You’re racing the clock to finish the funding proposal for your next project when you realise you need a current, peer-reviewed scholarly research article to strengthen your claims. Like most people, you probably turn to Google. You find the abstract of an article that looks perfect, but to your frustration, the full-text version is firmly hidden behind a paywall or only available to members of a distant library. You’re almost ready to give up – but don’t quit just yet.

Open access journals may hold the answer you are looking for. Not too many years ago, publishers of quality academic journals guarded their publications closely, but with the rise of the internet came a groundswell of change in the way research is made available. Open access is still a relatively new idea, but it means that robust, quality information is becoming more widely available via the internet without the traditional restrictions on its use. You just need to know where to look.

Open access journals are now available in most disciplines. Today we highlight some of the health and medical open access sites that we’ve found particularly useful, all with easy to access, high quality full-text research articles from reputable publishers.

Annals of Family Medicine – a collaborative effort by several organisations dedicated to advancing knowledge of health and primary care.
Australian Prescriber – an independent journal with critical commentary on drugs and therapeutics.
Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine – the journal of the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada.
Electronic Journal of Health Informatics – dedicated to the advancement of health informatics and information technology in healthcare.
Internet Scientific Publications – a comprehensive collection of medical and scientific journals, covering a wide range of topics, disciplines, and specialties.
Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management – evidence-based, practical information for improving health care quality.
MJA Open – Australian information suitable for a general medical audience.
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report – contains data on specific infectious and chronic diseases, environmental hazards, disasters and injuries.
Priory Medical Journals – links to a comprehensive journals list on a range of topics.
The Free Medical Journals Site – one of our favourite sites, with links to hundreds of quality, free medical journals.
Trauma Monthly – international journal covering trauma and emergency medicine.

If you are looking for quick, free and unrestricted access to academic publications and research data, open access journals may be the answer you need.

For more complex queries, an information professional can work with you to provide the specialist information you require, efficiently and quickly. Get in touch to find out how Altitude Information can help you with your research queries and bring you the answers you need.