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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). 

  • 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
    It's the last line of your UCI ID card (2197000...) 

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
 

Unpaywall

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.