Have you ever googled the title of an article and found you were able to get the full-text? Conversely, have you ever googled the title of an article only to find the publisher of the journal asking for your credit card?
Most likely, the free article came from an open-access journal or repository.
Not to be confused with subscription-based journals and databases, open access calls for publicly funded research to be made freely accessible online, immediately after publication.
October 14, 2008 is the first ever open access day. The celebration serves to broaden awareness and understanding of the Open Access movement.
A list of some open access publishers and publications specific to dentistry follows:
BMC Oral Health: an open access journal publishing original peer-reviewed research articles in all aspects of the prevention, diagnosis and management of disorders of the mouth, teeth and gums, as well as related molecular genetics, pathophysiology, and epidemiology.
DOAJ /Dentistry- Directory of Open Access Journals – for Dentistry
Click here for more information on open access, and how you can promote the movement.