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Open Access: a guide for researchers

Open Access Journals

A guide for Academics interested in Open Access and identifying how to make their research available via Open Access

MU Research Archive (MURAL)


Open Access Books

  • DOAB - Directory of Open Access Books: A directory of academic peer-reviewed books from a range of publishers.
  • InTech Books: One of the largest open access collection of books in the fields of Science, Technology and Medicine.
  • OAPEN: A collection of freely accessible academic books, mainly in the areas of humanities and social sciences.
  • Open Book Publishers: Publishes monographs and textbooks which are freely available to read online.

Directories of Open Access Repositories

Search Engines

This is the most common way of locating open access materials. As shown in the example below there will often be two links, one to the freely-available PDF version in an open access repository and the other to the published version, access to which will be dependent on a subscription:


The following are specific open access search engines:

Pre Print Archives