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How to Read Scientific Journal Articles for Free Using UnPayWall.org

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Read Research Papers for Free Using UnPayWall.org

Did you know that you can legally read scientific journal articles for free even if they are behind a paywall?

Well you can now.

You can do this using unpaywall.org, a free, legal online service that I’ll show you how to use in the post below.

This is my review of unpaywall.org, a non-profit organisation that has made my fact checking life a whole lot easier.

The Open Access to Science Articles Debate

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Why Open Access Data is Important

It appears that there is a growing movement to create open access for anyone in the world to read journal articles.

This is one of those disruptive industries taking something that is currently, very expensive and finding a way to make it accessible to millions.

Major academic journal publishers make a big profit from universities, colleges, libraries and individuals who take out subscriptions to journals that they publish.

Then the publishers also offer you a pay per article vs a subscription route, which is very pricey. In my video below you’ll see the pay as you go prices range from $15- $36+ USD per article!

So you can see why a publisher might not want the research article pdf available for free to download. They are there to make a profit at the end of the day, which is fine.

I didn’t know that there are five major publishers in the world who control the scientific research being shared.

You can read more on the debate of this oligopoly of academic publishers in the digital era here.

However, their concerns of loss of income from this this new type of disruptive internet service might not be an issue. According to Prof. Martin Eve this free tool might not affect subscription rates.

I guess many might argue against this search tool that lets you easily find these free access pdf’s.

❤️ I personally love the idea!

Who wouldn’t want an efficient legal way to find free information? That is the power of the internet!

The Founders

Unpaywall.org is founded by the same two founders of impactstory.org:

  1. Heather Piwowar
  2. Jason Priem

It officially launched on 4 April 2017 and has had more than 10,000 downloads in just its first few weeks.

Is UnPayWall Illegal?

No. Unpaywall.org finds PDFs that were legally uploaded by the authors from different open-access repositories databases worldwide. These legal articles are then accessed on demand by oadoi.org using a free, fast, open API.

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The Legal Way to Find Open Access Papers

There is an illegal competitor out there called Sci-Hub. Apparently, they use a scraping method which means they can find PDFs online that weren’t shared with an authors permission. So this would be the pirate option for those looking.

How to Use UnPayWall.org Extension

Installation Instructions

Here are the steps that you need to do to install the unpaywall extension:

  1. Go to unpaywall.org
  2. Choose either the official Chrome Browser Extension or Firefox Add-On
  3. Follow the steps in your browser to activate the extension/add-on
  4. Done

It really is that easy. No you are good to good to go hunting for free pdf’s which I’ll show you how in the next steps.

How to Use UnPayWall.org

Now that you have installed on your browser you want to use it see if you finally read the full text article of a research article vs the Pubmed summary only.

1. Navigate to the article on the journal website
You can’t use the Pubmed url page. You need to go the article page on the journal’s website. It is easy to do by following the link from Pubmed as you can see below.
2. Look for the green lock badge
If there is a free pdf version on the web then unpaywall will show a green unlocked icon on the right side of your browser

unpaywall free pdf badge example

Look for the Green Unlocked Badge

3. Click the Green Unlocked Badge
When you click the green badge then you will be taken to the the pdf they found in a new tab on your browser.

That is all you need to do, which is so simple.

You might see this grey badge sometimes, which means no free pdf was found.

Unpaywall Grey Badge Example

No Free PDF Found Example

Optional Settings

Badge OA Source Colour

You can set the colour of the badge to show three different types of open access sourcing.

  • Green – means it is a Green OA article on a preprint server or institutional repository.
  • Gold – means it is a Gold OA article available from the publisher under an open license.
  • Blue – means it is a Blue OA article that is available, but lacking license information.
Different OA source badge colours option

Example of different colour badges as optional setting

To be able to do this option follow these steps:

  1. Click the unpaywall icon in your browser window
  2. Go to settings
  3. Check “Color-code tab for Green and Gold OA”
Hide Certain Content Sources

This is an option to hide content sourced from

  • ResearchGate,
  • Academia.edu,
  • Researcher homepages,
  • Some IR’s (a.k.a institutional repository).

Apparently this option can decrease sourcing coverage by about 20%.

To be able to do this option follow these steps:

  1. Click the unpaywall icon in your browser window
  2. Go to settings
  3. Check “Hide content from less trusted sources”

Others Ways to Find Research PDF’s Online

You can also try these three other options

1. PubMed Institutional Repository LinkOut
Click on one of the link out badge or text link options that take you to the free PDF directly from the PubMed summary page. Click here to find out more.
2. Open Access Button
Another open access legal free way to get around paywall research articles. Search there database plus be able to send a request for access to the owner from their website. Click here to find out more.
3. Use Google Advance Operator Search
Use Google to try find a research pdf online using the filetype:pdf search operator. For example copy this with your custom title into a google search box to see how it works – filetype:pdf “Effects of Mattress Material on Body Pressure Profiles”. Click here to use the advanced search operators page.

Conclusion

I hope you found this tutorial useful.

If you are a chiropractor, osteopath or physiotherapist you’ll understand how cool this new technology is helping practitioners who no longer have access to a uni library. Students don’t always realise the benefit they get with access to so many journals via their educational institutions subscription.

Here is a list Chiropractic research journals unpaywall.org works on or are open access:

I’m sure this service is going to grow and I hope I can help it go viral so that more people get to read the full length articles to get better informed and so make better health decisions.

Spinal Awareness Week 2015: Move Better – Live Better

It is coming to that time of year for the annual Chiropractic promotional event from the United Chiropractic Association titled: Spinal Awareness Week 2015 | Move Better – Live Better

Spinal Awareness Week runs 11 - 15 May in 2015 by the United Chiropractic Association

Official UCA Statement

Spinal Awareness Week is a national initiative from the United Chiropractic Association and will be held every May. The theme for this year’s Spinal Awareness Week 11th – 15th May is:
‘Move Better-Live Better’

Through Spinal Awareness Week we plan to educate and encourage people to introduce changes to their lifestyle that will allow them to Move Better and ultimately Live Better. Chiropractors acknowledge that the elderly population in the UK is increasing and through Chiropractic care and advice can not only improve the independence and quality of life of the elderly but also reduce the financial burden on an already stretched NHS. Chiropractors have much to offer this rapidly expanding demographic group, not the least of which is maintenance of spinal flexibility, improving posture and balance.

One of the leading causes of death in the elderly is falling, nearly one in three elderly adults falls every year with approximately 35% being hospitalised as a direct result of their fall. These tragedies could be prevented through proper postural corrections that have shown to improve balance.

During Spinal Awareness Week, UCA chiropractors will be offering health promotion and wellness advice for older adults seeking to maintain and improve mental and physical fitness. As you age, positive attitudes about lifestyle changes can vastly improve your quality of life. UCA Chiropractors will be giving screenings and health talks as well as offering advice on improving mobility, flexibility and fall prevention.

Our objective is to ‘Make Health Last’ and through chiropractic adjustments, exercise and diet advice, Chiropractors can have a huge effect on the health of not just our ageing population but everyone.

Source: Taken from http://www.united-chiropractic.org/spinal-awareness-week/ 23 March 2015

Collection of Event Marketing Posters

Click on the slideshow below to see pictures of the posters used to promote the event in Chiropractors’ clinics and marketing channels.

Watch the Official Video

Click on the YouTube video below to see the beautifully created video highlighting staying strong as we age.

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Doctored: New Pro-Chiropractic Documentary

Doctored the Movie

You Might Need More Than an Apple to Keep the Doctor Away

There is a new health documentary launched recently in 2012 called Doctored. I first heard of the making of this pro-Chiropractic film I think at the end of last year or definitely the beginning of this year. What is really cool is that there is a limited time you can watch the entire movie free online.

At mercola.com they teamed up with the movie producers to let anyone see the full length documentary for free in the link I’ll provide below. You’d better hurry as apparently it will close on 17 November 2012. It is an inspiring health documentary on the benefits of natural healing without excess drugs or surgery. The film also mentions some of the history of Chiropractic with the famous Wilk et.al vs American Medical Association court case from 1976 to 1987. Probably many patients don’t know that the American Medical Association at the time had a committee whose task it was to eliminate the Chiropractic profession. Continue reading

Being a Chiropractor is a Top Job in 2012

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Time for a Career in Chiropractic

It is that time of year again for the Wall Street Journal article on the top jobs for 2012 and guess what, being a chiropractor made the top 100 jobs again.

This year again being a doing Chiropractic as a career has improved in the position from number 56 in 2010, number 32 in 2011 to now number 19 in 2012. It looks like the average mid-level chiropractor salary is now $67,350.00, according to comcast research. You can find out how to a study to become a chiropractor in the UK or if you want to I have a list of where to study Chiropractic in America I have a list of some of the different US Chiropractic colleges on the top job for 2010 page. Continue reading

23 and a Half Hours Disease Cured in 30 minutes

Want to know what is one of the most effective treatments to keep you healthy, to reduce your risk of chronic lifestyle diseases and takes up to 30 minutes per day to perform? I know you want to know what is this miracle cure for our bodies is. The best thing is this treatment is free and can be done anywhere in the world.

To see what I’m talking about today watch the video below from Dr Mike Evans to see what could change your life today forever. Continue reading

Powerful Photo About Healthy Versus Skinny

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Skinny is Not Sexy, Health Is

I came across this photo about health versus just dieting on the latest hit social website, Pinterest.

What I like about it is the major point that looking good to others or yourself should not just be a focus on your actual weight. The focus should be on a healthy weight.

This model for Nike here looks amazing! She doesn’t look gaunt, she doesn’t look weak, she doesn’t look like she could break a bone easily, her body tone is not excessive in any way or form.

It is a good advert for Nike saying use our stuff to get healthy and look like her.

Coming back to the main point though when we aim to achieve a balanced healthy lifestyle I think if we could have enough energy for our days, enough strength to play randomly and carry our bodies in a strong posture effortlessly we are getting there. This is also what Jack Lalanne said in his motivational videos.

I know this photo reminded me today to watch my food type choices and to want to be able to have a body I can move easily and do what I want to do on this earth.

Image Credit: Pinned by RC Ramo Cola

How to Give a Vitamin B Injection Properly

Have you ever had a Vitamin B injection in your bum cheek? Recently I came across a person who was wondering why they had such a pain in their left buttock. What made this case interesting was they didn’t link the intra-muscular (IM) injection to their current pain in the butt. He had the injection to help boost his energy for the start of the year.

If you want to know how your doctor, nurse, you or a loved one should give a gluteal intra-muscular injection then you can watch the video below. Continue reading

Brian Lima “The Chiropractor” Rugby Tackles

Rugby World Cup of 2011 in New Zealand started today and being in the rugby zone I thought I’d remind of you Brian Lima “The Chiropractor”. Brian was nicknamed the chiropractor for his hard tackles. It is said when Brian Lima rugby tackled your he hit you so hard it would click all your bones like going to a chiropractor. Don’t worry seeing a chiropractor for the first time wouldn’t be like getting rugby tackled from Brian Lima 🙂 Continue reading

Row For Life 2011 Charity Challenge

You may not know this, but 10 Brits will be rowing 1 million metres non-stop to raise funds for charity this year. The Row for Life team of 2011 will be attempting to set a new British record by achieving this monstrous feat. This years rowing team is lead by Isle of Wight chiropractor, Martin Scotcher.

Martin is a specific McTimoney chiropractor and also a veteran of the last two row for life events in 2009 and 2010 which have always raised funds for the Africa Childrens Development Trust (Registered charity no:1125815). Continue reading

When Pain Becomes a Disease – Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain

Waiting for Chronic Pain To End

Chronic pain is a problem for many people unfortunately in the world. Chronic pain can be anywhere in the body and you may have heard, for example, or you might be experiencing a chronic neck pain or chronic low back pain.

So what exactly is meant by chronic pain and why does chronic pain occur in our lower backs or necks? I came across a great video today from US paediatric anaesthetist, Dr Elliot Krane, on what chronic pain is in simple terms and diagrams and why pain can become the disease and not just the symptom of a say a neck injury. Continue reading

How To Stretch & Exercise on an Airplane Flight

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The Economy Seat 🙁

I have just recently done a 11 hour long-haul airplane flight, which was so uncomfortable for my back. It got me thinking about an exercise and stretch routine to do on a plane flight. I usually get up and move about on the long-haul flights, but this time I had to sit in the middle row and did not have an aisle seat. This meant I didn’t get up as much to walk and stretch in the back of the plane.

So I went hunting on the internet to see if I could find any tips or videos to show me an exercise and stretch routine I could practice on my next airline trip, which happens to be in a weeks time. I think I have found some really cool stretch videos both for those in a cramped seat and those lucky enough to have lots of leg room up the front of the plane. I thought I’d also include my personal 10 tips to make a flight that little bit better. Continue reading

How Long You Had Pain Poll?

 

I thought I’d asked this question how long people visiting the chiropractic health blog have had pain since pain relief articles on ChiroCentre seem to be popular reads. I was right because it was the most popular poll to date. At the end of March 2011 the majority of people had said their pain had only be around less than a week. There were people saying they had been in pain for years. Continue reading

Rugby Tricks and Skills: Rugby World Cup 2011

rugby tricks and skillsIt is that time again for Rugby World Cup 2011. I love rugby and came across some cool rugby tricks and skills videos. The world cup of rugby union will be held in New Zealand this time and the build up and taunting has begun.

The All Blacks have started by releasing a video with Sky Sports New Zealand to promote the All Blacks skill competition. In the spirit of rugby the Australian Brumbies team responded to the New Zealand All Blacks tricks video with one of their own. I’d love to see each team in the rugby world cup 2011 response to the rugby tricks videos. Let the games begin. Continue reading

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Plantar Fasciitis: Pain in Foot

Plantar Fasciitis

Pain in Your Foot?

Plantar fasciitis is a cause for pain in the foot. Plantar what you may say? Plantar fasciitis affects many patients who have been walking or running incorrectly for a while. They don’t know why their foot, ankle or heel is so sore and especially first thing in the morning. You might even think you have a trapped nerve in your foot or heel, but it is not.

Today I thought I would share some information I found on how to fix plantar fasciitis. There are may options available and I want to look at orthotics for your shoes, taping, soft tissue techniques and exercise stretches that you can do to help your painful feet. Oh and yes I know you probably thought fasciitis was spelt with one “i”, but there are supposed to be to “i’s” it is not a typo. Continue reading

What Are Your Favourite iPhone Health Apps?

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Medical Apps

I must admit I do like my iphone and I do like the apps that you can download on the phone from itunes. Well of course I have an interest in the iphone’s healthcare, fitness and medical application categories. So over time I have downloaded some free apps and some paid for apps. Some apps are good and some ok.

So it got me wondering how can I find some of the best iphone health apps out there? So I thought I’d ask you “What’s are your favourite iphone health apps“? Continue reading

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Women’s Handbag Health Concern

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What is in a Women’s Handbag

I recently came across this video with Dr Oz of Oprah Winfrey TV show fame talking about handbag weights on women’s health. Dr Oz quoted a survey study done by the American Chiropractic Association on the weight ladies carry in their handbags. In the UK a similar research study has been done by department store, Debenhams.

See what Dr Oz says about the weight of a woman’s handbag and how she carries it can affect her back in his show “Handbag Hazards”. Also find out what the average weight of a UK woman’s handbag is and how it has changed over the years by 100%. Continue reading

World Health Day 2010

World Health Day 2010 starts today 7 April and runs till 11 April 2010. This years World Health Day theme is “1000 cities, 1000 lives”. The aim of this year health day are:

  1. 1000 cities: to open up public spaces to health, whether it be activities in parks, town hall meetings, clean-up campaigns, or closing off portions of streets to motorized vehicles.
  2. 1000 lives: to collect 1000 stories of urban health champions who have taken action and had a significant impact on health in their cities. Continue reading

UK Chiropractic Marketing Survey 2009 by the GCC

Public Awareness of Chiropractic

Public Awareness of Chiropractic

A new Chiropractic marketing survey was released recently in 2009. Do you think you could answer these questions about your awareness of Chiropractic recently surveyed for by the General Chiropractic Council.

For me it was interesting to read the recent survey on the public awareness of the UK chiropractic profession. Some of the questions asked were “Do you know about what chiropractors do?” and “Were you aware of what chiropractors do before today?”. The UK market research group IPSOS-MORI was used to conduct the 2009 study and the same study in 2004. The market research group found encouraging results for the Chiropractic profession. IPSOS-MORI got to compare public chiropractic awareness and perceptions figures for the first time over a 5 year period. So what were some of their findings on the UK public’s ability to know what a chiropractor is and does. You can find out more below. Continue reading

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AC Milan Sports Injuries Clinic – Milan Lab

David Beckham AC Milan Lab

Last nights European Champions League football game between England’s Manchester United and Italy’s AC Milan was amazing. The Manchester Milan game has been the talk of the week on all the news stations and British newspapers. Manchester ended beating Milan in last nights European champions league game (10 March 2010) 4-0.

Some of the biggest focus of the night was Milan footballer and ex-Manchester star, David Beckham. Beckham is now 34 years-old and playing between Italy for AC Milan and the USA for Major League Soccer team LA Galaxy. David Beckham is one of the football players who is under the medical supervision of world renowned sport injuries clinic, the Milan Lab. Continue reading