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Open Access Publishing: Useful resources

Open Access Publishing

Useful resources open access articles across a range of subjects including Physics, Mathematics. Computer Science

Base Bielefeld provides access to millions of scholarly articles and other materials (e.g. theses) from more than 3,000 sources.

CORE provides access to millions of scholarly articles aggregated from over 600 Open Access repositories.

Digital Commons Network portal to free scholarly articles from hundreds of universities and colleges worldwide

Direct2AAM a set of guides to help authors find Author Accepted Manuscripts. The guides, available for most major journals, provide easy to follow instructions for authors to obtain an Author Accepted Manuscript from their journal submission system, where the AAM is stored during the publishing process.

DOAJ directory of open access journals

Open Access Directory a compendium about open access (OA) maintained by the OA community 

OpenDOAR the directory of open access repositories

RIAN portal to open access research publication in Irish universities

ROAR registry of open access repositories

The FOSTER portal is an e-learning platform that brings together training resources relevant to open access publishing and Open Science.

Monographs and Open Access Project

The Monographs and Open Access Project was set up to consider the place of monographs in the arts, humanities and social science disciplines, and how they fit into the developing world of open access to research. The project was commissioned by HEFCE in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). It was led by Geoffrey Crossick, Distinguished Professor of Humanities, School of Advanced Study, University of London.

More information is available on the Library website about alternative routes to scholarly journal articles 

Open access and the humanities

Collins, Ellen, MilloyCaren, Stone, Graham, & Baker, James (2015). Guide to open access monograph publishing for arts, humanities and social sciences researchers : helping researchers to understand the opportunities and challenges of publishing a scholarly monograph in open access. London: JISC Collections.

Print and e-copies available in the Library.

In this book, Martin Paul Eve sets out the histories, contexts and controversies for open access, specifically in the humanities. Broaching practical elements alongside economic histories, open licensing, monographs and funder policies, this book is a must-read for both those new to ideas about open-access scholarly communications and those with an already keen interest in the latest developments for the humanities.

Open Access and the Humanities: A Continuing Education Webinar from the School of Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin

OpenEdition brings together four platforms dedicated to electronic resources in the humanities and social sciences

OAPEN Library contains freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of humanities and social sciences.

Open Library of Humanities


The James Hardiman Library is a member of the Open Library of Humanities (OLH). The OLH's mission is to make scholarly publishing fairer, more accessible, and rigorously preserved for the digital future. It is a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs).
OLH's publishing platform supports academic journals from across the humanities disciplines, as well as hosting its own multidisciplinary journal, Open Library of Humanities. All of OLH's academic articles are subject to rigorous peer review and the scholarship it publishes showcases some of the most dynamic research taking place in the humanities disciplines.

Access to all 26 journals published or supported by OLH is available here and also via the Library Catalogue. 

Google Scholar

  • Google Scholar searches retrieve open access publications
  • Results displayed favour results from institutional repositories
  • Search results will display two links as follows:
    • to the freely-available PDF version in an open access repository
    • to the published version, access to which will be dependent on a subscription