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AgriXiv a preprint repository to add or read research in the field of agriculture and allied sciences.

arXiv Open access to one million e-prints in the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance and statistics; read about the growth of the arXiv database in this recent article: One Million Preprints and Counting, The Scientist, Dec. 29. 2014. See also Paperscape, a visual map of arxiv and another interface for arxiv at UC Davis called Front.

bioRxiv a preprint server for biology; maintained by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

CaltechAUTHORS search a collection of over 35,000 research papers authored by Caltech faculty

CiteSeerX scientific literature digital library and search engine that focuses primarily on the literature in computer and information science

CogPrints Cognitive Science E-Print Archive; this site is no longer updated, but the site is still accessible, Feb. 2019.

Dept. of Energy Pages new beta site providing access to journal article and accepted manuscripts resulting from DOE research funding

EarthArXiv "A free preprint service for the Earth sciences"

EcoEvoRxiv Preprints "A free preprint service for ecology, evolution and conservation".

ECSarXiv Preprints "a free preprint service for electrochemistry and solid state science and technology"

EDP Open French publisher in the sciences; 78,000 open access articles and numerous books in both English and French

engrXiv a new engineering preprint archive; for an introduction see the July 2016 announcement on the engrXiv blog

F1000 research search for articles, posters, and slideshows in the bio-medical sciences

Harvard Dataverse Network open to all scientific data from all disciplines

High Energy Physics literature database

IEEE Xplore search over 3 million items from a digital library collection provided by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

MarXiv Papers "The free research repository for the ocean and marine-climate sciences. Visit for more information."

MindRxiv "Open archive for research on mind and contemplative practices"

NARCIS National Academic Research and Collaborations Information System; "gateway to scholarly information in the Netherlands and contains publications from all Dutch universities, scientific institutes, KNAW and NWO, including Open Access e-theses from all Dutch universities."

NutriXiv "A free preprint service for the nutritional sciences"

The On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences use for identifying a sequence or to obtain more terms, formulas, references, links, programs, etc. for a sequence

Open Energy Information "Linked energy information on hundreds of topics crowdsourced from industry and government agencies."

Organic Eprints "an international open access archive for papers and projects related to research in organic food and farming."

PaleorXiv Papers "A preprint archive for Paleontology"

PeerJ PrePrints fully open access preprints in the field of biology

Preprints The multidisciplinary preprint platform; the sciences are well represented

Pubget search engine for life science PDF's including everything from Medline

SciELO Scientific Electronic Library Online; database of South American scientific journals; for an in-depth discussion about SciELO download the free e-book SciELO - 15 Years of Open Access: an analytic study of Open Access and scholarly communication. UNESCO, 2014.

Science Accelerator "a gateway to science, including R&D results, project descriptions, accomplishments, and more, via resources from the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), U.S. Department of Energy."

ScienceOpen search for open access science articles; can narrow search by discipline

Science Research search multiple sites in one search

Scirus for scientific research; Notice: this site is set to retire in 2014

SciTech Connect a search portal that consolidates the contents of OSTI's Information Bridge and Energy Citations Database (U.S. Dept. of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information)

SCOAP3 Repository open access literature in particle physics created by the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics

World Wide Science "a global science gateway comprised of national and international scientific databases and portals."

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Academic Journals publisher of over 100 peer-reviewed open access journals mainly in the sciences

ACS Publications American Chemical Society

AIP Publications search physical science publications from AIP Publishers; over 1 million articles; results will include free, open access and subscription based references

AMS American Mathematical Society and their open access journals

Bentham Open publisher of open access journals in the sciences

bioRxiv a preprint server for biology; maintained by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

BioMed Central open access publisher of biomedical science journals; view journals A-Z or by Subject; or search articles

BioHouse Journals open access journals in the sciences

Chemical Science Article Repository Royal Chemistry Society; "a non-commercial subject specific open access repository for chemistry papers"

Chemistry Central open access publisher in the field of chemistry

Copernicus Publications open access publisher

dblp computer science bibliography

De Gruyter Open open access science content

Directory of Open Access Journals

Elsevier Open access journals in the sciences

Friends Science Publishers agricultural publications

Frontiers open access publisher in the sciences

Inderscience Publishers publisher of many science journals; subscription required to view full text; abstracts available and rss alert service

IOS Press a direct link to the IOS Press open access book collection, including the publication of numerous conference proceedings

Liebert Open Access Journals a collection of open access journals in the sciences

Living Reviews a collection open access, peer-reviewed journals

Microsoft Academic Search

MDPI publisher of open access journals in the sciences

NIST Publications Portal National Institute of Standards and Technology (U.S.)

OMICS Group Open Access Journals

Open Science blog hosted by De Gruyter with open access news for the sciences

Science Publishing Group list of open access science journals

Scientific Research Publishing an academic publisher of open access journals

SpringerOpen publisher providing open access journals in the sciences

SpringerOpen Books a direct link to open access books published on Springer Open; many books in the sciences

Ubiquity Press open access journals published by Ubiquity Press

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Earth Science World Image Bank photographs of all aspects of Earth Science

NeuroMorpho.Org " ... a centrally curated inventory of digitally reconstructed neurons associated with peer-reviewed publications."


Annotate tool for uploading, annotating, reviewing documents in an online workspace; free and premium accounts available; for more about online annotation tools see "Annotating the scholarly web" by J. Perkel on, Dec. 1, 2015.

arXiv to BibTeX a tool that generates a BibTeX record for any article in the arXiv database.

BibBase create a bibliography of your publications

Bibsonomy social bookmarking and sharing site; searchable

BibTeX learn about the BibTeX tool and file format for organizing lists of references

Deeplinks Electronic Frontier Foundation's blog covering digital rights and technology issues

Embargo Watch a blog that monitors scientific information embargoes and how they affect news coverage

Experiment crowdfunding for science projects, experiments, scientific research

Figshare store and share your data

Hypothesis Annotate documents; collaborate and share

Journal Metrics CiteScore is a free service from Scopus for journals in Scopus

LabWorm a collection of science tools selected and updated weekly by the science community

MathBook XML "A lightweight XML application for authors of scientific articles, textbooks and monographs." See the gallery of those who have put it to use

Mendeley free citation management tool and .pdf organizer

oaDOI find articles using the DOI (Digital Object Identifier)

Open Notebook Science Network publish your research project in an online notebook

Open Science Framework a scholarly research repository, "free and open source."

Open Science Laboratory an ongoing experiment from The Open University (UK) and the Wolfson Foundation.

Open Science MOOC project and resource for the science community more fully explained by the founder, Jon Tennant, in an interview, Feb. 11, 2019 on eurodoc.

ORCID Open Research and Contributor ID is a non-profit that provides a registry of unique personal identifiers for researchers; sign up to create an ORCID ID.

paper-now an experimental location on GitHub where authors can "create, edit and display a journal article, entirely in GitHub"

Peerage of Science

PLOS Tech blog discussing tools and techniques in science communication

Privacy Tools for Sharing Data Research

PubPeer "an online community that uses the publication of scientific results as an opening for fruitful discussion among scientists."

ResearchGate join free to search and share scientific output

Retraction Watch a blog that publicizes the retraction of scientific papers

Scimago Journal and Country Rank this tool will show the rank and impact of science journals contained in the Scopus database

Science of Science (Sci2) Tool Manual download the manual and toolset specifically designed for the study of science

Tabula open source download for massaging data extracted from .pdf files

Tools for Open Science from the Open Science Working Group of the Open Knowledge Foundation

What are Altmetrics a new web page that clearly explains altmetrics for researchers

Zenodo Upload, share, browse research

Zotero free citation management tool; for a useful review of the tool see: Citation management tool for open science (June 2014)

Open access journals in the sciences

Atlas Journal of Science Education

Database: the journal of biological databases and curation; an open access journal from Oxford Journals

Earth and Space Science open access journal from the American Geophysical Union

Earth's Future an open access journal from the American Geophysical Union

Elementa new open access (Jan. 2017) journal published by the University of California Press covering the topic of climate change and the environment

GigaScience open access journal for life and biomedical sciences

IBIMA Publishing browse and search a collection of open access journals

Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship and open access journal published by the Association of College and Research Libraries, Science and Technology Section

Journal of Earth Modeling Systems open access journal from the American Geophysical Union

Journal of Information Technology in Construction "a peer-reviewed scholarly journal on the use of IT in architecture, civil engineering and facility management"

Journal of Visualized Experiments first PubMed-indexed scientific video journal, open access and peer-reviewed

Open Biology published by Royal Society Publishing

Open Mind an open access journal for the cognitive sciences

Plant Knowledge Journal an open access journal

Plant Science Today

Research Ideas and Outcomes the open science journal that "publishes all outputs of the research cycle"

Scientific Data "an open-access, peer-reviewed publication for descriptions of scientifically valuable data sets."

Scientific World Journal open access journal published by Hindawi; covers "a wide range of subjects in science, technology, and medicine."

Sensors a peer-reviewed, open access journal on the science and technology of sensors and biosensors published by MDPI

Veterinary Record Open open access journal from the British Veterinary Association

Visualization in Engineering an open access journal published on SpringerOpen

ZooKeys an open access peer-reviewed journal covering the topics of systematic zoology, phylogeny and biogeography.


Integrating Virtual Worlds with Tangible User Interfaces for Teaching Mathematics: A Pilot Study by Graciela Guerrero et al. Sensors (Basel). 2016 Nov; 16(11): 1775. Available at DOI

Other Databases and Repositories

Addgene a non-profit plasmid repository dedicated to helping scientists around the world share high-quality plasmids

BioSharing A catalogue of databases, listing nearly 800, including bioscience databases

Collected Papers of Einstein launched Dec. 2014 by Princeton University; a collection of over 5000 documents from the first 44 years of Einstein's life

Einstein Papers Project at Caltech a database of 80,000 records of Einstein papers and correspondence

Fossil Calibration Database an open access resource. "The database will help scientists estimate the timing of the origins of key plants and animals by combining vetted data from the fossil record with DNA sequences." [1]

F1000 Research "a unique open access repository for posters and slide presentations across biology and medicine"

The Genome Analysis Centre all TGAC publications are open access; covering the field of genomics and computational bioscience

Genome Portal

Informal Science search a database of learning projects and other science resources

International Plant Names Index "a database of the names and associated basic bibliographical details of seed plants, ferns and lycophytes"

Optipedia "encyclopedic articles on key topics in optics and photonics"

The Plant List a working list of all plant species; a collaboration between the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Missouri Botanical Garden registry of research data repositories

Wellcome Open Research Wellcome-funded research papers, open access

Zoo Bank The Official Registry of Zoological Nomenclature


Archaeologists in Print: Publishing for the People by Amara Thornton. UCL Press, 2018. Read this book for free at the UCL Press.

Behind the Black Box: Sessions with Game Engine Programmers by Caleb Biasco, Jared Ettinger, Jacob Wilson, Chaojie Zhu, Yidi Zhu. ETC Press, 2018. Read this book for free at ETC Press.

Bioeconomy: Shaping the Transition to a Sustainable, Biobased Economy by Iris Lewandowski. Springer, 2018. This is an open access book available on SpringerOpen. Subject: Biology, Economic.; Sustainable development.

Deep Learning by Ian Goodfellow, Yoshua Bengio and Aaron Courville. MIT Press, 2016. Available to read for free at MIT Press. Subject: Machine learning.

How to Design Programs: An Introduction to Programming and Computing, 2d ed. by Matthias Felleisen, Robert Bruce Findler, et al. MIT Press, 2018. This book is open access available on the MIT Press web site. Subject: Programming.

Karl Popper: Science and Enlightenment by Nicholas Maxwell. UCL Press, 2017. Read this book for free at the UCL Press. Subject: Science -- Philosophy.

Machine Learning for Data Streams with Practical Examples in MOA by Albert Bifet, Ricard Gavaldà, Geoff Holmes and Bernhard Pfahringer. MIT Press, 2018. This book is open access available on the MIT Press web site. Subject: Database management.; Neural networks (Computer science); Machine learning.

Mapping and the Citizen Sensor by Giles Foody, Linda See et al. Ubiquity Press, 2017. Read the book for free on Ubiquity Press. Subject: Geodatabases -- Citizen participation.; Cartography -- Citizen participation.; Cartography -- Technological innovations.; Remote sensing.; Artificial satellites -- Tracking.

The News at the Ends of the Earth: the print culture of polar exploration by Hester Blum. Duke University Press, 2019. Access a free edition of the book here. Subject: Polar regions -- Discovery and exploration -- Sources; Polar regions -- History -- Sources; Explorers -- Polar regions -- Diaries; Survival -- Psychological aspects; Climatic changes -- Psychological aspects; Human ecology -- Psychological aspects

Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science, edited by Rajiv Jhangiani and Robert Biswas-Diener. London: Ubiquity Press, 2017. This is an open access book. Download or read a free copy online; DOI: Subject: Distance education -- Computer-assisted instruction.; Electronic textbooks.; Internet in higher education.; Open access publishing.; Open learning.

Open Science in a Digital Republic, a white paper by Scientific and Technical Information Department - CNRS. Open Edition Press, 2016. Read this open access white paper from the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) on Open Edition.

Opening Science: The Evolving Guide on How the Web is Changing Research, Collaboration and Scholarly Publishing, edited by Sönke Bartling & Sascha Friesike. SpringerOpen, 2014. The book is published in multiple formats: dynamic book format; open access book format; and printed book version.

Production Ergonomics: Designing Work Systems to Support Optimal Human Performance by Cecilia Berlin and Caroline Adams. Ubiquity Press, 2017. Read the book for free on the Ubiquity Press site. Subject: Human engineering.; Work design.

Publishing Addiction Science: a guide for the perplexed, edited by T. Babor et al. London: Ubiquity Press, 2017. This is an open access book. Download or read a free copy online; DOI:

Rare Earth Frontiers : From Terrestrial Subsoils to Lunar Landscapes by Julie Klinger. Cornell University Press, 2018. Access a free edition of this book here. Subject: Lunar mining.; Rare earth metals -- Political aspects.; Rare earth metals -- Social aspects.

Reinforcement Learning: An Introduction by Richard S. Sutton and Andrew G. Barto. MIT Press, 2018. This book can be read online for free. Subject: Reinforcement learning.

The Scientific Revolution Revisited, by Mikuláš Teich. Open Edition Press, 2015. Read this open access book on Open Edition.

Seeing the Past with Computers: Experiments with Augmented Reality and Computer Vision for History edited by Kevin Kee and Timothy Compeau. University of Michigan Press, 2019. This is an open access book available to read for free online. Subject: Augmented reality.; Computer vision.; Digital humanities.

Solar power to the people. IOS Press, 2018. This is an open access book available from IOS Press.

Strange Science: Investigating the Limits of Knowledge in the Victorian Age edited by Lara Karpenko and Shalyn Claggett. University of Michigan Press, 2017. Read this book for free at the University of Michigan Press. Subject: Science -- Social aspects -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.; Science -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.

This Could Be Important: my life and times with the artificial intelligentsia by Pamela McCorduck. ETC Press, 2019. This book is open access and be read at ETC Press

Turn on the light on science: A research-based guide to break down popular stereotypes about science and scientists by Antonio Tintori and Rossella Palomba. London: Ubiquity Press, 2017. This is an open access book. Download or read a free copy online; DOI: Subject: Science -- Public opinion.; Science -- Social aspects.; Scientists -- Public opinion.; Stereotypes (Social psychology)

What is Digital Identity? issues, tools, methodology, by Olivier Ertzscheid. Open Edition Press, 2016. Read this open access book on Open Edition.

What is Qualitative Interviewing? by Rosalind Edwards and Janet Holland. Bloomsbury Academic, 2013. Available online as a creative commons publication on Bloomsbury Open Access. Subject: Interviewing.; Qualitative research.

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