Directory of Open Access Journals by tlp18619



                                       Directory of Open Access Journals

     The Open Access movement has given rise to a flood of             language in which the journal is published. Full text articles
freely accessible online journals. This and the increased hosting      from listed journals are searchable through a trouble-free
of specific electronic repositories and collections of various         interface with simple Boolean operators. The entire updated
classes of knowledge banks provide a valuable add-on to                lists of records of the library are available in a downloadable
existing published scientific information. Unlike traditional print    form for offline access.
journals, textbooks and established databases, there has been              The criteria for inclusion of a journal in the directory are
no attempt to categorise Open Access journals. Libraries and           explained on a separate page. The minimum standards stress
individuals therefore find it difficult to incorporate these newer     on the inclusion of those publications that do not levy any
resources as effective supplements to existing printed ones.           charge on their users or institutions; publish full-text research
     At the First Nordic Conference on Scholarly Communication         papers and exercise quality control in the form of editorial
in Lund, Copenhagen held in 2002 the need for creating a               and/or peer review.
comprehensive formal listing of Open Access Journals was                   The Directory is a successful attempt at providing a well-
felt. It was rightly presumed that such an initiative would be a       timed service in order to access quality controlled Open Access
valuable service for the global research and education                 Journals. It has a wide reach in terms of the subject areas and
community. The Directory of Open Access Journals (http://              “increases the visibility and ease of use” of these journals, thus came into being. The Directory is funded            most of which are not associated with large publishing houses
by the Open Society Institute - Budapest and supported by              and thus cannot afford to advertise. The initiative will
SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources                 undoubtedly promote their usage and impact. The dynamic
Coalition).                                                            nature of the service ensures that it will continue to grow as
     The website consists of a small number of pages but links         new journals are identified. The Directory will be of benefit to
to more than 1500 journals, about one fourth of these are              the researchers, scientists, and libraries looking for Open
searchable and are further linked to full free text. Scientific        Access publications.
and other scholarly Open Access journals are available in both,
an alphabetical and a subject-wise listing. The subject listing                                                             J. Singh
is expandable and reveals the journal title, the ISSN                                                               Website Editor, IJP
(International Standard Serial Number), the publisher and the                                         E-mail:

198        Indian J Pharmacol   | June 2005 | Vol 37 | Issue 3 | 198

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