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Open Access

On this page, we are gathering links to Open Access resources for biological topics. If you decide to use any of the images or texts please make sure to follow the licence under which the material has been released. If you have suggestions for additions to this list please email:

QMUL Open Access information:

Open Access: Information from the QMUL Research and Repository Library team which can answer your questions about Open Access.

Queen Mary Research Online: QMUL’s institutional repository where you can get open access to QMUL research.

Other repositories:

Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB): Search over 10,000 academic peer-reviewed books and chapters from 243 publishers.

OpenDOAR: OpenDOAR is a portal which links up to Open Access repositories from all over the world.

Open Access search engines:

Core: Searches open access resources from 3,669 different repositories worldwide.

Base - Bielefeld Academic Search Engine: Searches a curated index of open access and deep web resources. 60% of the collected resources is accessible as open access. The advanced search allows the user to refine search results, and it is also possible to browse.

Open Access journals:

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ): The Directory of Open Access Journals makes it possible to browse journals by subject. It is also possible to search within the different titles for articles of a specific topic.

eLife: Founded in 2011 by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society and the Wellcome Trust, this journal publishes research covering the life and biomedical sciences.

Nucleic Acids Research: This journal publishes the results of research into physical, chemical, biochemical and biological aspects of nucleic acids and proteins involved in nucleic acid metabolism and/or interactions.

Open Biology: Published by The Royal Society.

PeerJ: Has two peer-reviewed publications: PeerJ covering the Biological, Medical and Environmental Sciences, and PeerJ Computer Science. You can switch between the two on the journal homepage, underneath the search bar.

PLOS: PLOS (Public Library of Science) publishes a range of open access journals within Science and Medicine.

Wiley Open Access Journals: Publishes peer reviewed open access journals across biological, chemical and health sciences.

Other resources of interest:

DPLA: The Digital Public Library of America gives you aggregated data from many libraries and archives. Some of the material is in the public domain while other items are under various copyright licences. Make sure if you decide to use material from this site that the item is under the correct licence for your planned usage.

Open Access Button: Browser extension which enable users to search and download Open access articles.

Open Library: An initiative which gives you access to full-text resources (free after you sign up) which also include science related subjects.

Project Gutenberg: A portal which gives you full-text access to e-books, typically from the public domain. Mainly fiction, but the site does also have a small collection of science literature, covering works of prominent figures such as Darwin, Linnaeus and Freud.

Selected Internet Resources -- Government Resources for Science Images and Video: The Library of Congress lists many American Open Access image banks.

Trove: Gateway to online Australian resources: images, texts, videos and more. Hosted by the National Library of Australia. Including digitised Australian newspapers.

Unpaywall: Browser extension, which enable the user to search and download Open access articles.

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