Oct
19
2006

Information should be free

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

Have you ever wanted to learn about something on the internet only to hit a paywall. A paywall only allows you to read the article if you pay money first. When I look for information on the internet, I depend upon free, full text, and quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. The Directory of Open Access Journals provides this service.

The Directory of Open Access Journals covers all subjects and languages. There are now 2423 journals in the directory. Currently 709 journals are searchable at the article level. As of today 118178 articles are included in the DOAJ service.

Junk science not allowed

Open access means I can "read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles" Quality control means the journal must exercise peer-review or editorial quality control.

Check out their Frequently asked questions and the search articles features.

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bryan kennedy's picture

Well free is an interesting concept. What you are arguing for is open access. All of those publications have to fund their operations in some fashion. They aren't free but rather funded and open. I love the open model but also know that some of these free operations often aren't sustainable for lack of a good funding model.

posted on Thu, 10/19/2006 - 2:37pm
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

I agree that funding is important. I am really happy, though, that open access is possible and want to share links to all this wonderful information. Here is another one:

Stanford Universty claims their HighWire Press is the largest archive of free full-text science on Earth.

posted on Thu, 10/19/2006 - 3:23pm

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