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Tool allows open-access search

New directory lets users search and retrieve articles from about 270 open-access journals

Stephen Pincock(Stephen@thescientisteurope.com)

Sweden's Lund University said on Thursday (June 3) that it had launched a new online facility that allows users to search for and retrieve articles from open-access (OA) journals.

The development is an extension of the university's Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), which aims to promote the use and impact of journals that do not charge users to access articles. At present, 276 of the 1100 journals listed on the directory are searchable by article. About 80 of those are in the medicine, biology, and life sciences categories.

"The new DOAJ service is the first time we've been able to search open-access journals at the article level, across multiple publishers, and limit our searches to open-access journals," US OA advocate Peter Suber, from Earlham College in Richmond, Ind., told The Scientist. "Previously, we've been able to search the OA journals of a single publisher, search across publishers...

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