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Article: Unpaywall Is New Tool For Accessing Research Papers For Free
“Unpaywall” Is New Tool For Accessing Research Papers For Free
April 5, 2017by 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!
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.