Open access alternatives to access journal articles
We wanted to bring a few resources to your attention that might help some of you access the pay-walled articles we sometimes include. In recent months a number of legal, open source, non profit tools have been developed that give people access to otherwise subscription-only journal article. Two of these are:
Open Access Button https://openaccessbutton.org/ a tool that has a searchable database with copies of articles that comes into play when a user hits a paywall. (It will be integrated into existing interlibrary-loan arrangements in the US this year).
Unpaywall www.unpaywall.org is a simple browser extension free to install for Chrome and Firefox that allows access to a database of millions of author-uploaded PDFs. It can instantly deliver legal, open-access, full text as you browse.
Read more about the different alternatives in this overview article from The Chronicle of Higher Education.