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In these days of budget cuts, free, open access to academic research is more important than ever. Cable Green put up a link to a video that I want to share here as well along with some resources and tips for accessing open research. College of the Redwoods had to cut some journal databases from their library budget. Publishers need to know that this is going to basically backfire on them. Technology is changing the way that we access information and there is no room in education for profiteers! Why aren’t we boycotting? The students need to get involved in this: they are paying more and more for education and getting less and less.
- The Directory of Open Access Journals lists more than 2,800 journals that provide free access to the full text of their articles. You can search for a specific journal or browse by subject area.
- The SPARC Publisher Partner Program features non-profit organizations that are pursuing innovative business models to provide affordable, if not open access, to peer-reviewed research.
- Subject repositories: These archives provide open access to articles by scholars in particular fields. Some only include articles with free, full-text access, while others also include articles with only an abstract. They may also include theses, conference presentations, working papers, or other types of scholarly content. This is a sample list.
- openDOAR: an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories. As well as providing a simple repository list, OpenDOAR lets you search for repositories or search repository contents. http://www.opendoar.org/
- arXiv: Physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology and statistics.http://arxiv.org/
- CogPrints: Cognitive sciences, especially psychology, neuroscience, and linguistics.http://cogprints.org/
- ERIC (Education Resources Information Center): Education. http://www.eric.ed.gov/
- PubMed Central: Biomedical and life sciences. http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/
- SSRN (Social Science Research Network): Social sciences, especially law, political science, economics, and business. http://www.ssrn.com/
- Search tools
- OAIster is a tool to search archives compliant with the Open Archives Initiative metadata standard. This can include open-access journals, institutional and subject repositories, as well as other digital archives, which may include educational or historical content in addition to scholarly journal articles.http://www.oaister.org/
- The Directory of Open Access Journals also includes a tool to search the content of some journals listed. http://www.doaj.org/