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Open Educational Resources (OER)

Adapted from Open educational resources (OER) Guide by UQ Library. We would like to thank UQ Library for letting us use their guide as a template.

Open access journals

Open Access Journals make quality research freely available for everybody, however not all free resources are of a high quality or are suitable for your purposes. Make sure you know how to evaluate your sources for Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy and Purpose (the CRAAP test) as there are fewer checks and balances in place for freely available resources. See our Evaluating Sources guide for more information.

Publish in an open access journal

Our guide to Open Access publishing covers key points of open access as an option for publishing journal articles. It is intended for JCU staff and students.

Find open access journals and articles

In OneSearch, you can limit your search to Open Access resources by ticking the Open Access option in the left-hand side bar.

You can see the range of Open Access databases in our databases by selecting Open Access in the Database types drop-down menu.

Search engines for open access journals:

Open access publishers

These publishers publish only open access content, across a range of disciplines.

Hybrid Multidisciplinary open access journals

Hybrid publishers

These publishers have some open content, however they primarily produce subscription-based content (i.e. content held behind a paywall). Some journals may have a mixture of content (with some articles open, but others requiring subscription/payment).

Hybrid Open access journals focusing on particular disciplines

Hybrid publishers

These publishers have some open content, however they primarily produce subscription-based content (i.e. content held behind a paywall). Some journals may have a mixture of content (with some articles open, but others requiring subscription/payment).

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