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Open Access

Open access (OA) is the practice of providing unrestricted access via the Internet to peer-reviewed scholarly research. This guide is designed to provide access to a variety of sources to help faculty, staff & students navigate this topic.

Finding Open Access Journals

There are countless Open Access journals available now. How can you find them?

Start with the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). The DOAJ aims to index and provide access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

Worried the journal you found might not be legitimate? Try using the Journal Evaluation Tool from Loyola Marymount University. This rubric and scoring sheet will help in evaluating key aspects of a legitimate journal and may help allay concerns about academic publishing scams.

Archives & Repositories

A lot of open access research can be found in open access repositories. Many repositories are maintained by colleges and universities, such as Swarthmore College's Works. Many disciplines have additional commonly used repositories that can be used to keep up to date on recent research

Looking for something not mentioned here? Try searching the Directory of Open Access Repositories.

Helpful Resources