28 September 2011

Saving PDFs in Science Direct

It has come to our attention that the database Science Direct isn't working as it should in newer versions of internet browsers. If you are trying to save a PDF in this database and don't see the save icon from within the PDF screen, you can save it by right clicking on the PDF link from the journal article results page and saving it as a target or link.

See this short screencast as an example of how to do this in Internet Explorer: http://screencast.com/t/quBJHsYVyTG

If you have any further problems, please contact us at library@aston.ac.uk


  1. The problem might not be with the browser but rather with the Adobe Acrobat Reader plug-in! In Firefox you can go to Options/Applications and change the action for PDF files to "Save file", after which it will automatically save the files you click. Unfortunately, the file is saved without extension, which is probably the reason why the plug-in doesn't work correctly in the first place... hope this helps..

  2. Further to my post above on the Adobe plug-in: if that doesn't do it for you, try disabling all add-ons (assuming Firefox) that deal with PDF documents, such as PDF Download and the likes of it.