What to do, if a full-text article is not accessible?

The University Library Basel recommends the following steps to researchers and students: a search for the full-text article using academic search engines, a search using browser extensions for Open Access, requesting information from researchers. And of course there is always the option to order texts via Copy orders, Courier or Interlibrary loan.

If you would like to publish something as Open Access, you can find information on our Open Access pages.


Finding Open Access content: academic search engines

Use academic search engines and try BASE or CORE Discovery, which specialise in Open Access content.


Finding Open Access content: Basel authors

  • edoc: The University of Basel’s edoc institutional repository lists all scientific publications created at the university and makes them visible worldwide and permanently accessible. edoc is operated by the University Library and enables the implementation of the University of Basel’s Open Access Policy. The contents of edoc are listed in search engines and academic search services such as Google ScholarOpenAIRE (Horizon 2020)UnpaywallCore or BASE.


Finding Open Access content: social networks

Ask authors directly via academic networks or directly by email: