The Open Data Button has now merged with the Open Access Button. Your account and request will stay the same, but you'll need to get the new plugin. For more on the changes see our blog.
Thanks for your support! Team Button has now merged with the Open Access Button and our Request system.
The Open Access Button is an app that helps researchers, patients, students and the public get legal access to research they need and request research be made available. Since November 2013, we have made 15,000 requests for research articles and data.
The Open Access Button instantly searches for a freely accessible version of the article or dataset you need. If we are unable to get you access, you can create a request.
The Open Access Button searches thousands of sources with millions of articles to find you legal access to research articles. We are able to connect users to free and legal articles, because authors are often able to archive a version of their research article in repositories. We are integrated with BASE, which indexes over 5.5 million Open Access articles and CORE.
We’re tired of requests for research, especially data, going unanswered. Instead we’re designing a transparent and effective request system to help make more research accessible. If we are unable to get you access, you can create a request quickly with the Open Access Button. We’ll contact the author on your behalf and others can support your request. By holding researchers accountable for sharing their research articles and data, and providing them pathways to share their research, we will make more research legally and freely available. Papers and datasets obtained through our request system will be deposited through the Open Science Framework, Dissem.in and Zenodo.
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In 2013 two students, Joe McArthur and David Carroll, were tired of hitting paywalls. Instead of accepting their frustration, they became inspired and took an idea to track the impact of paywalls to a BMJ Hackday. Together with volunteer developers the beta version of the Open Access Button was launched in November 2013.
Today the Open Access Button has grown to be an international initiative and we’ve made over 15,000 requests for articles and data. The Button is run by an international team of early career professionals and students -- together the Button team builds the Open Access Button apps, facilitates article and data requests, advocates for research access for all.
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Please contact email@example.com or +44732634892 to speak to the Open Access Button team. We will respond to you as soon as possible.
We request that when writing the abbreviation "OA Button" isn't used. We prefer "Open Access Button." "The Button" may also be used in the context of Open Access Button branding or following the use of the full name.
Our Privacy Privacy can be found at openaccessbutton.org/privacy
The Open Access Button is supported by SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coaltion). SPARC is a global coalition committed to making Open the default for research and education. SPARC empowers people to solve big problems and make new discoveries through the adoption of policies and practices that advance Open Access, Open Data, and Open Education.
We are humbled that this project has been contributed to by more people than we dare to count. We have listed as many as we can below (ones that have not been listed have been listed elsewhere).
Many of the team have missed family events, social occasions, and time with loved ones along this journey. We would like to thank you all for sticking with us, and forgiving us for all the future things we will miss. There is still much to do, and we can not do it without you.
In 2014, the wonderful people below pitched in to help us create the second version of the Open Access Button.
Over 600 people supported us on Thunderclaps. If Thunderclap told us your name we would thank you personally, but you know who you are.
We wanted to thank everyone else who has contributed to the project, sometimes in small but significant ways, and sometimes in large and significant ways.