10 Famous Articles Still Behind a Paywall

The Authorea Team

Some research findings have permeated all parts of our culture -- so much so that we often take the actual ideas and access to them for granted. Would you believe that Einstein's "Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?" remains behind a paywall, despite being more than 100 years old?

Here we show 10 famous papers that have achieved a similar "rockstar" status in the public imagination yet are still subject to paywalls. At Authorea, we believe that open communication is the key to advancing research. We're working every day to make it possible for researchers to have full control over their work and its dissemination. 

On the Tendency of Species to form Varieties; and on the Perpetuation of Varieties and Species by Natural Means of Selection (1858)
by C. Darwin Esq., F.R.S., F.L.S., &c F.G.S., A. Wallace Esq. 
"This MS. work was never intended for publication, and therefore was not written with care."
This paper was the first announcement of the groundbreaking theory of natural selection, which created a new generation of thinking in biology. Darwin went on to write his famous On The Origin of Species after this publication. (Darwin 1858)
Citations: 611
Cost: $38.00


Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid (1953)
by J.D. Watson & F. H. C. Crick 
This revolutionary paper proposed the structure of DNA, including how base pairs, Chargaff ratios, and the two chain structure worked. (WATSON 1953)
Citations: 12046
Cost: $32.00