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Due to sustained pressure from university libraries, research funders and other agencies publishers have made an increasing number of scholarly material (books, journals, conference papers) freely available online as Open Access materials. These materials have been peer reviewed, quality checked and the full text is available online.

Please click on the expandable sections below to discover some of the key Open Access resources.

  • Open Access - University of Cumbria



    Insight       Insight is the institutional research repository for the University of Cumbria. It contains electronic copies of research output (journal articles, book chapters, conference papers, unpublished manuscripts and papers, etc) by our staff and researchers. 

    University Library and Academic Advisors maintain these pages to help students access resources that are relevant to their course. Open Access resources and useful websites will be added to these pages where available.

    Walk-in Access to Electronic Resources (WATER)

    The University of Cumbria Library provides visitors with Walk-in Access To EResources (WATER) giving access to a number of our subscription electronic resources. The eresources are accessed via the Walk In Access tab on the library catalogue terminals in the libraries at:

    • Ambleside
    • Carlisle Fusehill St
    • Carlisle Brampton Rd
    • Lancaster
  • Open Access - General Multidisciplinary Resources (journal articles and more)

    Access to Research Public Libraries Initiative providing free access to over 10 million academic articles free of charge from any Lancashire or Cumbria Council library.
    BASE   BASE provides more than 50 million documents from more than 2,900 sources. You can access the full texts of about 75% of the indexed documents. 
    Cambridge University Press: Open Access

    Access to CUP’s growing collection of full open access journals

    CORE: COnnecting REpositories  20 million articles worldwide, including pre-publication version of journal articles, book chapters, conference papers and theses. You can limit your search to full text articles and if an article is peer reviewed this is specified. 
    DeGruyter Open De Gruyter publishes a growing number of fully open access journals
    Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)   A service that indexes and provides access to over 9800 peer reviewed Open Access journals and the articles in them. You can search by article, journal or browse by subject. 
    OpenDOAR: the Directory of Open Access Repositories  An authoritative directory of about 2500 open access repositories (research archives). You can search the directory or the contents of repositories. Contents may be research outcomes or pre-prints of journal articles and book chapters published by researchers. 
    Digital Commons Network The Digital Commons Network brings together free, full-text scholarly articles from hundreds of universities and colleges worldwide
    Google Scholar Google Scholar picks up Open Access content from global repositories
    OAIster  Catalogue of Open Access digital resources from collections worldwide. More than 30 million records from more than 1,500 contributors with links to full text where possible. 
    Open Access Button  A free plugin service that will search for an Open Access version of a paywalled publication. 
    OpenDepot An open access repository  to enable all academics worldwide to share in the benefits of open access exposure for their research outputs.
    Open Grey Open Grey provides open access to 700.000 bibliographical references of grey literature (paper) produced in Europe. Examples of grey (gray) literature include technical or research reports, doctoral dissertations, some conference papers, some official publications, and other types of grey literature.
    re3data By offering detailed information on more than 2,000 research data repositories, re3data has become the most comprehensive source of reference for research data infrastructures globally.
    ResearchGate A social networking site for academics. Good for making contact with authors and for finding articles for personal studies. Please note that not all articles uploaded here have been copyright cleared.

    SpringerOpen Journals 

    SpringerOpen, launched in June 2010, includes Springer’s portfolio of 200+ peer-reviewed fully open access journals across all areas of science.
    Taylor & Francis Open Access  Access to Taylor & Francis Group's growing collection of full open access journals
    Unpaywall  Unpaywall is a free plugin for Chrome and Firefox that will search for an Open Access version of a paywalled publication. 
  • Open Access - Books

    Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) A searchable directory of over 1600 openly accessible academic peer-reviewed books from over 50 publishers.
    InTech Books A publisher of scientific Open Access books
    National Academies Press  Over 4000 book titles from the US National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering
    JISC ebooks JISC Collections exists to support the acquisition of digital content for education and research in the UK
    OAPEN  The OAPEN Library contains freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of Humanities and Social Sciences. 
    Open Book Publishers   Publisher providing free access to about 40 academic books, mainly in the Humanities and Social Sciences 
    Open Textbook LIbrary  Textbooks that have been funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed. These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of US colleges and universities to assess their quality.  
    Project Gutenberg  45,000 free e-books. An American project which cannot publish any texts still in copyright. This generally means that the texts are taken from books published pre-1923. 
    SpringerOpen Books

    SpringerOpen publishes a wide selection of open access books across various disciplines. 

    Taylor and Francis Books Open Access

    Taylor & Francis Books Open Access is an initiative that allows authors and their funders to publish open access (OA) single- or co-authored books and edited collections.

  • Open Access - Subject Specific Resources

    Links to the resources below are also available on the University of Cumbria library subject pages.



    1Findr Curated collection of peer-reviewed articles in Science
    ARKIVOC (Archive for Organic Chemistry) The articles cover the area of organic chemistry, including sub-areas of bio-organic and organometallic chemistry.
    BioMed Central (BMC) Several hundred open access, online, peer-reviewed journals – includes Chemistry Central.
    Cogprints An archive for self-archive papers in any area of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Linguistics (and areas of Computer Science, Philosophy, Biology, Medicine, Anthropology and any other portions of the physical, social and mathematical sciences that are pertinent to the study of cognition).
    IAMCR: International Association for Media and Communication Research See the tab for Resources, then the Open Access Journals link, for a list and links to about 90 journals published internationally

    Database of articles and reports on the peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology.

    Institute of Physics Publishing IOP publish conference proceedings and many journal articles with an Open Access licence. There is a good range of e-books which contain a lot of interactive material; the first chapter of all of them is free to read.
    Journal of Open Access to Law (JOAL)  Aims to promote international research on the topic of open access to law.
    Nature Communications Nature Communications is an open access journal that publishes high-quality research from all areas of the natural sciences.
    OMIXS international: open access journals by indexing 700 online open access scholarly journals in all aspects of Science, Engineering, Management and Technology
    Open AIRE Contains 8 million records from EC funded scientific research many of which are full text. Aims to provide not only published outcomes but the linked source datasets
    Open Music Library Curated by a community of music scholars, students, teachers and librarians, the Open Music Library brings together peer-reviewed journal articles, books, music scores, audio, and video recordings from the world’s digital collections.

    Physical Review C

    Physical Review D

    Physical Review Letters

    From 2015 all articles authored by The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) are open access.
    Public Library of Science (PLoS)  With over 100,000 articles, PLoS is the pre-eminent open access publisher for journal articles in science and medicine
    PubMed Central (PMC) Open Access Life Science and Medical Journals. Hosted by the US National Library of Medicine
    ScienceOpen ScienceOpen is a freely accessible search and discovery platform
    Social Science Research Network (SSRN)  Social science research, including accounting, anthropology, cognition, economics, humanities, information systems, law, management, marketing, politics, sustainability etc
    Wellcome Open Research A platform of health-related research funded by the Wellcome Trust. All items are peer-reviewed and open access.