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ReadCube: Getting Started

What is ReadCube?

ReadCube provides a way for you to obtain full text articles published in journals that the library cannot subscribe to. At the moment, you can use ReadCube to access journals published by the Nature Publishing Group (NPG); in the future, ReadCube plans to expand this service to include other publishers. 

Getting Started

You will need to create a ReadCube account in order to begin accessing articles. You have two options, based on the two different components of the ReadCube service: you can set up your account through the web reader or through the desktop application.

1.) Option One (the most intuitive): Register through the ReadCube Web Reader

  • Click on the PDF link and select Interactive PDF; alternatively, select ‘ReadCube Access’ if you are at the article paywall.
  • Select the login/register link in the top right corner of the screen with the ReadCube PDF (shown below); follow the on-screen prompts and enter your DU email address.                                       

 2.) Option Two (not as intuitive): Begin by downloading the Desktop application

  • Click on the download link for ReadCube and install.
  • Follow the on-screen prompts to create your account. You should use your DU email address when registering.
  • You now have an account set up which will allow you to access articles. You can use the Desktop application to annotate, manage, and search for related articles.

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