Open Education Week - Open Access Journals

Tue. Mar. 10, 2015

In honour of Open Education Week, the UW librarians are putting together a selection of free educational resources for you. Let's take a quick look at Open Access Journals.

Open access journals are journals that are available online and contain articles that are free to read. Usually, there are costs associated with the publication and production of such journals, and copyright still applies. Similar to other open access material, open access journals articles may be licensed under an open copyright license (such as Creative Commons), or may have other copyright restrictions dependent upon the type of open access. The three main types are:

  • Green – articles which are self-archived, generally pre or post-print in institutional repositories;
  • Gold – articles fully accessible in open access journals; and
  • Hybrid – articles which are open access within subscription journals. The article itself is open access, but the other articles within the journal issue need a subscription to be read. Generally this type of open access has a fee attached which is paid to the publisher or journal by the author.

For more information see:

Some open access journal resources are:

  • WinnSpace  – University of Winnipeg’s Institutional Repository
  • DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals
  • PubMed Central – U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM)
  • Erudit - Érudit is a multi-institutional publishing consortium (Université de Montréal, Université Laval, Université du Québec à Montréal)
  • Eric - Education Resources Information Center