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Alternative Access to Articles: Overview


Below are alternative ways to get articles published in Elsevier journals.  

The history of the negotiations, as covered in the media and by UCOP, are available at: UC Journal Negotiations with Elsevier.

InterLibrary Loan

UCI Libraries ILL Unit participates in a global resource sharing network whose mission is to support your research. ILL staff are available and happy to assist you in getting articles, quickly, freely, and conveniently through Interlibrary loan (ILL) and document delivery service (DDS). Elsevier articles published in 2019 and later are being handled in an expedited fashion. 

There are two primary ways to get access to this content:

1.  From ScienceDirect:

  • Visit ScienceDirect.
  • Search for the article you want.
  • Click Get Access.  


  • Click Context Sensitive Linking.  


  • Click Interlibrary Loan Request.  
  • NOTE: Using this method saves time by automatically entering the citation information in your ILL request form.

2.  From UC Citation Linker:

  • Visit the UC Citation Linker.
  • Enter the citation for the article.
  • Select Request this from the library.  


​You will need your Library Card/Account Number for both methods. 

  • It's the last line of your UCI ID card (2197000...)  
  • If you do not know your Library Card/Account Number, please call one of our Check Out Desks or email us at

Open Access

Below are links to plug-ins, open repositories, and search services. The UC Library may also integrate some of these services into UC-eLinks, for seamless access via the discovery services.

Free Plug-Ins
Use Chrome and Firefox extensions
to easily find or get Open Access articles.

Open Access Button


Open Access Repositories Subject-specific collections of article pre-prints


Ask Authors

Most publishers allow “responsible sharing” of one's own publications. You can contact the author directly to ask for a PDF. Please refer to Sherpa/Romeo to check current license terms for the journal in question.​

Alternatively you can join an academic social network and request articles from colleagues in the network. Note that the network may collect your data, so understand the terms.


Contact UCI Libraries

We can help you locate the information you need: Contact Ask-A-Librarian to get help.