Open access

12ft Ladder: Making research accessible

By 28/09/2022

Searching for a specific article, but it’s behind a paywall? 12ft Ladder can help you access the article without paying.

The idea is pretty simple. News sites want Google to index their content so it shows up in search results, so they don’t show a paywall to the Google crawler. We benefit from this because the Google crawler will cache a copy of the site every time it crawls it.

All 12ft Ladder does is show you that cached, unpaywalled, version of the page.

This tool was created to provide knowledge for free. Available to use on any device, simply prepend to the URL of any paywalled page.

To find out more about this useful tool, please visit the 12ft ladder website.