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Open Access Journals are devoted to the notion that "immediate unrestricted access to scientific ideas, methods, results, and conclusions will speed the progress of science and medicine" (Public Library of Science).  The prohibitive costs enacted by scientific publishers are seen to interfere with the open spread of information and so a grass-roots initiative has formed to bypass that process.  Listed below are sites devoted to the open exchange of information, collections of open access journals, and ruminations on the possible future of this initiative.

Open Access Journal Collections

  • BioMed Central Journals

  • Springer Open Access Journals

  • Free Medical Journals

  • Directory of Open Access Journals

  • Highwire

  • Public Library of Science

  • PubMed Central - A searchable database for open-access journals

  • UK Pubmed Central

  • Sites devoted to Open Access:


  • Budapest Open Access Initiative

  • Articles from the Chronicle of Higher Education about Open Access Journals (Password Required )

  • The Promise and Peril of Open Access

  • 2 Routes to Open Access: Archives and Institutional Subscriptions

  • Publishers Fear Government Intervention

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