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  • Resolved ncipriani


    I am working with Springer publisher in order to allow users (who input a password) to click on a link in our WordPress site and receive free access to Springer articles.
    In order to do this, they need to “see” our WordPress page: as a “referral URL”.
    However, Springer is not able to “see” the WordPress site and therefore not give users free access.
    How do I make this page viewable as a referral URL by Springer when users click on a link within this page?

    Thank you,

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  • Hello,

    you’d better ask Spring directly, as a “referer URL” is something that web browser automatically send with HTTP request.

    If you want to inspect it on your side, open your web browser, open the settings/menu, then search for “development tools” or “more tools”, click on the “network” tab then click your link that directs towards Springer’s website. Several requests should appear in the tab you’ve just opened, select the one that has a “type” of “html” then verify in its headers for the “referer” parameter. It should contain the URL that Springer will get when people arrive on their site from yours… See the picture here.


    I have already spoken with Springer – they have set the referral URL as my page

    but when members click on the link on my page, Springer does not recognize them. They are listed as “unaffiliated”. Please try the link above yourself and see.

    Linked below is the Unaffiliated status on Springer, as well as the Developer tools console showing a “cannot read property” error:


    I also see that the console says : Referrer Policy: no-referrer-when-downgrade

    Referrer Policy: no-referrer-when-downgrade

    We are linking from an http site to an https site, which would be an “upgrade” not a “downgrade” so the https site should be able to see us… I am not sure what else to do.

    Thank you,

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 3 months ago by ncipriani. Reason: additional info

    Dear Sylvain,

    Actually I figured out the problem – wordpress automatically adds a “noreferrer” tag (rel=”noreferrer noopener”) when setting a blank target (new tab). All I had to do was change the link to NOT set the target as blank, and the problem was solved.

    Many thanks,

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