How to Access/Download Paid journal Articles (ACS, ELSEVIER, SCIENCE DIRECT ETC) Without Paying

Are you looking for a way to have easy and smooth  Access/Download Paid journal Articles from  ACS, ELSEVIER, SCIENCE DIRECT ETC  Without Paying? If yes, please continue reading.

Undoubtedly, Research publication is practically known to all scientist and researchers as an expensive field, both for researcher and readers. Most of the scientific studies are behind the paywall when the researcher refuses to pay the publication fee for open-access publication.

Requesting for payment from publishers does not only frustrate  the early researchers who don’t have Institutional e-library access, it also limits professional researchers their ability to explore in more research areas. There are many unauthorize or  illegal ways to download research papers. 

In this post, I’m going to share the Legal ways to download Research Papers for Free and also the illegal or unauthorize way to download research journal papers. No more guilt of using pirated content in your content.


FIRST—> The legal ways

Google Scholar – Biggest Research Paper Search Engine

Download Research Paper Free Using Google Scholar

According to research, about 40% of all the payment inscribed or affiliated research papers  are currently using Google Scholar. When we search for any  research paper or journal article  in Google Scholar, It also searches for its PDFs.  If there is one available, it will show the direct link to the PDF in the front of the title.

A lot of  universities, academic social networks or portfolio website of the researchers hosts these PDFs.  Therefore by clicking on [PDF] you can easily download the research paper legally.


ERIC –  Archive of Journal and Non-Journal Academic Content

ERIC - US Department of Education


Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) is a part of U.S. Department of education. Notably  ERIC is an archive of Academic publications for various researchers. After Google Scholar, this is undeniably the most favorable way to download research papers without paying any dime, at zero cost.

Education Resources Information Center not only contains the journal publications but gray literature and book sources as well. Both journal and non-journal material indexed by ERIC is peer-reviewed. Twice a year, ERIC adds new research publications sources to their index database system.


Academic Social Networks – A Place where Researchers Meet Free Research papers and Book Chapters

You can now see clearly that there are tons of excellent academic social networks exclusively for researchers and scientists. They all are primarily equipped with massive scientific features. One of the features is to upload, share and cite the research papers. Following are top social networks,

Many researchers upload the copies of their research papers here.  You just need to search the paper you want to download. Not only papers, Complete books, and book chapters can be also found here.


Ecosia – Search PDF of Paper by Special Search Query

Download free papers and Plant trees

Ecosia is a Bing-powered search engine. Ecosa primarily has novel features design to search for PDF file for a specific name. When you visit   any search engine, it will crawl all the internet for the PDF of that name. Most significantly it gives links to academic social networks, university websites and personal websites of researchers.

The most important thing about this search engine is that it houses a tree for every search query you make. The revenue generated through the ads on search engines helps to protect the environment. They have uploaded their financial reports also to make sure their users trust them.


SECOND—> The unauthorize way

Do you intend reporting a research work/studies? do you want to download a research journal, and your stuck in the payment junction? here comes the remedy.

Without much debate, science students and researchers all over the world have for so long been faced with the huddles/difficulty of easy access to reputable and standard journal articles because of one singular barrier, which is money.
Some of this journal articles cost as much as $45 or $50. Having to pay such amount for a single article is the reason why I am writing this article today.
I strongly believe Education is the gradual discovery of ignorance. With knowledge and information, every enthusiastic researcher/students will be well informed and connected. After stumbling on this secret site were readers, researchers and fellow scientist can easily access journal articles freely without having to pay, I decided to freely give it out to my readers/audience.
There are several ways to search for articles or journals in which you intend downloading. It can be through Google scholar or directly from Google search Engine.If you are using Google scholar, just visit their homepage directly and type in the desired keywords. e.g ( Application of Density functional theory in coating technology). Several scholarly journals/articles will show up, then you can click on any desired one.

In order to download paid journals free of charge, you need to visit is presently an online  website granting public users the ability to download and access paid journal or article or textbook freely without any charges been made directly or indirectly. Sci-Hub is more or less a paid journal search engine where you can easily download paid journals for free, paid articles for free and paid text book for free.
All you have to do is to visit Once the website is open, kindly head over  and copy the url of the desired journal you intend downloading.It should look like this one here ( OR obtain the DOI number. Note, every journal article with a paid tag on it has this special DOI number.
Once that is done, past the url/DOI number on the space provided in the web platform and start downloading your journal for free.
How  to Access/Download Paid journal Articles (ACS, ELSEVIER, SCIENCE DIRECT ETC) Without Paying

Still Dont understand? How To Download Paid Journal For Free From Sci-Hub? Follow this steps carefully

  1. Visit  Sci-Hub website home page
  2. Directly Copy and paste the paid journal link or URL you want to download for free
  3. Gently click on “Open” on sci-hub to continue to the next page.
  4. A download page will pop up
  5. Then, you are good to download the journal for free
This is the simplest way students have been using to download paid journal for free.

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