I need a paid desktop software which can be used to view full research papers, journal articles. There was a software (I don't remember the name) that can be purchased, and that software gives free access to thousands of paid articles. Need that kind of software. I had access to my university online library, but now I don't have access. So, looking for this kind of software. Any recommendations?

  • Maybe you remember scopus (elsevier.com/solutions/scopus), which itself is an abstract and citation database, but allows librarians to link to the full texts of articles as far as they have subscribed to the respective journals? So you would still have to subscribe to the journals themselves, too
    – jf1
    Dec 11, 2015 at 22:47
  • Many pre-print copies of papers are uploaded by authors to researchgate.net
    – kwah
    Jul 10, 2016 at 15:10
  • @Pretty_Girl: If an answer was helpful to you, then please consider marking it as the accepted answer so others may more easily find it in the future. This is also a polite way to thank the person answering your question for helping you out. Jan 7, 2017 at 19:19

4 Answers 4


If gratis is OK, you can do the following:

  1. Install a torrent client
  2. See Bulk download Sci-Hub papers

You can still donate to them.


I would suggest taking a look at Mendeley which is available for Desktop, Mobile and On-line research & collaboration.

  • It's for citation management I guess, not to view full paid research papers, isn't it? Dec 9, 2015 at 18:49
  • You can search on papers and it will provide links to them & content where available. Dec 9, 2015 at 18:53
  • Does it provide "free access to thousands of paid articles"?
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Jul 10, 2016 at 4:32
  • @NicolasRaoul - It does not provide gratis access to papers that you should pay for it does provide unfettered access to numerous paid sources, but you need to pay for, or otherwise obtain, the access. Jul 10, 2016 at 6:21

DeepDyve can be considered a kind of "Spotify for papers". Their website claims:

Enjoy unlimited access and personalized recommendations from over 12 million articles from more than 10,000 peer-reviewed journals.

All for just $40/month

They offer a 14-days free trial so you can test the features. However, as far as I understand papers cannot be downloaded (they can be printed as raster images).

  • The linked page makes it look like an online service. OP asked for desktop software – so does this fit? Talking about prices: $30/month if you subscribe for a full year ;)
    – Izzy
    May 10, 2016 at 12:55
  • There is no desktop software that provides legal "access to thousand of papers". If it existed, you would need Internet access anyway. May 11, 2016 at 4:55
  • 2
    Agreed – but I'm not the OP :)
    – Izzy
    May 11, 2016 at 6:16
  • 1
    Amongst these 12 millions, how many are open access? Jul 9, 2016 at 21:16
  • I don't know, you can have a look if you want: deepdyve.com/browse/journals?page=all Jul 9, 2016 at 21:35

Why are you looking only for a desktop app when you will have to be connected to the internet anyway to look at the articles?

Why not go with something online? The US NIH PMC library has 3.9 million articles for free and the search is fairly good. If NIH only has the abstract, many articles have links to the full version for free.

Then you can use zotero.com to organize the studies and produce a bibliography. Zotero has a Firefox plugin to "catch" a study on a webpage for many different websites so you can make your personal library of studies.

  • Does it provide "free access to thousands of paid articles"?
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Jul 10, 2016 at 4:33

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.