Sciblogs | Getting scientific research papers without paying
lterrat's bookmarks 2017-05-02
"All but a relatively few (biological) science research journals require you to subscribe before you can get the research papers. Subscription fees can be hefty.
I simply can’t afford to subscribe to more than a couple of journals, and then only those that ask very modest fees for personal subscriptions. Scientists in poorer countries and institutions will have similar limitations, as will teachers, retired scientists, and others who have moved outside of the larger academic research institutions that carry access to large numbers of research publications.
It’s also quite a challenge for anyone trying to write book (or two!) without good access to the current literature.
Let’s look at a few of the options, in particular Unpaywall, and Sci Hub, before looking at the some of the limitations of the traditional ways."