Sunday, April 23, 2017

Open Access Journals for Psychology Researchers

(Originally posted on Saturday, December 19, 2015 at - )

Can't afford to pay expensive online academic journals? Well that's so common problem, thanks to the conscientious men and women who thought of OPEN ACCESS so we now have answer to this perennial problem. 

Should you find a study from a paywall journal  but could not afford it, your  best option is to try contact/email the author/s directly. Most of them are very generous to share their research works/articles. So when you use/cite their works be sure to provide them copy of your search out put as well. Citing their work increases their credibility in their field.

If you do not have money to pay for those expensive journals (at least US $29-40/title) or your school is not subscribing to any of those online journals then maximize the availability of open source journals instead. If the study is not readily downloadable then try asking author/s a copy of their works. 

Enjoy your research and make your research output useful for humanity.

Caveat - if you notice that some of the journal links provided are questionable and predatory in nature, do point them out and make your comment below. 

We have so far found two online journals in the country (should you know other local libraries with online link/site inform us to include here): 

Pambansang Samahan sa Sikolohiyang Pilipino (PSSP)

U.P. Diliman Journals Online

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Other links of Open Access Psychology Journals:,p2443,3.html

Routledge Behavioral Science Open Access collection:

Cognitive Psychology Open Access

Mental Health Open Access

Neuroscience & Neuropsychology Open Access

Psychology Open Access

Psychotherapy & Counselling Open Access

Sexuality & Sexual Health Open Access

The Depression collection

Alternative Therapies

Mindfulness 2015

#WMHD Dignity in Mental Health

Counseling and Psychotherapy


Journal of Psychology & Psychotherapy Open Access, Official Journal of Psychology and Psychiatry for Adults & Children Association
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A few additional methods:

PubMed Central (PMC) is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine. 4.3 million articles currently archived.
PLOS (for Public Library of Science) is a nonprofit open access scientific publishing project aimed at creating a library of open access journals and other scientific literature.
CiteSeerX is a public search engine and digital library and repository for scientific and academic papers primarily with a focus on computer and information science.
Reddit Scholar is a place where you can request papers.
* Wikipedia has a (small) list of Open Access journals.

Also, Hinari provides free or very low cost online access to some journals in biomedical and related social sciences to local, not-for-profit institutions in developing countries.

Related and new: the Initiative for Open Citations I4OC is a collaboration between scholarly publishers, researchers, and other interested parties to promote the unrestricted availability of scholarly citation data.
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