This is not mathematician question but I think it's related. How I can get access to some of "Software: Practice and Experience" articles without subscription?
Any advice is welcome. Sorry if I'm posting at wrong site. Thanks.
Basically a few possibilities come to mind immediately:
This is addressed at both PoorGuy and quanta's questions. Researchers don't generally subscribe to journals on an individual basis; we rely on institutional subscriptions at our universities. Many journals don't even have an option for an individual subscription, they only have prices for institutional use.
If you live near a large university you may be able to go to the university library and read articles there. The print collections of most libraries are open for public browsing, and online access subscriptions usually work from any on-campus computer. Many libraries have a "friend of the library" program that will let anyone get a library card for a nominal annual fee. This may include computer access and the ability to check out books.
If you go to a smaller university, you can often use their document delivery services to get a copy of a paper that you don't have access to. These are sometimes called "interlibrary loan" but for a journal paper they are much more likely to just send a copy of the paper than to ship a printed journal. If you are a library member (even at a public library), you should always look into this option before buying a paper directly from the publisher.
If you are at a university you also are likely to have access to MathSciNet, which is a very helpful resource for finding math papers.