Knowledge for better food systems

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 our newsletter Fodder.  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 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 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.