May 28, 2022

Roundup: “Open Alternatives to Subscription Content”

Ed. Note: Anneliese Talor from the UCSF Library and Sarah Houghton from the California Digital Library have put together an excellent resource compilation of, “powerful new tools that can make your literature research process easier and more productive.” This resource is posted on the University of California: Office of Scholarly Communication website and can be used in any number of ways. It’s perfect for sharing with students and faculty. Finally, most of the resources listed are ones we follow closely on infoDOCKET so be on the lookout for updates. Kudos Anneliese and Sarah!

From the Post:

Paywalled content requires subscriber authentication or pay-per-view for unsubscribed content, whereas OA content is freely accessible to all readers. While the majority of scholarly publications are still published behind a paywall, the amount of literature published as open access at inception, or opened up by the author or publisher at some point after publication, is steadily growing. This shift has significantly expanded the variety of ways that reliable scholarly content can be accessed—even without a subscription.

Resources Listed/Linked Include:

  • Unpaywall
  • Koperino
  • HathiTrust
  • DOAR
  • and MANY others

Direct to the Complete Resource Roundup

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.