• Open Access

  • Open Access Journals

    BioMed Central BioMed Central is an independent publishing house that publishes more than 100 peer-reviewed, open access journals. Authors who publish in BMC journals retain their copyright, and grant users the right to use the article freely as long as its integrity is maintained and its original authors, citation, and publisher are identified. Authors pay a $500 processing fee upon acceptance of the article.
    Budapest Open Access Initiative This site provides a number of open access resources, including a definition of open access, guides to business planning, and links to existing open access journals. The site is sponsored by the Open Society Institute, which convened a symposium in Budapest in December 2001 to "accelerate progress in the international effort to make research articles in all academic fields freely available on the Internet." The OSI is a private grantmaking foundation, part of the Soros foundations network, supported by philanthropist George Soros and active in 50 countries.
    Directory of Open Access Journals This site provides one-stop shopping for all your open access needs, from medicine to musicology. The most complete and up to date list of open access journals can be found at this site, maintained by the Lund University Libraries in Sweden. To be included on the list, a journal must allow DOAJ users to "read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles."
    EPrints.org Instead of demanding that publishers make content available for free, this site promotes the idea that authors and institutions should post a copy of the research article somewhere on the Internet in a publicly accessible archive or repository. EPrints.org provides resources including software that can be used to archive and locate the articles.
    FreeMedicalJournals.com A linked list of medical journals with full-text articles available for free. Many of the listed journals make their articles free a certain period after publication, such as six months or a year, as indicated in the FreeMedicalJournals.com listing.
    HighWire Press This site hosts the journals for a number of commercial and society publishers that make their content available for free after periods of six months, a year, or two years. HighWire functions as the host site for the current issues of 100-plus subscription-based medical and health e-journals, and more than 360 medical, science, and technology (MST) journals overall. In exchange it is allowed to offer access to the archives of many journals.
    Public Library of Science PLoS is another independent open access journal publisher. It just released its first title, PLoS Biology. Starting with PLoS Biology and PLoS Medicine, to debut in 2004, PLoS plans to establish prestige journals on a par with Nature, Science, and Cell. PLoS was started by a group of prominent scientists who called on commercial publishers to make their subscription rates reasonable. When they received no response, they decided to start their own. Authors pay $1,500 when the article is accepted.
    PubMed Central PubMed Central is an electronic archive for peer-reviewed life sciences journal articles. Managed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), PubMed Central archives articles and provides free access to full text articles. Not all articles are available right away, however. For some journals, the content becomes free after six months, a year, or two years.
    SPARC The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) provides information about open access publishing and supports its activities. A coalition of universities, libraries, and institutions, SPARC provides support to independent publishers who want to start open access journals.