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    Forum Freshman uma_and_bill's Avatar
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    Hi everyone, I've been all over the internet looking to see if there are any sources of free scientific journals, i would pay for them but I'm a skint student. I do have access to some off bits on the OU library but nothing very cutting edge. I'm interested in herpetology and zoology journals and some geology. Where do you guys get your scientific journals?

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    The only guaranteed 'always free' ones are in PLoS. PLOS

    If you use a science news site like Science Daily: News & Articles in Science, Health, Environment & Technology, they always have a link to the corresponding author of each paper at the bottom of each item. If you really want a particular paper, send an email and the author will usually email you a copy if you ask for it.

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    Why not ask the professors where you attend school at which ones they read and ask them which ones they recommend for you. Then decide which ones you want to subscribe to.
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    PNAS, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, publishes weekly across a broad array of subjects. There are usually one or two free access articles in each issue and all abstracts are accessible. After one year, or eighteen months, all articles are free.
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

    The SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System gives access to abstracts and many free full articles. Although the focus is on astronomy there are plenty of papers on planetary geology.
    SAO/NASA ADS: ADS Home Page

    Google Scholar is the best source I've found for free geology papers. Even on quite specific subjects I've generally found more material than I have time to read. For example, there were a over a thousand relating at least in passing to Angrites, with at least one hundred being focused on them. Angrites are a specific kind of meteorite of which only eleven specimens have been found.

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    I used to make a lot of use of PubMed, which is stronger on the life sciences. As a test I queried gymnophiona to address a subset of your herpetology interest. It only turned up 104 articles, but that may be 104 that you have never seen before.
    Home - PubMed - NCBI
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