Open Access Research Sources

Open Source Journal Articles

Some professionals want their articles published as “open source”–available online, free of charge.  Open source allows the author’s work to be easily found and easily cited in others’ research–which means the author’s name recognition in the field is increased.  But this also means that as students doing research, you have free and easy access to these sources.  The ones listed here are also peer-reviewed.

Remember, open source articles will still need to be cited in your work.  You need citations for any source–book, article, website, DVD, etc.–that you use in your research, regardless of where it came from.

BioMed Central


HighWire Press, Stanford University

Note: Availability of titles and articles from HighWire vary.  Please bring/email citation information to a librarian for articles that aren’t available online immediately.

Public Library of Science (PLoS)

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

Note:  DOAJ is multidisciplinary and international.  It has 39 nursing journals and many are in a language other than English.

U.S. Nursing Journals included in DOAJ are:

Online Journal of Issues in Nursing (OJIN)

Online Journal of Nursing Informatics

Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care

Open Nursing Journal