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Open access journals

Open access literature is defined as "digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions."  Advocates of open access believe that the results of research - especially funded by taxpayers - should be made freely available to the public.  Open access journals are predominantly scholarly journals (the research has gone through the peer-review process).

Open access journals in geography may be found through:

  • The Public Library of Science
  • BioMed Central
  • PubMed Central
  • Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Open J-Gate

Finding journals & journal articles in geography

Journal Titles (also accessed from the tab on the library home page) helps you to: 

  • identify which journal titles are available at UR
  • identify which titles are in print or can be accessed as e-journals
  • access the e-journals through UR subscription links *
  • connect to the catalog to find "holdings" information for print titles (which volumes/years that UR owns)
  • find UR journals by subject 

* Most UR subscriptions must be accessed through the Journal Locator links and not by going directly to the journal's website.  Most subscriptions are also verified by IP identification - you must access UR e-journals from the campus network or through the proxy server.

Some publishers "embargo" their most recent issues so that you may only be able to electronically access articles published 1-2 years earlier.

Top 25 journals in geography available at UR (listed by impact factor*)

   Global ecology and biogeography  5.304
   Journal of biogeography  4.566
   Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers  3.967
   Progress in human geography  3.482
   Progress in physical geography  3.014
   Economic geography  2.968
   Journal of economic geography  2.932
   Annals of the Association of American Geographers  2.679
   Geographical analysis  2.564
   Antipode  2.506
   Landscape ecology  2.453
   Political geography  2.295
   Boreas  2.227
   Photogrammetric engineering and remote sensing  1.846
   Area  1.780
   Earth surface processes and landforms  1.716
   Professional geographer  1.714
   Applied geographer  1.70
   Geographical journal  1.638
   International journal of geographical information science  1.596
   Social and cultural geography  1.484
   Photogrammetric record  1.417
   International journal of urban and regional research  1.299 
   Arctic  1.264
* Use the Web of Science's Journal Citation Reports to evaluate a journal's research importance by its citation impact factor.

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