R4R

RESEARCH FOR RESEARCHERS

Researchers’ last resort for legally getting access to pay-walled scholarly articles

Hit the paywall? We will help you bypass it by sending an email to registered authors and semi-automating the response, with a single click, completely legal and without delay.

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PEER-TO-PEER, FREE AND LEGAL

Research for Researchers (R4R) is a simple tool designed for unlocking access to scholarly articles when the existing open access services fall short. It’s the last resort that allows researchers to request and authors to send their articles as a response in an easy, frictionless way, via email. At the beginning, R4R only allows approaching authors who willingly share their papers and express that by adding their names on the registered Authors list.

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FOR AUTHORS

Let your peers know that you’re happy to email the papers you authored whenever you can by adding your name on the R4R Authors list (don’t worry, we take the spam concern seriously). We’ll ping you when the automated email application is ready to use.

FOR RESEARCHERS

Sign up for the waitlist to be among the first ones to download the simple R4R browser extension that allows requesting a resource from an author with a single click.

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HOW IT WORKS

Step 1

Imagine you just found an interesting paper using Google Scholar, or other search engines. It’s relevant, but sadly behind a paywall and not accessible via open access applications.

Step 3

R4R automatically drafts a response to the person requesting the paper and adds the relevant scholarly article as an attachment. If the author rather drafts the email herself, by all means she can do that.

Step 2

Having installed the R4R browser extension, a tab on your screen will let you know if sending the email to the author automatically is available. A single click on the tab sends an email to the author, which you can manually edit if you wish.

Step 4

The author reviews the email and makes the final decision on sharing the paper to the person who asks for it.

Step 1

Imagine you just found an interesting paper using Google Scholar, or other search engines. It’s relevant, but sadly behind a paywall and not accessible via open access applications.

Step 2

Having installed the R4R browser extension, a tab on your screen will let you know if sending the email to the author automatically is available. A single click on the tab sends an email to the author, which you can manually edit if you wish.

Step 3

R4R automatically drafts a response to the person requesting the paper and adds the relevant scholarly article as an attachment. If the author rather drafts the email herself, by all means she can do that.

Step 4

The author reviews the email and makes the final decision on sharing the paper to the person who asks for it.

FAQ

BUILDING A CULTURE OF SHARING

We believe that positive signalling is crucial to create a culture for sharing around R4R. That’s why, at the beginning, R4R will only allow sending emails to authors who have explicitly expressed their willingness to do so. If that’s you, add your name on the list to encourage members of the research community approach you. By building up the sharing system based on consent, we’re hoping to create a positive culture for sharing articles among researchers.

BUT I ALREADY HAVE A GAZILLION OF BROWSER EXTENSIONS

Yeah, we know. We look forward to collaborating with other players in this space, making our API available for teams sharing their technology alike.

WHY IS IRIS.AI DOING THIS

Simply because we believe in the power of Open Science. While acknowledging that a number of teams working hard for open access have made great strides towards unlocking and improving access to scientific knowledge, the majority of scholarly articles are still behind costly paywalls.
There are various legal ways to go about it. Facilitating requesting and sharing of papers via email being one of them, we aim to make the process of sharing paywalled content as speedy and frictionless as possible.

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