Is there an easy way to search for a paper in Science or Nature by the volume, issue number and year?

For example:

Science 317, 1500 (2007)
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    1500 is not the issue number but the page number. – FuzzyLeapfrog Apr 12 '17 at 6:52
  • Just Google it. – Ébe Isaac Jul 6 '17 at 7:46

I don't know OP's definition of easy way but it only took me 2 minutes to go to the journal's webpage, click on the archive, go to year 2007, open up some of the issues in volume 317 and finally find page 1500 in issue 5844:

Year, volume and issue (and page numbers) exist to make finding an article easy. I'd say, that's easy enough but might be wrong. Yes, having a DOI is easier.

Page 1500 actually includes 4 technical comments:

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    Exactly. It's like finding a house if you 'only' have the house number, street, and zip code. – henning Apr 12 '17 at 5:26
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    @henning Best. Analogy. Ever! – user70612 Apr 12 '17 at 5:44
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    I love this analogy! Accordingly, the DOI would be the geo tag. – FuzzyLeapfrog Apr 12 '17 at 5:50

Put it in to Google Scholar

In general, Google scholar is very good. You can copy a full reference into Google Scholar and it will often return just the article you are looking for. In general, this works well, for example, you can copy and paste the reference from a journal article into the Google Scholar search box and get the article.

Presumably, this process is less reliable when you don't have the title or author names, but sometimes, year, journal, issue, and page numbers may be sufficient.

For example, this is the search result when you plug it into Google Scholar https://scholar.google.com.au/scholar?hl=en&q=Science+317%2C+1500+(2007)&btnG=&as_sdt=1%2C39&as_sdtp=

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More generally

Most official academic search engines such as Scopus and Web of Science will have an advanced search that may facilitate narrowing your search to specific field codes.

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