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One of the greatest pleasures I’ve found when studying science is conducting research. I can quite happily sit for hours poring through journals, so much so that I often end up going off on a tangent and start researching something completely unconnected to my original query. I enjoy it so much that I usually end up downloading a considerable amount of reference material (I have several thousand journal articles stored – and backed up! – on my computer. The zoological articles are sorted taxonomically in nested folders. I can’t help it!). I have to admit that during my ‘year out’ I missed having access to journals; so it was that I did a few searches and discovered a wealth of open-access journals. It occurred to me some time ago that friends and colleagues on Facebook might also appreciate these resources, so I started a group (‘Open Access Biological Science Journals‘). The list and associated blurb are being re-posted here simply because it is another useful outlet for this resource. I don’t know that all the journals listed comply with the definition of open access given below. I simply don’t have the time to check properly at the moment.


Unless you are wealthy enough to afford membership or have access provided by an institution or organisation, it is unlikely you are able to access much in the way of published research. This group provides links to a number of open-access, peer-reviewed journals covering many of the biological science disciplines.

Open access: We define open access journals as journals that use a funding model that does not charge readers or their institutions for access. From the BOAI definition [1] of “open access” we take the right of users to “read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles” as mandatory for a journal to be included in the directory.

If you are aware of any journals which should be included in this list, please leave a comment. Only peer-reviewed journals will be considered for addition.

:::Publishers & Directories:::

BioMed Central – The Open Access Publisher
http://www.biomedcentral.com/

Directory of open access journals
http://www.doaj.org/doaj?func=subject&cpid=68

Open J-Gate
http://www.openj-gate.com/Search/QuickSearch.aspx

:::Biodiversity:::

Biodiversity Science
http://www.biodiversity-science.net/en/dqml.asp

:::Biology:::

Biharean Biologist
http://biologie-oradea.xhost.ro/BihBiol/index.html

BMC Biology
http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmcbiol

BMC Evolutionary Biology
http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmcevolbiol

BMC Plant Biology
http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmcplantbiol

Check List
http://www.checklist.org.br/

Journal of Biology
http://jbiol.com/

Journal of Cell and Animal Biology
http://www.academicjournals.org/JCAB/index.htm

Journal of Developmental Biology and Tissue Engineering
http://www.academicjournals.org/JDBTE/

Journal of Evolutionary Biology Research
http://www.academicjournals.org/JEBR/index.htm

Our Nature: An International Biological Journal
http://www.nepjol.info/index.php/ON

PLoS Biology
http://www.plosbiology.org/article/browse.action;jsessionid=429F995E8C2D4EEBDDCA7C05A2798246

Wildlife Biology in Practice
http://www.socpvs.org/journals/index.php/wbp

:::Diseases:::

Journal of Vector Ecology
http://www.sove.org/Journal/Journal.html

Journal of Wildlife Diseases
http://www.jwildlifedis.org/

:::Ecology:::

BMC Ecology
http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmcecol

New Zealand Journal of Ecology
http://www.nzes.org.nz/nzje

Tropical Natural History
http://www.biology.sc.chula.ac.th/TNH/index.html

:::General Biological Science & Conservation:::

Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy
http://www.ria.ie/publications/journals/journaldb/index.asp?select=journal&id=100007

Caribbean Journal of Science
http://www.caribjsci.org/

Koedoe – African Protected Area Conservation and Science
http://www.koedoe.co.za/index.php/koedoe

Madagascar Wildlife Conservation
http://www.mwc-info.net/en/services/journal.htm

Tropical Conservation Science
http://tropicalconservationscience.mongabay.com/

Urban Habitats
http://www.urbanhabitats.org/

:::Zoology:::

Acta Herpetologica
http://ejour-fup.unifi.it/index.php/ah/index

Arthropod Sytematics & Phylogeny
http://www.arthropod-systematics.de/

Asian Journal of Animal Sciences
http://scialert.net/jindex.php?issn=1819-1878

Asiatic Herpetological Research
http://www.asiatic-herpetological.org/home.htm

Avian Conservation and Ecology
http://www.ace-eco.org/

Bird Populations Journal
http://www.birdpop.org/birdpop.htm

Chelonian Conservation
http://www.openj-gate.com/Browse/ArticleList.aspx?Journal_id=123286

Contributions to Zoology
http://dpc.uba.uva.nl/ctz

Current Zoology
http://www.currentzoology.org/contentstable.asp

Endangered Species Research
http://www.int-res.com/journals/esr/esr-home

Herpetological Conservation and Biology
http://www.herpconbio.org/

Herpetology Notes
http://www.seh-herpetology.org/herpetologynotes/index.html

International Journal of Zoological Research
http://scialert.net/jindex.php?issn=1811-9778

International Varanid Interest Group
http://varanidae.org/biawak

Japanese Journal of Applied Entomology and Zoology
http://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/browse/jjaez

Journal of Insect Science
http://insectscience.org/

Journal of Threatened Taxa
http://threatenedtaxa.org/

Marine Ornithology
http://www.marineornithology.org/

Neotropical Ichthyology
http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?pid=1679-6225&script=sci_serial

North-Western Journal of Zoology
http://herp-or.uv.ro/nwjz/

Open Journal of Zoology
http://www.bentham.org/open/tozj/openaccess2.htm

Open Ornithology Journal
http://www.bentham.org/open/tooenij/openaccess2.htm

Ornithological Science
http://www.soc.nii.ac.jp/osj/japanese/katsudo/Journal_E/Ornithol_Sci_top.html

Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research
http://rmbr.nus.edu.sg/rbz/journal.php

Journal of Entomology
http://scialert.net/jindex.php?issn=1812-5670

ZooKeys
http://pensoftonline.net/zookeys/index.php/journal/index

Zoological Research
http://www.bioline.org.br/zr

Zoological Studies
http://zoolstud.sinica.edu.tw/

Zootecnia Tropical
http://www.bioline.org.br/zt


[1] http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/boaifaq.htm#openaccess
(from http://www.doaj.org/doaj?func=loadTempl&templ=about)