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Open Access Resources

Open access resources are freely available "on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other then those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself". (Budapest Open Access Initiative)

Open Access Journals

There are a growing number of open access journals. Some of the largest collections are listed below:

  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) - Lists over 1500 open access journals of which 380 can be searched to article level.
  • Highwire Press - Highwire press is a division of the Stanford University Libraries, which produces the online versions of high-impact, peer-reviewed journals and other scholarly content.
  • Public Library of Science - The Public library of Science (PLoS) is a non-profit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a public resource. 

Find more open access journals by combining the terms "open access journal" with your area of interest in a search engine. For example try a Google search for "open access journal" AND "animation".

E-prints and Institutional Repositories

E-prints are digital preprints or post prints of journal articles, theses, conference papers, chapters of books, or books freely available online. They are commonly found on authors personal websites, disciplinary archives, and institutional repositories.

ePrint archives include:

  • OAISter - A search portal for digital collections of ebooks, online journals, audio and image files, and movies provided by the research library community.  It searches across more than 300 separate collections, including arXiv, CiteBase, ANU ePrints, ePrints@UQ and others.
  • Directory of Open Access Repositories (Open DOAR) - OpenDOAR is a directory of academic open access repositories.
  • All Academic - All Academic provides electronic versions of academic writings and research.

To locate other e-prints or institutional repositories search on the web using the terms eprints, archive, or repository with your discipline or subject area.

For example:

  • eprints AND film,
  • archive AND "audio engineering"
  • repository AND university AND Australia
Last updated 3/8/09