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Finding clinical and scientific literature (transition skills): Open access journals

Open access journals

This page connects you to a number of key publisher websites and on-line platforms offering open access (i.e. free) journal content. Many other open access sources are available - you'll find some of them listed at: https://libguides.qub.ac.uk/openaccess/useful/resources
BioMed Central (BMC)

BioMed Central (BMC) is an extensive collection of on-line open access journals, covering research areas such as biomedicine, mathematics, Earth sciences, and medicine/public health.

Access BMC by Googling it, or by clicking the link below.

Click 'Explore journals' to view journals by subject or title.

Search across all BMC journal titles, or within specific journals. All articles may be read as webpages, or downloaded as PDFs.

You can also access individual BMC journals directly by Googling them: e.g. BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, Cardiovascular Ultrasound etc.

Screenshot of a specific article within BioMed Central

Screenshot of the homepage of the open access journal BMC Cardiovascular Disorders


Screenshot showing a specific article within BioMed Central

CORE

Huge searchable database of open access journal and other content from around the world.

Access CORE by clicking the link below:

Get PDF buttons link you directly to the full text of search results.

Screenshot of the main search box on the CORE website

Screenshot of the search box on the CORE homepage


Screenshot of a result in CORE, with the Get PDF button highlighted

Screenshot of a search result in CORE, with the Get PDF button highlighted

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

On-line index providing access to thousands of high-quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

Access DOAJ via Google, or by clicking the link below:

Search for journals by title or keyword, or across all the 6 million+ articles indexed by DOAJ.

Click READ ONLINE links to connect to third party journal or publisher platforms, which will allow you to download article PDFs for free.

Screenshot showing the search box on the DOAJ homepage


Screenshot of an article page in DOAJ, with the Read on-line button highlightedScreenshot of an article page in DOAJ, with the Read Online button highlighted


Screenshot of a third party publisher website accessible via DOAJ, from which the PDF of articles may be downloaded

Screenshot of a third party publisher website accessible via DOAJ, from which the PDF of articles may be downloaded

PLOS (Public Library of Science)

PLOS publishes a range of on-line open access journals, covering topics such as biology, global public health, and sustainability/transformation.

Access PLOS by Googling it, or clicking the link below:

Click on a journal to view articles within it. Read articles as webpages, or download PDF copies.

Screenshot of the PLOS homepage, showing links to individual PLOS journals

Screenshot of a section of the PLOS homepage, displaying links to individual PLOS journals


Screenshot of an article in the open access journal PLOS Pathogens, with Download PDF button highlightedScreenshot of an article in the open access journal PLOS Pathogens, with Download PDF button highlighted