[Discuss] Access to Academic Articles

Tiberius Brastaviceanu tiberius.brastaviceanu at gmail.com
Tue Dec 31 16:39:30 UTC 2013

Option 3 is very effective if you are part of a network containing
individuals affiliated with academic institutions. We use it a lot in
On Dec 31, 2013 9:01 AM, "Joshua Pearce" <professor.pearce at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Malcom,
> You have hit on a major problem in academia  - lack of basic access to
> past research. Even publicly funded research is often behind absurd pay
> walls. You are not alone -- even relatively good academic libraries rarely
> carry all of the titles. I can't get access to some of my own work without
> paying $50/paper. Many academics share your frustration and the open access
> movement in academia is growing strong. I am confident that in the near
> future everything will be freely available - all federal funded research in
> the US is about to go that way following the NIH model....and OSH will be
> next :)
> That doesn't help you with your project today - so I have a few
> recommendations:
> 1. Look in the open access repositories where we post our preprints such
> as
> https://www.academia.edu/
> https://www.researchgate.net/
> http://arxiv.org/
> even a simple  http://scholar.google.com/ searches for the articles that
> you are interested in sometimes turn up free versions
> 2. If you can at least get to the abstract page on the paid page - you
> should be able to get the email of the contact author. If you email the
> author, ask for a copy while saying something nice and that you "want to
> read it in order to cite it"....that should work 90% of the time.
> 3. Make an academic friend in the field that would be willing to share
> their personal database with you (e.g. Zotero, Mendeley etc) so that you
> can get you most everything else.
> Best of luck
> Joshua
> --
> Joshua M. Pearce, Ph.D.
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