How to download an article?

Studying in a higher educational institution or doing scientific work, one constantly has to look through a large number of scientific articles. Some of them are freely available, while others have to pay for downloading.

At the moment there are several ways to download articles:

  • special resources;
  • forums;
  • free access journals;
  • torrents and file sharing.

Special resources

Today on the Internet there are a lot of sites and services that can help in the search for a free scientific article. An example would be This is the most popular proxy server. Here you need to enter the URL of the article or magazine you need, or DOI (a unique identifier of the article that can be found on the journal page) or enter a string to search. Then you will be taken to the page as a subscriber and you can download the article. This server has a huge number of subscriptions.

If you know the DOI of the article, you can search for it on other sites, for example, or. The site is the Library Genesis library, which contains more than 11 million articles.The application should look like this: doi: 11.1028 / nbt.4566. The system will download the article and give it to the user. However, it happens that the article is not immediately downloaded - for example, due to system loading. In this case, your application will be placed in the queue and after a certain time will be executed.


If you could not download the article in the previous way, you can search for information on specialized forums. All that is required of you is to register on the forum and create the necessary topic in which to indicate the required material. If any of the users have available the article you are looking for, he will share with you. An example of scientific forums can be where you can find information from different fields: from the mathematical sciences to the humanities.

Free access logs

Many magazines provide information for free. You can go to the site pages, read, rewrite or save information on the computer. For example, a large number of magazines and articles from around the world have been collected on the website of the library of the St. Petersburg National University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics.You must select the appropriate edition and follow the instructions. Once on the site of the required journal, you will get access to the material.

If you did not find the desired article on the university site, you should search the site where you can download an article from a world-class magazine.

Torrents and file sharing

You can also try to search for articles on torrents and file sharing, such as and If we talk about torrents, they are not replenished with information very quickly, and you can only find materials from past years, and, here, you will have to wait for new material.

And by registering on file sharing resources, you can get the latest information by requesting it from site users. is an English-language file sharing service that allows you to share articles with users from all over the world.

Additional recommendations

  1. Many publishers provide new users with free use of materials after registration for a certain period of time.
  2. Also, you can write a letter to the author of the required article with a request to send you the material. The address of the author can be found in a journal or visit his web page.It is worth noting that not all authors can agree to this, but you can try.
  3. In addition, most universities provide their online information to teachers and researchers. They are given logins and passwords to enter special forums. It is worth noting that information on expensive articles cannot be obtained immediately, but you can buy it for a symbolic amount from the forum administration. It will be cheaper than legally purchasing an article. But it must be remembered that in this way you violate the rights of the author of the article (if his material is not publicly available).