What is Peer Reviewed?
Journals published by professional associations or a university press will have a panel of scholars who evaluate articles submitted for publication. In other words, these editorial panels are comprised of the author's peers. If approved for publication the panel has agreed the article will advance the thinking within the discipline.
Peer-reviewed journals are also called scholarly or refereed (as opposed to popular and trade journals).
What is Open Access?
Open access journals are scholarly journals that are available online to the reader "without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself."
-Peter Suber, Earlham College
For more information on Open Access visit:
Budapest Open Access Initiative
Open Access Journals and Directories
Directory of Open Access Journals
Over 5000 journals are now included in the directory with over 2000 searchable at the article level; browse by journal title or content subject.
Authoritative directory of academic open access repositories; developed and maintained by the University of Nottingham.
Public Library of Science Journals
PLoS publishes seven peer-reviewed open-access journals: PLoS Computational Biology; PLoS Genetics; PLoS Pathogens; PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases; PLoS Medicine; PLoS Biology; and PLoS ONE (all areas of science and medicine).
Peer-Reviewed Open Access Journals
Compiled by the University of Colorado at Boulder; listed by subject matter.
Searches over 3,600 ejournals in the arts & humanities.
Browse by publisher, title or subject; can limit search to peer-reviewed only.