[Discuss] Access to Academic Articles

Harris Kyriakou ckyriako at stevens.edu
Tue Dec 31 17:51:38 UTC 2013

Another idea is to search at the websites of the authors. Many of them
unofficially share their published papers.
As a more temporary solution and if you have have a specific list of papers
you are interested in, I will be more than glad to help you get access.


On Tue, Dec 31, 2013 at 11:39 AM, Tiberius Brastaviceanu <
tiberius.brastaviceanu at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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.
>> Associate Professor
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