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Here’s another post relating to tight times and the happy fact that the open source/open access movement continues to simultaneously flourish.

High school librarians will want to share the Directory of Open Access Journals with students and teachers.

This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. We aim to cover all subjects and languages. There are now 4025 journals in the directory. Currently 1448 journals are searchable at article level. As of today 270911 articles are included in the DOAJ service.

I’ll grant you that not everyone will jump up and down over The Bangladesh Journal of Plant Taxonomy, but I know some students who be thrilled to discover Scope: an Online Journal of Film Studiesand ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies.

What is an open access journal? The About section explains:

We define open access journals as journals that use a funding model that does not charge readers or their institutions for access. From the BOAI definition [1] of "open access" we take the right of users to "read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles" as mandatory for a journal to be included in the directory.

The lovely broad subject tree can be broken even further into  into individual links–subheadings and individual links to journals–for your pathfinders:

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Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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