We instantly, legally find you access to the articles and data you need. We're trying to make paywalls a thing of past and share all research data, one request at a time.
It all started when two students got tired of hitting paywalls. Instead of accepting their frustration, they became inspired and took an idea to track the impact of paywalls to a hackday. Together with volunteer developers the Open Access Button was launched in November 2013.
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Before we create a request to the author we check that an article is not already legally available somewhere else. Our sources include all of the aggregated repositories in the world.
When an article or dataset isn’t available we ask the authors to share it. We help authors share fast, legally and widely so that not only you get access - but everyone does, forever! The end result is no more paywalls and the data you need at your fingertips.
Requests made through our system are public so others can join your request to motivate authors and we can hold them accountable. We believe authors should share, whenever possible. Research is publicly funded, and sharing is at the heart of the scientific method.
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The Open Access Button is supported by SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coaltion). SPARC is a global coalition committed to making Open the default for research and education. SPARC empowers people to solve big problems and make new discoveries through the adoption of policies and practices that advance Open Access, Open Data, and Open Education. Previously, we were incubated by Medsin.