I would like to download ~100 scholarly articles from Google Scholar. I have institutional access, so Google Scholar presents the available PDF. Is there a way to automate the downloading of the PDF files?

  • why would one need an institutional access to GS? it's just open Jul 25, 2016 at 12:43
  • @Ilya I guess the OP meant he has access to the articles that are behind pay walls. To the OP: please confirm this.
    – Nobody
    Jul 25, 2016 at 12:56
  • Exactly. I can download the PDFs directly from a link on the Google Scholar page, without paying
    – Adam_G
    Jul 25, 2016 at 13:15
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it has to do with the mechanics of downloading articles, and not with academia.
    – Bob Brown
    Jul 25, 2016 at 14:10
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    You might want to check your university's policies. Some forbid automated downloading/crawling and may result in a permanent ban from using the institutional access.
    – John
    Jul 25, 2016 at 16:07

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I know one relatively simple way.
Zotero + a Google Scholar Zotero plugin for you browser (typically, Firefox or Chrome).
Bibliographic manager. The program helps you to download bibliographic meta-data together with the PDFs (if they are open).
So, you may "save" all the needed papers to "My library" in GS (if you have several collections, you may assign a special "label" to each collection). Then, when you have all the papers in one list, just export them all to Zotero. Whenever possible, Zotero will download a PDF.

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