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Open Access Resources: Journals

Selected Subject Repositories for Journal Articles

See the Open Access Directory (OAD) for a full list of OA subject repositories by discipline.

User OpenDOAR to browse for repositories by subject area.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

Search DOAJ

Search the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) for open access journals and articles.

Business Models for Open Access Journals

  • Open access journals support themselves in many different ways. 

  • Some journals (such as BioMedCentral) require the author to pay an article processing charge
  • Others (such as E-Life)  are supported by funders

  • According to the Study of Open Access Publishing (SOAP) project, about 33% of open access journals charge a fee.  59% of those fees are paid by funders (such as the NIH) and 24% are paid by universities through other grants

Library Support for Open Access Journals

The Penn Libraries also support the publishing of open access journals.

ScholarlyCommons - supports the publishing of new e-journals including the College Undergraduate Research Electronic Journal (CUREJ)

Institutional Memberships

  • BioMedCentral - Penn Libraries pays an institutional membership which entitles Penn authors to a discount in their article processing charges. The submitting author must be faculty, student or staff of the University of Pennsylvania. Generally, visiting students and scholars are not eligible for support. Submitting author must use University of Pennsylvania as their author affiliation, and provide their University of Pennsylvania email address. 
  • BMJ Case Reports
  • PeerJ and PeerJ Computer Science -- Penn Libraries have an institutional plan with the PeerJ journals. PeerJ is a peer review open-acess publisher. It publishes articles on biology, medicine, general science, and all aspects of computer science. The libraires support a lifetime membership at the Basic level  (basic level provides one article per year) for Penn faculty who have been accepted for publication with PeerJ.


  • ArXiv - Penn Libraries belongs to ArXiv, a repository well over 1,000,000 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics
  • SCOAP3 - Penn Libraries supports SCOAP3, a repository for journals in high energy physics

Journal Statements on Open Access


Penn Resources

ScholarlyCommons is Penn's institutional repository; it houses research done by the Penn community.