1findr FAQ


Research Tips

Filter your search results

You can refine the results of any search using filters. For instance, if you want to only get articles on a particular subject or published in a particular year, you can select the appropriate options in the “Refine results by” section, located on the left-hand side of the results page.



You can filter results by:

  • Access Type (Gold, Green, Undetermined)
  • Publication year
  • Language
  • Subject
  • Author
  • Journal title

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Advanced Search

The advanced search page allows you to perform complex queries in a user-friendly way.

You can build a query by filling in a form in which you can select the search operators and the fields to look into.


You may manual write out your query by clicking on the “Switch to custom query” link. You can also cut/paste the query and save it for future research.

Query builder example

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Command line search and search operators

The command line search mode is the most powerful way to find documents. Combining the use of boolean and proximity operators, with limits and filters will help dig into results, offering more relevant documents. You can build complex queries such as this one:

title:"ebola virus" AND abstract:epidemic AND year:<2015

Command line can be used from the main (basic) search page, but if you are not familiar with the syntax, you can start from the advanced search page; from there you will be able to start building your query. Using this query builder will help users quickly learn what search options are available.


Currently available search fields are:

  • title
  • author
  • journal
  • abstract
  • keywords
  • organization

The basic search operators are:

AND (default) lithium AND battery both terms must occur
 OR  lithium OR battery one term must occur
NOT lithium NOT battery
results with “battery” will be excluded
lithium -battery  same as NOT


Other operators are available to help build a more complex query:

grouping: () (lithium AND battery)
exact phrase: “”  “lithium battery”
phrase with word stemming: ” ‘lithium battery’
proximity: ~n (to be used in conjunction with “”) “lithium battery”~2
truncation: multiple characters: * batter*


The search operators can be combined with search fields:

Example 1: title:'battery mesoporous'~3 AND author:ishih*
Example 2: 'carbon nanotube' AND (lithium NOT battery)

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Can I get more details on 1findr content?

1findr is a curated index composed exclusively of articles published in academic, scientific and technological research journals. It comprises articles in all fields of academia: arts, humanities, social sciences, behavioral sciences, health sciences, natural sciences and engineering.

We strive to provide access to articles published all over the world solely in peer-reviewed and editorially reviewed journals. As far as technical and commercially possible, we make sure that journals are not excluded on non-academic grounds.

Based on a bibliographic index covering more than 90 million articles from 80,000  academic and scientific journals, 1findr is the largest curated collection of scholarly articles. You can also perform one-click download of full-text papers among a growing collection of more than 25 million articles using our smart link resolver technology.

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Can I submit my own articles/papers?

Although not available at the moment, we are planning to add this feature in upcoming versions.

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Can I share or save my searches?

We are planning to add this feature shortly.

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Is there a limit on the number of articles I can download, save etc.?

The institutional version of 1findr is only limited by the capacity of your own computer and Internet connection.

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What are the technical requirements needed to access 1findr?

Any recent version of Chrome, Firefox, Explorer and Safari will work well on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

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How can we notify you of suggestions, errors, omissions or bugs?

Please notify us by sending an email at support@1science.com

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Do you collect and keep personal information?

1science does not keep any personal user information. We only gather anonymous, non-identifying data on visits for statistical purposes.

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I believe one of your open access articles infringes copyright and/or licenses. What should I do?

It is in our mission to make sure that articles in our database respect copyrights.To that effect, we only harvest articles from reputable institutional sources and regularly remove sites from our indexing process when they are found to be actively promoting or passively allowing the diffusion of infringing material.

That said, it is increasingly becoming difficult to determine whether an article is legitimately offered for free download or not. Many universities and public research centers negotiate the right to archive the version of record of articles authored by their researchers as part of complex journal subscription renewal negotiations including so-called offsetting schemes. Some of these articles are legitimately offered on their sites but there are cases where other organizations who have not negotiated such a license would be infringing copyrights if they were to make the same version of the article available on a public archive. Ultimately, we consider that we have a duty to be alert and to avoid harvesting material found to be infringing copyright but we cannot substitute ourselves to publishers in policing these rights.

If you find articles on 1findr which are clearly infringing copyrights, please let us know by emailing us at: dmca@1science.com

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