Freely accessible social science journals

That’s the name. Can anyone point me to a website or other information about the fine people/wonderful institution who/that put(s) out “Freely accessible social science journals”?

Back story: I wanted to reference a Wayne Wiegand article in the prologue I’m writing for the massive Library 2.0 and “Library 2.0” essay. I thought, “Wonder if Mountain View Public Library’s interface to its online databases has fixed the old problem–requring an explicit proxy setting that interfered with some other websites? And, if so, wonder whether American Libraries is in one of their databases?”

The answers were yes and yes: Now the interface works beautifully once given my library card number, and at least two of the databases (Expanded Academic Index ASAP and InfoTrac OneFile) include American Libraries. Within minutes, I’d verified the entry, cut-and-pasted (with modifications) the citation into the essay I was working on, and reread the article to refresh my memory.

So, what the heck, I did an ego search. Remarkable. With a straight author search, 230-odd in one, 240-odd in the other. Who woulda thought? (I tried an “about” search indirectly, first by doing a keyword search, yielding 400+ items, then by doing that keyword NOT that author. Which yielded, I think, 50 or so reviews of my books. Something wrong there, but not to worry.)

And, just for comparison, I searched Mountain View’s online catalog, since I thought the library had one or two of my books. Whoops: Zero result (I guess they must have weeded them)–but there’s the “Link+” button, to search that large and remarkable set of cooperating California public and academic libraries who will do fast loans to other libraries within the group. Wow: 19 items, admittedly with some repetition (I haven’t published 19 books); book covers for the three most recent (thanks, ALA Editions)…and, glory be, an entry for Cites & Insights

San Diego State has the ejournal in its online catalog (and thus in Link+, as do three other libraries in the group). “More information” shows that it’s available via “Freely Accessible Social Science Journals.”

So, I wonder, who produces that database or list? I owe them thanks, obviously, and I certainly appreciate their somewhat casual definition of “journal.”

But here’s the thing: neither Google nor Yahoo! nor MSN Search lead me to a website for whoever produces this particular directory. There are plenty of links, but they’re all either to journals that are linked to from places using the directory, or to sources such as SerialsSolutions’ RFQ, which includes that directory and several other “Freely accessible” directories within its set of options.

Anyone have a pointer? Or just know these folks and want to pass along my thanks?

5 Responses to “Freely accessible social science journals”

  1. jessamyn says:

    There’s a whole list of these that I see from time to time. Serials Solution has a whole list of these free sources in the section of their website devited to the databases they offer

    AERA SIG Communication of Research
    Freely Accessible Science Journals
    Australasian Legal Information Institute Journals
    Freely Accessible Social Science Journals
    Bioline International
    Highwire Press (Free Journals)
    Cell Press Free Archives
    Hong Kong Journals Online
    Core Historical Literature of Agriculture
    Making of America Journals (Cornell)
    Digital Library of the Commons
    Making of America Journals (Michigan)
    Directory of Open Access Journals
    Free IngentaConnect Backfiles
    PERSEE – Portail de revues scientifiques en sciences humaines et sociales
    Freely Accessible Arts & Humanities Journals
    Public Library of Science (PLoS)
    Freely Accessible Business Journals
    PubMed Central
    Freely Accessible General Interest Journals
    Freely Accessible Journals
    SORA – Searchable Ornithological Research Archive
    Freely Accessible Pre-print Services
    U.S. Government Documents

  2. Lisa Hinchliffe says:

    I’m guessing that it is a list that Serials Solutions itself has created within its system by massaging various lists of free resources into broad subject categories (I note there are 7 “Freely Accessible xxx” lists offered in Serials Solutions.

  3. Anne Prestamo says:

    Serials Solutions uses the category designation “Freely Accessible Social Science Journals” and tracks titles and coverage dates for the journals assigned to the category.

  4. walt says:

    Thanks all!

    I’m not sure why all three comments were held for moderation, but they were. Sometimes WP moderation is a mystery. In any case, that’s why all three responses show up at once: It’s the first time I’ve been on the PC since creating that post.

  5. WoW!ter says:

    A list missed so far in the response is Jan Szczepanski list of OA Journals. Peter Suber blogged a couple of times on this list. It is certainly worthwhile to check it out. The following link gives a couple of pointers