To support this year’s Open Access Week, October 24-30, I am introducing three websites where you can find free full-text articles. Give them a try and let us know your experience!

  • DOAJ – Directory of Open Access Journals Free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals, covering all subjects and many languages.
  •  PubMed Central (PMC) A free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).
  • Over 80 millions of free scientific articles. Subject areas include medicine, biology, chemistry, physics, materials, and economics.

Are you wondering what Open Access means?  Below is a very brief introduction to Open Access by Peter Suber.

Open-access  literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder.
Open Access  is entirely compatible with peer review, and all the major OA initiatives for scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance. Just as authors of journal articles donate their labor, so do most journal editors and referees participating in peer review.

To learn more on Open Access, take a quick look at this video or visit Why Open Access? from SPARC.

Have You Heard of Open Access Textbooks?

Another type of open content that’s growing in usage and acceptance in the academic community is “open textbooks”.  See the library’s guide to understanding and using open textbooks for more information.


– Xiaomei Gu & Kate Hess