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Create a View-only Link for a Registration

If your registration is embargoed, a view-only link offers a way for you to share the private contents with non-contributors. You can create an anonymized view-only link to hide your contributor names on the registration's "Overview" page and in the "Recent Activity" section - this is particularly useful in blinded peer review! If you're creating an anonymized view-only link for a preregistration, your contributor names will be hidden in the "Authors" section of your form, as well.

Only admins on a registration can create view-only links. This feature will not be visible to read and read+write contributors.

1. Create the link

Open your registration, then click the Contributors tab in the navigation bar.

The "Contributors" page will appear.

Click the green +Add button below "View-only Links."

A modal will appear.

  1. Type a name for the link into the first field to help you identify it later (optional).
  2. To hide your identity from viewers - such as for blinded review - check the box next to Anonymize. This will remove all contributors' names from the contributor's list and logs (optional).
  3. To extend the view-only link to any registered components, check the boxes next to the respective component(s). Note: Only those with checked boxes will be shared with the link.  
  4. Click the Create button.

Click the Copy icon to the left of the link. The link will be copied to your clipboard for sharing.

Removing the link will prevent anyone who has the link from continuing to access your project or its components.

In the "View-only Links" section of the "Contributors" page, click the X to the right of the link.

A modal will appear asking you to confirm the removal.

Click Remove.

The view-only link will be removed from your registration.