At Cardiff University Press we’ve always been proud of our status as a 100% Open Access (OA) publisher, providing free and unrestricted access to our publications for anyone with an internet connection. But we’re just a small part of the OA revolution: there’s a huge range of other academic content openly available, with countless new publications being added every day. Here are some ideas for other OA collections you may like to explore, put together in a neat guide by our colleagues in the University’s Open Access team.
- Within Cardiff University, the Online Research @Cardiff (ORCA) repository contains records for around 84,500 publications by members of the University, many of which have links to the full text.
- A large number of other universities throughout the world have their own OA repositories. You can find lists of these on the websites of the Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR) or the Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR).
- The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) both provide access to a wide range of OA publications. DOAJ offers about 10,600 journal titles, containing 2.7 million articles; DOAB offers more than 10,100 academic books and book chapters.
- The OAPEN Library is run by the OAPEN Foundation, which also maintains DOAB. It contains more than 4,000 OA academic books, mainly in humanities and social sciences disciplines.
- The Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE) searches more than 100 million documents, of which approximately 60 million are available in OA full text.
Do have a browse through what these sites have to offer! Worldwide access to high-quality information, at no cost, available 24/7 – what’s not to love?