Tag: Open Access

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What are the Types of Open Access Research Journal

Today I will be discussing about the various types of Open Access (OA) journal articles. This has become imperative given the growing demand and support it has garnered over the fifteen years of its emergence. Event in recent years have shown an increasing number of individual authors, reviewers, funding agencies (both governments, private, and non-governmental), institutions, universities, libraries, publishers etc, embracing Open Access research article publication. The advent of several technological tools such Unpaywall, DOAJ, the infamous Sci-hub, various academic social networks like ResearchGate, Academia.edu etc have further increased the popularity of OA and brought about deeper scrutiny of the traditional toll access publication process. To worsen matters, the increasing cost of toll access journal subscriptions, further propelled the adoption of OA as a viable alternative by several stakeholders. Furthermore, research has shown that, on the average, Open Access articles receive about 18% more citations than toll access articles, indicating an increased use of OA articles. 1

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How to Use Unpaywall
Introduction | Today I will walk us through how to use Unpaywall to access millions of Open Access copies of Paywalled Journal articles easily. Researching hers are often faced with the problem of how to search for articles and journals they wish to use in their works, more so now they have a huge number of paywall restricted and Open Access journal articles to search and select from. Libraries in developing countries are constrained by lack of funds, so subscriptions to scientific journals is almost non-existent and even where available, are not regular and also poorly maintained. Researchers in these countries are thus left with no other choice but to source alternatives. The number of Open Access journal articles is fast increasing as more publishers embrace the concept of Open Access to scientific research articles. It would be a Herculean task for researchers to have to surf through thousands of publisher journals and millions of articles. While paywall restricted journal articles can be accessed through the infamous Sci-hub site (often dubbed as 'Illegal'), Unpaywall boasts…