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Open Access Journals: Home


Cressman Library and Open Access

Many of the library subscription databases include results with links to open access journals and articles, in addition to what the library subscribes to. Many examples are listed here, along with sites that are entirely free and open access. You may find this page to be especially useful when you have time for browsing.


Open Access Journals

Along with the thousands of journals the Cressman Library subscribes to, many of our databases include indexing, abstracting and full text to peer reviewed open access journals. This page lists databases to open access journals that aren't part of a library subscription. (UPDATE: Links are now included on this Research Guide to library databases that do also provide open access).

PubMed will also link out to journals the library subscribes to. On the article abstract page, follow the full text links in the upper right corner of the page. If the library has access, these links will work. Be sure to access PubMed from the library website or a Research Guide, though. Try PubMed w/Full Text Finder links.

Nelson Memo Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Ensuring Free, Immediate, and Equitable Access to Federally Funded Research, aka The Nelson Memo, "to make publications and their supporting data resulting from federally funded research publicly accessible without an embargo on their free and public release."

(Questions to ask, Why did the Nelson Memo become controversial?)

What does Open Access mean?


open access network

What does open access mean?

Open Access | DIAMOND




"The Higher Education Leadership Initiative for Open Scholarship (HELIOS Open) is a cohort of colleges and universities committed to collective action to advance open scholarship within and across their campuses. Leaders from US colleges and universities have joined this community of practice, working together to promote a more transparent, inclusive, and trustworthy research ecosystem."



Transitioning Society Publications to OA


Society Publishers with Open Access Journals

Transformative Journals


advancing open access to research

cOAlition S

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a European Science Foundation initiative

with information about Diamond Open Access

(for the publishing options that are supported by your funder’s OA policy)

PubMed with Full Text Finder links

PubMed US National Library of Medicine NIH

PubMed and PubMed Central
(Open Access and subscription)

PubMed also links out to journals the library subscribes to. On the article abstract page, follow the full text links in the upper right corner. If the library has access, these links will work. Be sure to access PubMed from the library website or a Research Guide, though.

Better yet, search PubMed w/Full Text Finder links.

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Questioning the integrity of a journal?


Sciences, open access databases and/or publishers

See also:

AAAS​  The journal Science Advances is entirely open access. Other AAAS journals are available with free registration with access from 1997 to current, but with a 1 yr. embargo.

Royal Society  Royal Society Open Science and Open Biology are full open access. Other Royal Society journals are open as of issues that are from 10 years ago with either an approximately 1 year (for biological sciences) or approximately 2 year (for physical sciences) embargo on more current issues.

Sciences, featured open access journal

Life Sciences, featured open access journal

Medicine, featured open access journal from JAMA

Mathematics, open/partial open access database, Project Euclid

Psychology, featured open access journals

Humanities and Social Sciences, open access journals

      Discover Brill Open Access journal articles and book chapters.

Many subjects, open access

(4) Open Journals (

The Scholarly Kitchen, a post on Open Access in the Sciences

Are We Providing What Researchers Need in the Transition to Open Science?

Erika Pastrana, Editorial Director for the Nature Portfolio and Open Science lead at Springer Nature, and Simon Adar, co-founder of Code Ocean, write about the inner workings and the adoption of versus the resistance to open science practices in the scholarly science community.

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