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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 biology may be found through:

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

Locating journals & journal articles in biology

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 10 review journals in biology available at UR (listed by impact factor)

Nature reviews.  Microbiology
Annual review of biochemistry *
Annual review of cell and developmental biology *
Annual review of plant biology *
Annual review of physiology *
Annual review of biophysics and biomolecular structure *
Microbiology and molecular biology reviews
Clinical microbiology reviews
Nature reviews microbiology
Annual review of genetics *

* These review journals are available online through:

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

   Physiological reviews
   Nature genetics
   Nature medicine
   Nature reviews.  Genetics
   Nature cell biology
   Cell stem cell
   Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History
   Cell metabolism
   Nature chemical biology
   Nature reviews.  Microbiology
   Trends in biochemical sciences
   Genes and development
   Trends in cell biology
   Molecular cell
   Developmental cell
   PLoS biology
   Current opinion in cell biology
   Molecular psychiatry
   Molecular systems biology
   Trends in ecology and evolution
   Nature structural and molecular biology
   Current biology
   Genome research
   American journal of human genetics

* 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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