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!
You must be an admin on the project to create a view-only link. 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.
Click the ellipsis button in the top right, then click Create view-only link from the drop-down menu.
You will be taken to the "View-only links" section of the "Settings" page.
Click the +Add button to create a view-only link.
A modal will appear.
- Type a name for the link into the first field to help you identify it later (optional).
- 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).
- 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.
- Click the Create button.
The view-only link will be removed from your project.