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Open Access: Open Access to Research - A list of useful resources

This guide is intended to provide advice on open access to researchers

Open Access to Research - A list of useful resources

Queen’s University Belfast is committed to supporting open access (OA) for the purposes of preservation, increased dissemination and potential increased impact of research.                                                   

The purpose of this guide is provide Queen’s Staff and Students with a list of resources that can provide access to freely available, scholarly papers across multi-disciplines.

Queen's and Open Access



Queen's Research Portal : The University’s Institutional Repository has thousands of Queen’s publications available to read and download.

Queen's and Open Access

Queen's supports a number of fully open access publishers via publisher membership deals and institutional pre-pay accounts

Some of the fully open access publishers that Queen's currently support are listed below:


    BioMed CentralFully open access publisher, sharing discoveries from research communities in science, technology, engineering and medicine.


   Public Library of Science: Fully open access publisher in science, technology and medicine.

     Open Library of Humanities  &    Open Book Publishers

Both academic led, not for profit, publishing platforms that support academic journals and books from across the humanities & social sciences disciplines.

Open Access to Research - CORE




CORE: largest aggregator of open access research papers in the world.

CORE’s mission is to aggregate all open access research outputs from repositories and journals worldwide and make them available to the public.

Open Access to Research - Directory of open access journals



DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

Open Access to Research - OpenDOAR



OpenDOAR: Directory of Open Access Repositories.

OpenDOAR is a quality-assured global directory of academic open access repositories. It enables the identification, browsing and search for repositories, based on a range of features, such as location, software or type of material held.

Open Access to Research - Open Access Button



Open Access Button: you can use this service to access free and legal research articles.

The Open Access Button does not use content from ResearchGate or

Open Access to Research - UnPaywall





UnPaywall: A browser extension that provides access to an open database with over 20 million free scholarly articles

Open Access to Research 1findr

1findr contains refereed journals and journals which may not be included in existing collections and discovery systems




OpenEdition is a comprehensive electronic infrastructure for academic communication in the humanities and social sciences. It combines four platforms dedicated to books, journals, research blogs, and academic announcements respectively.