Journal resources for NASW members

Getting the full text of academic journals is difficult unless you work for a major university or a large corporation that has an account. The National Association of Science Writers has made arrangements for its members with several outlets, including Elsevier and Annual Reviews. This page has a summary of those and other journal resources, and how to apply for access to them. If you have an addition to this list, please send details to with the subject line "NASW journal resources addition." Access is intended for current NASW members only as a benefit of membership. Please do not share this information with others.

  • Elsevier's ScienceDirect: Credentialed reporters can access full-text articles from more than 2,500 scientific and medical journals, including Cell and The Lancet, as well as 11,000 books. An app is also available to access ScienceDirect on a mobile device. Here's how to register for access.

  • American Physical Society journals: Full-text articles in the APS journals, which include the Society’s flagship publication Physical Review Letters, Physical Review A (atomic, molecular, and optical physics), B (condensed matter and material), C (nuclear), D (particles, fields, gravitation, and cosmology), and E (statistical, nonlinear, biological and soft matter) as well as Reviews of Modern Physics. Access also includes the journals' archives, which date back to 1893 and contain many of the most significant papers in the history of modern physics, and a journal account that allows users to set up a "saved search" and receive e-mail alerts about new papers on topics of interest. Here's how to register for access.

  • Annual Reviews: Publishes reviews in more than 40 focused disciplines in the biomedical, life, physical, and social sciences. Annual Reviews journals are among the most highly cited in scientific literature, as indexed by the Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports®. Read more about what Annual Reviews offers. Free access is available to NASW members. Send your name, e-mail, address, and affiliation ("National Association of Science Writers") to Once your account is activated, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with access details.

  • Journal of the American Medical Association and the AMA's nine specialty journals: Embargoed content for the media and public information officers is available by applying online at

  • New England Journal of Medicine: Two levels of complimentary access for journalists. Apply at
    Advance access: For members of the media, producing content daily or weekly, or public relations professionals representing medical institutions. Representatives of public relations firms are not eligible. The following week's issue is posted on the Media Center site every Friday at 10 a.m. U.S. Eastern time. Subscribers also have access to the full text of past issues through the regular web site at
    Regular access: For journalists producing content regularly for a bi-monthly, monthly, or quarterly publication, Provides complimentary full-text access to the regular web site at, where each new issue is posted on Wednesday at 5 p.m. U.S. Eastern time.

  • Nature: A press account allow users to receive Nature's press releases and log in to, where papers from Nature and the research journals can be downloaded each week. Also includes access to archives of past issues. This is not the same as paid access, which is a subscription to the magazine and allows you to download papers from To apply for registration as a journalist go to

  • EurekAlert! An online, global news service operated by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the science society. EurekAlert! provides a central place through which universities, medical centers, journals, government agencies, corporations and other organizations engaged in research can bring their news to the media. It also offers its news and resources to the public and features news and resources focused on all areas of science, medicine, and technology.
    Reporters and freelancers may register for access to the embargoed section of EurekAlert!. The embargoed section contains releases that have not yet become public information. Once the embargo date has passed, these releases are rolled into the public archive. Advance access to releases is vital in late-breaking news stories. To register, go to
    Public information officers (PIOs) may register to post releases to EurekAlert!. A public information officer is typically anyone who performs the tasks of a media relations or public relations officer. There is no cost to register, but before you can begin posting releases, your institution must have a subscription to EurekAlert! To register, go to

  • Oxford Journals: A division of Oxford University Press, which is a department of Oxford University, publishes more than 230 academic and research journals covering a broad range of subject areas, two-thirds of which are published in collaboration with learned societies and other international organizations. Journalists (including freelancers) can apply for access to Ellen Grady, publicity assistant, at More information.

  • Wiley Online Library: As a benefit of NASW's membership in the World Federation of Science Journalists, NASW members may access the Wiley Online Library. NASW members may use the institutional log in option for access. Enter Username: WOLWFSJ_NASW with pwd: Wiley123 (Credentials are case-sensitive and should not be shared.) Check out these tutorials for more information.

  • Other free medical journals: A long list of free medical journals is available at

  • Annals of Improbable Research: Annals of Improbable Research (also known as AIR) is the magazine about research that makes people LAUGH and then THINK. Six new issues every year. Interested journalists can get free access by sending an email request to

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