licensing
requirements. We have sufficient subscriptions to their journals to permit
four passwords, which is apparently sufficient for the use we experience.

The need for any password as well as ip range is however in my opinion
totally unnecessary for any reasonable pupose. I hope and assume that
Nature, like other publishers, will soon announce more reasonable

David Goodman, Princeton University Biology Library				
dgoodman@princeton.edu            609-258-3235


On Thu, 14 Oct 1999, Lloyd Davidson wrote:

> The following is apparently a description of what one university has had
> to do to allow user access to the full-text online version of Nature. Has
> anybody had any experience with this complex and restrictive policy yet?  
> It seems very cumbersome, but I suppose that any access is better than
> none, which is our current situation. At least access is given to users
> from their office or laboratory, unlike Science's policy, which restricts
> access to a single work station IP address within the library but doesn't
> require a password.  A mix of the two policies, access within the library
> by IP address and access by those outside by password, would seem more
> reasonable and manageable.  Our one Science station is only occasionally
> used, so I doubt that the other restrictions will be that onerous.  Most
> people are satisfied to have access to the paper version, except when an
> issue is missing or when they need an article in the latest issue that
> hasn't arrived yet in the library.
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> In order for XXX Libraries to be given the right to provide full text 
> access to Nature  online, the publisher specifies these restrictions:
> 1.      Only one simultaneous user is permitted.
> 2.      A 10-minute waiting period is set between uses.
> 3.      A password is required and will only be given to current UX 
> faculty, staff and students.  You may obtain a password by calling or 
> visiting any Libraries' service  desk.  You must supply the service desk 
> with your library number and we will verify that you are an approved user.
> 4.      The passwords are frequently changed and you must not share them 
> with others.
> With the password, you may access the web site at:  http://www.nature.com
> The publishers of Nature have established these restricted use policies, 
> and only they have power to alter these restrictions. Please address your 
> comments on these restrictions to the Nature staff at:
> http://www.nature.com/contacts/editorial.html
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