Instructions for making a Green Table of Contents web page with Word,  October 2020



0)   Before you start.  If you are using either Firefox or Chrome as a browser, Go to the Unpaywall website and

download the Unpaywall Extension.     


1) Google the Elsevier journal you want to work on.   Click View Articles, then  All Issues.


2) Choose the issue you want to work on.  Copy the entire Table of Contents page.


3) Open a blank page in MS Word.  Use Paste Special and then Unformatted text to

paste your table of contents into the Word file.


4)  Label the page with the journal title and month  along with the words

Green Table of Contents

 Clean up the page to leave only the journal title,  author(s) and pages and add a line 

Link to preprint.    


Mergers in nonrenewable resource oligopolies and environmental policies

    Hassan Benchekroun, Michèle Breton, Amrita Ray Chaudhuri

    Pages 35-52

Link to preprint


5)  Go back to Elsevier’s Table of Contents for your issue.  Click on the title of the  first article in the

issue.   You will see a copy of the abstract for the paper. If you have installed Unpaywall, then

on the right side of the  screen, you will see either a small green open padlock, or a small gray closed



6)  If there is a green padlock, click it and an open access copy should appear. 

Click on the bar at the top of the screen to see the link to that open access copy.  Copy that link.

Then go back to your Word file copy of the TOC, select the words Link to Preprint corresponding

to that article.   Then from the Word menu at the top, go to Insert and then choose Hyperlink.

Now copy the link that you have saved into the box that appears and write the letters  UP on

 your Word page, just after the words  Link to preprint.  (A shortcut here is Ctrl K to open

the box for inserting link and then Ctrl V to save the link )


7)   When you have finished Step 6 if there is a green padlock, or if the  article has a grey padlock, look for the

little arrow below the abstract that sends you to the next article.   Repeat this process until you reach the

end of the table of contents.


8) Now you need to take care of the articles with gray padlocks.  Go to your Word document, and for each

article that does not yet have a link, use Google to search for an ungated copy of that article.

If you find a likely candidate, try to open it.  If a copy of the article opens, copy the text link .  Then in your

Word file select the  text Link to preprint for that article.    Go to Insert  then Hyperlink, and

copy the link into the box that appears.   (Ctrl K, Ctrl V will do this)


 9) If you find no  open access copy of the paper,   search for the article name

and  “ResearchGate”.  Usually, ResearchGate will have a page with a button that lets you   request a copy of the article

From the author.   If there is such a link, replace the words Link to Preprint with Request Copy from author via ResearchGate

and link these words to the ResearchGate page for this article.  If there is no ResearchGate page for the paper,

replace the words Insert Link with No free copy found.








10)   Save your Word file as an html file and send it to me.   I will link it to the mother page.



Some hints:  Google will show often show you several links that correspond to the  journal title.

Of course the sciencedirect link does no good, since that is gated, except in the rare occasions where

the author has paid to make the article open access.  Links to university or other public archives are good 

prospects, probably a little more reliable than author’s own web page.  Links to paper through NBER

work well.     


Links through SSRN may work if nothing else is available.  I prefer links to other archives for two reasons.

A) The SSRN link takes you to a page where you are offered the option of registering with SSRN or alternatively

Download without registering.  If you choose Download without registering, you need to prove that you are not

a robot.  This is a bit tedious and disconcerting.

B)  SSRN is now owned by Elsevier. At some point, they may  make this link even harder to use.


A few SSRN downloads require a payment.   If they do, then do not use this link even if nothing else can be found. 


Repec usually does not have links to ungated copies,

though if all else fails you can try them. 


In all cases, check whether you can actually download the

file from the link you have found.   Some “archives” simply link back to the paywalled Elsevier location.