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Create a View-only Link for a Project

You can configure view-only links in either the "Contributors" or "Settings" tab of your OSF project. The workflow is the same for both tabs. This help guide walks you through how to configure a view-only link through the "Settings" tab.

If your project is private, 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 in the project - this is particularly useful in blinded peer review!

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

1. Create the link

First, open the project for which you want to create a view-only link, and your "Overview" page will appear.

Then, click the Settings tab in your project's navigation bar.

The "Settings" page will appear.

Click View-Only Links in the left sidebar. This button will not be visible to contributors with read or read+write access permissions.

You will be taken to the "View-Only Links" section on the "Settings" page.

Click the +Add button to create a view-only link.

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 the 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.

All of your active view-only links are listed in the "View-Only Links" section of the "Settings" page.

In this section, you can see the link, the link's name, shared components, date of creation, who created the link, and whether the link is anonymized.

To share the link, 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 "Settings" page, click the Remove button to the right of the link that you want to delete.

A modal will appear asking you to confirm the removal.

Click Remove.

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