Open Access Helper
There are more than 46 million Open Access versions of otherwise “paywalled” scientific articles.
Open Access Helper is designed to help you get easy & legal access to these documents, plus assist with convenient access of your library’s resources!
The Problem to be solved
When looking for scientific literature you often hit an expensive paywall, while the document might be available to you as free Open Access or as part of your institutional subscription. Open Access Helper is designed to help you in both situations:
- Whenever the extensions comes across a DOI, it will query the APIs of unpaywall.org & core.ac.uk to see if an Open Access copy is available elsewhere and clearly indicate this for easy and quick access
- If no Open Access copy is available and if you have enabled your institution, Open Access Helper can help guide you to the institutional Link Resolver and/or EZProxy login
To truly benefit of your institution’s subscription, you must start at the library website, but not every discovery starts there.
With Open Access Helper you can start anywhere, and the extension can help you find the right access point for an article through your institution’s link resolver. If available the extension can also help you access a site through EZProxy, a popular remote access solution!
The team behind unpaywall.org started the Open Access browser extension revolution. Learn more at unpaywall.org
More Open Access, the search behind the main app & source of Recommendation data! Learn more at core.ac.uk
How often was an article cited? This can help provide additional context. Learn more at opencitations.net
Free & Open
While the app is distributed through the App Store, the code is available at GitHub, so you can review it. Check it out at GitHub.