Open Access has made it possible gain access to high quality, peer-reviewed scientific research and information without the prohibitive cost associated with many subscription resources.
Open Access Week was just observed October 22-28 and resulted in the sharing of many useful resources. We came across Matthew Von Hendy's blog post "Open Access Science Resources" and wanted to highlight five of his suggestions.
- Science Gov: www.science.gov is a government website allowing users to search over 50 U.S. government science-related databases and websites. Science.gov websites improvements were the subject of a recent AquaLog post, available here.
- WorldWideScience.org: www.worldwidescience.org/about.html offers a federated search that covers national and international government science resources.
- Public Library of Science : www.plos.org publishes seven high quality peer-reviewed open access journals.
- Toxnet: www.toxnet.nlm.nih.gov Offers access to the United States National Library of Medicine databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health and toxic releases.
- DOE Information Systems: www.scienceaccelerator.gov offers a federated search covering Department of Energy related research, articles and conference proceedings.
Open Access Week information here