STM Consultation on Article Sharing



To gain a better understanding of the current landscape of article sharing through scholarly collaboration networks and sites, STM conducted an open consultation across the scholarly community in early 2015. The aim of this consultation was to facilitate discussion by all stakeholders in order to establish a core set of principles that clarify how, where and what content should be shared using these networks and sites, and to improve this experience for all. Our hope for this initiative is for publishers and scholarly collaboration networks to work together to facilitate sharing, which benefits researchers, institutions, and society as a whole.


Voluntary principles for article sharing on scholarly collaboration networks

As a starting point for the consultation process, STM assembled a working group on Scholarly Collaboration Networks (SCNs). This group produced a draft set of ‘voluntary principles for article sharing on scholarly collaboration networks’ and posted it for public comment in February 2015. Based on the community’s constructive feedback, the working group has revised the voluntary principles:

The SCN working group also produced an explanation of the changes made to the draft voluntary principles based on the consultation feedback.



For a full list of organisations who have endorsed the voluntary principles, please visit If you would like to add your organisation to the list, please contact