Finding Open Access Content

What are your options if your requested full-text article is behind a paywall on a publisher’s platform?

We recommend the following:

  • Academic search engines
  • Open Access browser extensions / plug-ins
  • Scholarly Sharing: contact the author

Academic search engines

Browser extensions / plug-ins

Browser extensions / plug-ins will check on publisher’s platforms if an Open Access version of an article is freely available.

Scholarly Sharing: directly contact the author of an article

Authors generally retain the right of “scholarly sharing” when publishing in a journal. If contacted directly, they can share their content with interested researchers.
Send an inquiry directly to an author, asking if the content can be shared directly with you.

If all of the above should fail: contact us at and we will check if there’s any other option to get to the requested fulltext.

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