A selection of resources about Open Access and finding/using OA publications.
These tools are for individual use – always read the terms and conditions before registering.
For more resources see Cambridge University’s search guide Places to find open access content.
Journals and Books
- Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) – global list of fully OA journals.
- Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) – academic open access books from hundreds of publishers.
- CORE (COnecting REpositories) – An aggregation of open access content from UK and worldwide repositories and open access journals. It provides a range of services including discovery, analytics, and text mining access.
- BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine) – Provides more than 120 million documents from more than 6,000 sources. You can access the full texts of about 60% of the indexed documents for free (Open Access).
- Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR) – A searchable international database indexing the creation, location and growth of open access institutional repositories and their contents.
Downloadable ‘apps’ for your internet browsers. Automatically search for open access options each time you come across a paywalled article or book.
- Open Access Button – Automatically detects paywalled articles and presents an open access alternative (for example a version in an institutional repository).
- Unpaywall – An extension which searches Unpaywall’s database of millions of free scholarly articles each time you encounter a paywall.
- CORE Discovery – An in-browser extension from CORE (see above) – also recommends OA articles on a similar subject if the article is paywalled.
- Kopernio – Provides a ‘get PDF’ button on your browser and will also access content which the library has paid for – Search the institution list for University of Oxford.
- GetPDF – Coming soon from Open Access Button.