Saturday, February 19, 2011

Open Access Journals

Legal and multidisciplinary researchers at Brooklyn Law School have two databases of open access materials in the library’s e-resources: the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and Open J-Gate. Open access journals are those that do not charge readers or their institutions for access.

DOAJ is a free service with a librarian-vetted list of over 2,800 fully open access, peer-reviewed scholarly journals. Its welcome screen, with links to seventeeen broad subject areas that expand to a larger easy to browse subset of subject, is shown here:

Open J-Gate, an alternative to the DOAJ that indexes more journals, is an electronic gateway to global journal literature containing over five thousand open access journals from a variety of subject disciplines. This portal to article-level searching is not directly comparable with DOAJ. Launched in 2006, Open J-Gate accesses millions of journal articles available online. It is also a database of journal literature, indexed from more than 3000 open access journals, with links to full text at Publisher sites.

Its six top-level subject categories are Agriculture Sciences, Arts & Humanities, Basic Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Engineering & Technology, and Social & Management Sciences with a three-layer hierarchy to find more specific subjects. The last of these subject categories include Law with materials on Arbitration, Banking Law, Constitution and Judicial System, Corporate laws, Crime, Criminology and Law Enforcement, Domicile and Immigration Laws , Environmental Law & Policy, Foreign Trade & Commercial Transactions, Industrial Relations Law, Insurance Law, Intellectual Property, Investment Laws, Regional and International Law, and Taxation Law.


Anonymous said...

RT @billsimpson19: Very useful Search engine that finds open access articles

Victoria Szymczak said...

Also, there are now open access indexes that you can search to find entries in both DOAJ and J-Gate as well as many other open access depositories. It is at