I was wondering if it is possible for freelance researchers to be able to
have an Athens account at their nearest university library?
As librarians would you allow someone to open an Athens account who isn't a
student but who has verification from a current member of staff? (a letter
Would you allow an independent researcher who is an Alumnus to have an
Or is Athens purely for current staff and students?
I represent Sociologists Outside Academia for the British Sociological
Association. It is a huge problem for freelancers to be able to write
research proposals etc as they are at a disadvantage when it comes to
accessing journals. The BSA has made progress by working with SAGE to allow
all members access to their complete collection. This is great news for
independent workers. But researchers need more then the works published by