Open Access Button-Scholarly Communications - Carnegie Mellon University

Open Access Button

Supported by the student-driven Right to Research Coalition, the Open Access Button is an initiative to

  • Track the impact of paywalls on access to research.
  • Help users find open access copies of the research they need.

The Button is a browser bookmarklet that aggregates data contributed by users and presents it on a map to illustrate the challenges researchers face in accessing published papers.

Open Access Button

Recommended Action

  1. Sign up for an Open Access Button.
  2. Activate your Open Access Button.  You can find instructions here: Chrome, Firefox, Safari, iPad, Internet Explorer.
  3. Use your Open Access Button to help show the impact of paywalls, find open access copies of the resources you need, increase awareness of the problem, and change scholarly publishing. 

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