Open Access Journals

Open Access Journals

Open-access journals are scholarly journals that are available online to the reader “without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those of accessing the internet. Some are subsidised, and some require payment on behalf of the author. Subsidised journals are financed by an academic institution, learned society or a government information center; those requiring payment are typically financed by money made available to researchers for the purpose from a public or private funding agency, as part of a research grant.

Bentham Open Access

Bentham Open publish over 230 plus peer-reviewed open access journals. These free-to-view online journals cover all major disciplines of science, technology, medicine and social sciences.

Bioline International

Bioline International is a not-for-profit electronic publishing service committed to providing open access to quality research journals published in developing countries. Bioline International’s goal of reducing the South to North knowledge gap is crucial to a global understanding of health, biodiversity, the environment, conservation and international development. With peer-reviewed journals from Brazil, Cuba, India, Indonesia, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe and more to come, Bioline International provides a unique service by making bioscience information generated in these countries available to the international research community world-wide.


BioMedCentral represents a new model for access to published results of research projects. Encompassing many medical subjects in about 50 journals the site offers researchers full peer review, immediate publication and open access. Articles accepted for publication are indexed in PubMed and are fully searchable. There are no fees for authors or readers for this service. Individual registration is required in order to search.

CERN Document Server

Over 800,000 bibliographic records, including 360,000 full text documents, of interest to people working in particle physics and related areas. Covers preprints, articles, books, journals, photographs, and much more.


An electronic archive for self-archive papers in any area of Psychology, neuroscience, and Linguistics, and many areas of Computer Science (e.g., artificial intelligence, robotics, vision, learning, speech, neural networks), Philosophy (e.g., mind, language, knowledge, science, logic), Biology (e.g., ethnology, behavioral ecology, sociobiology, behaviour genetics, evolutionary theory), Medicine (e.g., Psychiatry, Neurology, human genetics, Imaging), Anthropology (e.g., primatology, cognitive ethnology, archeology, paleontology), as well as any other portions of the physical, social and mathematical sciences that are pertinent to the study of cognition.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals.

DISA : Southern Africa’s Struggle for Democracy: Anti Apartheid Periodicals, 1960 – 1994

The aim of DISA (Digital Innovation South Africa) is to make Southern African material of high socio – political interest, which would otherwise be difficult to locate and use, accessible to scholars and researchers worldwide.

DISA is a freely accessible online scholarly resource focusing on the socio-political history of South Africa, particularly the struggle for freedom during the period  from 1950 to the first democratic elections in 1994, providing a wealth of material on this fascinating period of the country’s history.

Find Articles (Find Articles at BNET)

Search millions of articles from leading academic, industry and general interest publications.

Free Medical

The Free Medical Journals Site is dedicated to the promotion of free access to medical journals over the Internet.

High WirePress

HighWire Press at Stanford University develops and maintains the Web versions of important journals in biomedicine and other disciplines. This site lists those which offer free full text access.


Open access to e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science and Quantitative Biology


MagPortal provides free access to thousands of full-text articles in a multitude of subject categories, including: Business; Computers & Electronics; Education & Reference; Entertainment & Leisure; Family & Home; Finance & Investment; Health; Internet; Pets & Animals; Science & Technology; Society, Politics & Culture; Sports & Recreation.

The Modernist Journals Project

The MJP is a multi-faceted project that aims to be a major resource for the study of modernism and its rise in the English-speaking world, with periodical literature as its central concern. The historical scope of the project has a chronological range of 1890 to 1922 (though the earliest journals that currently appear on the site date from 1896 and 1904), and a geographical range that extends to wherever English language periodicals were published. With magazines at its core, the MJP also offers a range of genres that extends to the digital publication of books directly connected to modernist periodicals and other supporting materials for periodical study.

Open J-Gate

Open J-Gate is an electronic gateway to global journal literature in open access domain. Launched in 2006, Open J-Gate is the contribution of Informatics (India) Ltd to promote OAI. Open J-Gate provides seamless access to millions of journal articles available online. Open J-Gate is also a database of journal literature, indexed from 3000+ open access journals, with links to full text at Publisher sites.

Open Science Directory

The Open Science Directory has been developed by EBSCO and the Hasselt University Library based upon a request by marine information management experts collaborating within the framework of the IOC’s (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO) IODE (International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange) programme in order to create a global search tool for all open access and special programmes journal titles in special programmes for developing countries. About 13000 scientific journals are now available in the ‘Open Science Directory’. When all the special program journals are included, the Open Science Directory will contain more than 20000 titles. So far Open Science Directory contains collections of Open Access Journals (e.g. Directory of Open Access Journals) and journals in the special programmes (Hinari, Agora, OARE). Other programmes will be added in the near future.

Omics online

OMICS Group International through its Open Access Initiative is committed to make genuine and reliable contributions to the scientific community. OMICS Group hosts over 300 leading-edge peer reviewed Open Access Journals and organises over 100 International Conferences annually all over the world. OMICS Publishing Group journals have over 3 million readers and the fame and success of the same can be attributed to the strong editorial board which contains over 25000 eminent personalities that ensure a rapid, quality and quick review process. OMICS Group signed an agreement with more than 100 International Societies to make healthcare information Open Access. OMICS Group Conferences make the perfect platform for global networking as it brings together renowned speakers and scientists across the globe to a most exciting and memorable scientific event filled with much enlightening interactive sessions, world class exhibitions and poster presentations.

PLoS (Public Library of Science)

PLoS publishes peer-reviewed, open access scientific and medical journals that include original research as well as timely feature articles .


PubMed Central is a free digital database of full text scientific literature in medicine and health. The U.S. National Library of Medicine’s digital archive of life sciences journal literature. Access to PMC is free and unrestricted.

RePEc: Research Papers in Economics

Research Papers in Economics is a collaborative effort of over 100 volunteers in 41 countries to enhance the dissemination of research in economics. The heart of the project is a decentralised database of working papers, journal articles and software components. Links to journal articles on JSTOR are available to users on the Rhodes computer network.

Science Research Portal

Science Research Portal is a free, publicly available Internet web portal allowing access to numerous scientific journals and public science databases. Depending on the source, full text documents may be available. In the event full text is not available, the results pull up an abstract of the article and a link to the source.

Science Research Portal permits direct access to information sources on the web utilising a federated or meta-search approach.

SORA (Searchable Ornithological Research Archive)

SORA is an open access electronic journal archive produced jointly by the University of New Mexico, the Association of Field Ornithologists, the Cooper Ornithological Society, the American Ornithologists Union, and the Wilson Ornithological Society. The archive provides access to an extensive ornithological literature of international scope, and detailed material documenting the history of ornithology in North America over the past 120 years.