Finding freely accessible publications
The following research tools are available to search for freely accessible full texts:
In the Directory of Open Access Journals, you can search for quality-checked Open Access journals as well as individual articles that are freely accessible.
The Bielefeld Academic Search Engine is one of the world's largest search engines for scientific documents on the World Wide Web. Approx. 60% of all documents indexed there are freely accessible in full text.
For online articles whose full texts cannot be accessed due to a paywall, the browser plug-in Unpaywall online shows whether there is a freely accessible version of the article. It is available for Firefox and Google Chrome.
Finding reliable Open Access Publishers
The overwhelming number of magazines often creates uncertainty about the right journal for publishing.
The following information will help:
The DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journal) indexes checked quality-tested open access journals as well as single articles, which are freely accessible.
(Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association) is an association of publishers, committed to a severe review process to scientific standards.
(Committee of Publication Ethics) provides standards for publication process and especially peer review.
Concrete questions concerning the choice of journals offers the checklist Think.Check.Submit..
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