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A guide to resources of interest to researchers at the University of New England, Australia.
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OA Journals

In the open access publishing model the costs of providing access to research articles has shifted from the reader (or the provider of the reader's library service) to the author, or their institution, or their research funders. 

The major players in the publishing of fully open access journals are:

  • BioMed Central  -(BMC) publishes over 200 online journals, across the whole spectrum of health, biology and medicine.
  • Public Library of Science - PLoS is a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a public resource.
  • Hindawi - is a rapidly growing academic publisher with more than 100 Open Access journals covering science, technology, and medicine. It also has a book publishing program covering all scholarly disciplines.

In addition, many conventional publishers also provide open access options within their subscription journals. This is known as the hybrid OA model.

Subject based repositories- Medicine, Biomedicine & Health

  • UK PubMed Central
    is a free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature. Many UK research funders now require that articles resulting from funded research is placed in this repository.
  • ClinMed
    clinical medicine and health research

Subject based repositories- Physical Sciences & Engineering

Subject based repositories- Humanities

OA Tools

  • Academic Karma
    is a peer-review network and platform. It enables authors to get journal-independent peer review from experts in their field.
  • 101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication
  • PubPeer
    enables scientist to search for their publications or their peers publications and provide feedback and/or start a conversation anonymously.
  • Zenodo
    is an open dependable home for the long-tail of science, enabling researchers to share and preserve any research outputs in any size, any format.

Digital Commons Network

The Digital Commons Network brings together free, full-text scholarly articles from hundreds of universities and colleges worldwide. Curated by university librarians and their supporting institutions, the Network includes a growing collection of peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, working papers, conference proceedings, and other original scholarly work.


Directory of Open Access Repositories


Open Access repositories or archives may be institutional or subject based. OpenDOAR is a directory of such repositories throughout the world.






Hosted by Lund University, DOAJ provides links to over 4,000 journals in all subject areas. Many of these journals do not charge author fees. To find those journals that don't charge a fee, go to the 'advanced search' and click 'journals'. Now go to 'Article processing charges (APCs) and click 'No'.  


The OAIster database


OAIster is a union catalog of millions of records representing open access resources that was built by harvesting from open access collections worldwide using the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). Today, OAIster includes more than 30 million records representing digital resources from more than 1,500 contributors.




Use SHERPA/ROMEO to find a summary of permissions that are normally given as part of each publisher's copyright transfer agreement.








Guide to open access journals

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