Open Access Button

This is a Chrome extension that allows users to request access to content – like journals – that is behind a paywall. There’s a bunch of people working hard behind the scenes to get you what you need and make it available to the world. This is not truly open, because the content isn’t allĀ open, but this is a very valuable tool.

“We instantly, legally, find you access to the articles and data you need or make it available for you. 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.”