Article: Unpaywall Is New Tool For Accessing Research Papers For Free

“Unpaywall” Is New Tool For Accessing Research Papers For Free

April 5, 2017 by Larry Ferlazzo

As anyone who has tried to pursue even a little bit of academic research can attest, publishers charge an arm-and-a-leg to access studies if you are not part of an institution that subscribes to their journals. And the authors of those studies don’t even get any of that money!

Last year, Sci-Hub broke through that barrier in one attempt (which may or may not be legal) to create more access – see The Best Commentaries On Sci-Hub, The Tool Providing Access to 50 Million Academic Papers For Free.

Today, another option was unveiled.

Today we’re launching a new tool to help people read research literature, instead of getting stuck behind paywalls. It’s an extension for Chrome and Firefox that links you to free full-text as you browse research articles. Hit a paywall? No problem: click the green tab and read it free!

The extension is called Unpaywall, and it’s powered by an open index of more than ten million legally-uploaded, open access resources.

Apparently, many institutions now require their faculty upload their published papers to their libraries, and that is a primary source for Unpaywall research.

I just tried it and it seems to work fairly well…

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April 06, 2017 at 03:20PM

One thought on “Article: Unpaywall Is New Tool For Accessing Research Papers For Free”

  1. Considering how OER’s and MOOC’s have proven that there is an appetite for access to previously privileged institutions for learning its not surprising then that some one has made another crack at trying to free up the strangle hold publishers have on the academic content industry. By all accounts its a bit of a racket and collectively the publishing industry has been milking profits from this paid for access for decades to little benefit of the original authors and researchers. Score! for the little guy.

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