Part 2 - How to ACCESS scientific articles
In part 1 we gave some tips and hints how to FIND scientific literature using Google Scholar (lean!), SciFinder or ISI Web of Knowledge (expensive... unless you work in academia or a large corporation and get everything for FREE) .
Great! Now you have the reference and probably the abstract, but you would like to check the full publication for some useful information. And there is the PAY button of 36 USD - what to do?
Paying is of course a good option. However, if you want to scan quite a few papers this could become easily very expensive... There are other ways!
We like to share our experiences of cost and time-efficient approaches. Today, we feature ACCESS, the second of three categories:
Featured tools today in the category ”ACCESS”
DeepDyve is the Spotify for scientific literature! You can read as many publications as you like, but you can not download them. The costs are about 1 USD per day, if a full year is "booked". And there is an allowance to print 20 and sometimes even 40 pages per month. Personally, I use DeepDyve since 3 years and are quite happy with it. Many publishers are supporting it, but not all (ACS not 😟). And search does not work with the DOI... but it is just great to view many different publications when researching a topic and not worrying about access rights or costs.
Officially, ResearchGate is the largest social networking site for scientists and researchers to ask and answer questions, and find collaborators. Inofficially, it is also a good way to share, respectively access papers. And when using Google Scholar the link to the respective document in ResearchGate is often even displayed on the right side. I believe it is legally a grey area, but it is often quite useful.
Sci-Hub is a pirate site “...to remove all barriers in the way of science”. Well, most likely 100% illegal (Elsevier filed 2015 a legal complaint...), but even Nature nominated the founder, Alexandra Elbakyan, among the top 10 people who mattered most in year 2016. And if you are not afraid of some obscure russian websites and you are desperate to get just this article, it can be an option...
Open Access Journals
Your lucky day! Open access journals are becoming more and more popular... also because there are options to get access without paying. In 2015 over 10'000 journals were open access journals. However, the publishers work must be paid somehow and in this case the authors, their respective universities and companies or other subsidising organisations pay to publish the articles.
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