How to create a community post

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Here's how to create a community post:

1. Login to the community. Not logged in? You can do that here.

2. Click on 'Contribute' in the top right corner of the green banner, and select 'Create a post'.

Contribute button
Create a post

3. Only Contributors can create a post in the community. If you would like to post, and don't see the 'Contribute' menu then please get in touch with us and we can update your profile.

4. Click on the green 'New post' button. That's it for the changes, everything else remains the same!

5. You can add a title, an introduction (optional and limited to 300 characters) and your main text into the format box.

Creating your post

6. Select an appropriate channel from the options listed on the right, e.g. Behind the Paper.

Choose a channel

7. We recommend adding a poster image. This is the image displayed at the top of the post (behind the title) and is used to generate thumbnail versions of your content for the homepage and in any channel collections. The poster image is also automatically pulled into social media posts so you can easily share your content on these sites. Images less than 1MB work best. You can upload a new image or select an existing image from your library. 

Poster image

8. You can add photos, figures, illustrations, etc. by clicking on the image button, add as many as you like!

Add an image

9. You can add a video from any video hosting website, such as YouTube or Vimeo, by clicking on the video button and copying and pasting the embed code into the pop-up box.

Add a video

10. You can also add hyperlinks by clicking on the link button.

Add links to other content

11. You can save a draft of your post by clicking Save Draft and then return to it later by clicking on 'My Posts' in the drop-down menu when clicking on your profile. You will see a list of all your posts (drafts as well as those already published) and you can edit these at any time, even after publishing them, but clicking on the three dots next to each post and selecting 'Edit'. Don't forget, you also preview your draft in this way too. 

My posts
My posts

12. When you are ready to publish your post, click Publish – making sure to select today’s date if you are returning to a draft version. 

13. If you're posting a Behind the Paper, remember to add your journal badge and a link to your paper

The post is now live on the Community site - congratulations!

Ruth Milne

Past Springer Nature Staff Member, Springer Nature


Go to the profile of Mohamed Z. Hatim
about 2 years ago

Thank you very much Ruth for this valuable post. I've followed the steps as mentioned in your article and I've contacted the denoted email to activate my account a week ago but so far nothing happened. Is there something else that I should do?

Thank you in advance.