3 ways to access free research papers online


Neon open sign

With the open access movement, there are increasing amounts of open access research articles available to you.

But it can be a challenge to find a free version of a specific article in the sea of institutional and subject repositories. We’ve rounded up three tools to help you out.

The first two are browser extensions that work with Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. It’s as easy as downloading a plug-in and clicking a button to track down a free article. The third tool is DOI resolver service that you can search by DOI.

Open Access Button
By: Open Access Button
Availability: Chrome Web Store and Mozilla Add-ons
Cost: Free
Get the articles and data you need with the Open Access Button. The Button searches thousands of sources to get you instant, legal access to articles. If the article or dataset you need is not available, you can create a request for the research.

Unpaywall
By: Impactstory
Availability: Chrome Web Store and Mozilla Add-ons
Cost: Free
Get free, legal fulltext of research papers as you browse. When you view a paywalled research article, Unpaywall automatically looks for a copy in our index of over 10 million free, legal fulltext PDFs. If we find one, click the green tab to read the article.

oaDOI
By: Impactstory
Availability: https://oadoi.org/
Cost: Free
Search this DOI resolver service to find a free version of the article. Simply, type or paste a DOI into the search box. If there’s an open access version of the article, oaDOI will send you there, instead of the paywalled article landing page.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s