List of open-access projects

Some of the most important open-access publishing projects or lists of such projects are listed below.

OA software

OA journal software

Free, open source software for open access journal publishing is available for those wishing to start up new journals, for example, the Open Journal Systems (OJS) developed by the Public Knowledge Project and HyperJournal developed by volunteers, but now partially funded by the political science faculty of Pisa University. While OJS and HyperJournal are designed for academic publishing, they can be used by anyone; for instance there is a group of grade 8 girls in Vancouver, British Columbia, who use OJS to publish their own peer-reviewed journal.

OA repository software

Free, open source software for creating open access Institutional Repositories is available for institutions who do not yet have a repository, for example:

Institutional and central repositories

A repository is different from a journal. It includes peer-reviewed journal articles from many journals self-archived by their authors, as well as other kinds of material. Most repositories are distributed, institutional and cross-disciplinary, and some are central, cross-institutional and discipline-based. Here are some examples of central, discipline-based repositories (For Institutional Repositories, see Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR).

  • arXiv: Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics, Quantitative Biology, Quant. Finance OA Archive (central)
  • bioRxiv: preprint repository for the biological sciences (central)
  • ViXra: similar in spirit to arXiv, but more accepting of less-established ideas (central)
  • CogPrints: Cognitive Sciences OA Archive (central)
  • Citebase: Citation-linked browser (harvested from distributed websites)
  • Citeseer: Computer Science (harvested from distributed websites)
  • OpenMED@NIC: An open access archive for Medical and Allied Sciences
  • PubMed Central: the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature
  • Research Papers in Economics: a collaborative effort of over 100 volunteers in 45 countries to enhance the dissemination of research in economics. The heart of the project is a decentralized database of working papers, journal articles and software components. All RePEc material is freely available.
  • NNMATH a project in progress to create an open access database of reviews of mathematical articles.
  • Neliti - Central open access repository for Indonesian research managed by the National Library of Indonesia.
  • CSIR-Central - Central platform of CSIR India OAI-PMH Digital Repositories and Harvester service
  • Science-Central - Central platform of DST and DBT India OAI-PMH Digital Repositories and Harvester service
  • socArxiv - Open archive of the social sciences
  • Social Science Research Network - The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is a website devoted to the rapid dissemination of scholarly research in the social sciences and humanities
  • Think Asia - open access repository for research by Asian think tanks[1]

Harvesters and registries of repositories

  • The CORE (COnnecting REpositories) system aggregates millions of metadata records and full-text scholarly papers from hundreds of Open Access repositories.
  • University of Illinois OAI-PMH Data Provider Registry
  • Directory of Open Access Repositories
  • OAIster list
  • ROAR Registry of Open Access Repositories
  • RockYourPaper
  • European Guide to OAI-PMH Digital Repositories in the World
  • CSIR-Central - Harvester service for Institutional Repositories of CSIR(India) Institutes
  • Science-Central - Harvester service for Institutional Repositories of DBT and DST(India) Institutes
  • Open Access Library - Open access database of scientific research papers[2]

Open access publishers

Some notable open access publishers are:

Publishers of hybrid open access journals

  • Springer (Offers open access as an option in all its 1200+ journals)
  • Elsevier (Offers open access as an option in many of its 2000+ journals)

Lists of open access journals (all fields, not institution-specific)

Lists of open access journals limited to certain fields

Other OA content

Open access encyclopedias

  • Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: an academic encyclopedia, produced by philosophy scholars
  • Wikipedia: not necessarily written by academic authors
  • Interdisciplinary Documentation on Religion and Science: "a natural expansion of the work carried out preparing the Dizionario Interdisciplinare di Scienza e Fede, published in Italian in 2002 (Rome: Urbaniana University Press - Citta Nuova, 2002), partly translated into English and offered here on-line."[4]

Open access image databases

  • CAPL: Culturally Authentic Pictorial Lexicon Multilingual, visual lexicon from Washington & Jefferson College
  • Digital Public Library of America
  • New York Public Library Digital Gallery
  • German National Image Database for Art and Architecture

Policies and timelines

  • Peter Suber's list of the better lists
  • Registry of Open Access Repository Material Archiving Policies (ROARMAP)
  • ROMEO/Eprints Registry of Journal Self-Archiving Policies
  • SHERPA/RoMEO Registry of Publisher Self-Archiving Policies
  • Peter Suber's lists related to the OA movement
  • Peter Suber's list of OA-related conferences and workshops
  • Peter Suber's timeline of the OA movement
  • Peter Suber's list of what you can do to promote open access
  • An Open Letter to the U.S. Congress Signed by 25 Nobel Prize Winners (August 26, 2004) in support of a bill requiring all research funded by the National Institutes of Health to be published in an open access form

Other open access resources

  • Open Access to Scientific Literature - OASE
  • PLEIADI: Portal for the Italian Electronic Literature in Open and Institutional Archives
  • Beyond Open Access: Open Discourse, the next great equalizer, Retrovirology 2006, 3:55

OA Volunteer Support Group

  • Australian Open Access Support Group
  • Malaysian Open Access Support Group
  • Open Access India
  • Open Access Bangladesh[5]
  • Open Access Nepal
  • Open Access Africa
  • Open Access Tunisie
  • Open Access in Arab Countries
  • Open Access Pakistan
  • Open Access to Italian Research
  • Acceso Abierto (Open Access) y Métricas Alternativas (Altmetrics)
  • Open Access Week- Philippines

Open access research tools

  • FreeFullPDF Search engine for multidisciplinary free scientific papers
  • Jurn a search-engine for 3,800 open ejournals in the arts and humanities
  • Open Medical Abstracts an abstracting service covering hundreds of open ejournals in medical sciences and clinical practice.

Tracking open access developments

See also


  1. ^ "Think Asia".
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Open Access at the University of Pittsburgh". University of Pittsburgh Library System. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  4. ^ " -". Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Open Access Bangladesh".
List of academic databases and search engines

This page contains a representative list of major databases and search engines useful in an academic setting for finding and accessing articles in academic journals, institutional repositories, archives, or other collections of scientific and other articles.

As the distinction between a database and a search engine is unclear for these complex document retrieval systems, see:

the general list of search engines for all-purpose search engines that can be used for academic purposes

the article about bibliographic databases for information about databases giving bibliographic information about finding books and journal articles.Note that "free" or "subscription" can refer both to the availability of the

database or of the journal articles included. This has been indicated as precisely as possible in the lists below.

List of open-access journals

This is a list of open-access journals by field. The list contains notable journals which have a policy of full open access. It does not include delayed open access journals, hybrid open access journals, or related collections or indexing services.

True open-access journals can be split into two categories :

diamond or platinum open-access journals, which charge no additional publication, open access or article processing fees

gold open-access journals, which charge publication fees (also called article processing charges, APCs).The list below is focused on open-access journals with no fees. However, some fields like biology and medicine have a stronger tradition of article processing charge, the corresponding journals below then have a footnote indicating such fees.

Open Course Library

Open Course Library (OCL) is an effort by the State of Washington to identify and make available digitally, to community and technical college instructors and students across that state, free textbooks, interactive assignments, and videos. Instructional materials can be "a smorgasbord of teaching modules and exercises developed by other open-learning projects. . . Interactive-learning Web sites and even instructional videos on YouTube . . ." However, OCL is not an OER publishing project, although it did contribute to the development of some widely used resources. Goals include: lowering textbook costs for students, providing new resources for faculty to use in their courses; and fully engaging in the global OER or open educational resources discussion.The project was funded by matching grants of $750,000 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Washington State legislature. In 2009-2010 the affected Washington State student body totaled 470,000 and was increasing. Many of the materials made available are open educational resources or OERs. Specifically, they include syllabi, course activities, readings, and assessments and some are paired with low cost textbooks, costing $30 or less. In subjects across the sciences and humanities, the OCL team created curriculum support for Washington State's most popular 81 courses in the state's 34 community and technical colleges. Instructors were free to use the materials as they wish, in part or an entire course. The project was headed by Cable Green, then eLearning Director for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

It emerged from a two-year discussion that ultimately produced a Strategic Technology Plan. The plan outlines a unified vision known as Washington Student Completion Initiative.

Open access

Open access (OA) is a mechanism by which research outputs are distributed online, free of cost or other barriers, and, in its most precise meaning, with the addition of an open license applied to promote reuse.Academic articles (as historically seen in print-based academic journals) have been the main focus of the movement. Conventional (non-open access) journals cover publishing costs through access tolls such as subscriptions, site licenses or pay-per-view charges. Open access can be applied to all forms of published research output, including peer-reviewed and non peer-reviewed academic journal articles, conference papers, theses, book chapters, and monographs.

Public Knowledge Project

Not to be confused with Public Knowledge, a non-profit in Washington D.C.The Public Knowledge Project is a non-profit research initiative that is focused on the importance of making the results of publicly funded research freely available through open access policies, and on developing strategies for making this possible including software solutions. It is a partnership between the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia, the Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing at Simon Fraser University, the University of Pittsburgh, Ontario Council of University Libraries, the California Digital Library and the School of Education at Stanford University. It seeks to improve the scholarly and public quality of academic research through the development of innovative online environments.

Timeline of the open-access movement

The following is a timeline of the international movement for open access to scholarly communication.

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