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All papers are listed, and can be searched for freely online, in NIH PubMed which in most cases includes the paper abstract. There are also a number of different commercial databases used by some Universities to access research papers.

There are then varied access to the full papers, based upon where and how you are accessing the internet and the Journal policy. If accessing through a University or other institution site with a Journal subscription, often the full papers are available. Alternatively the following options are generally available.

  1. Some Journals, like Public Library of Science (PLoS), Public Library of Medicine (PLoM) and Biomed Central (BMC) offer full free access to the many journal articles published.
  2. Other Journals offer free access to older archived issues and limited access to the current issue.
  3. Still other Journals have access only through subscription or individual paper online purchase.

Electronic versions of papers are usually available as Acrobat documents (PDF) and may also be available as HTML.

Editor comment
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While I strongly support and advocate the "open access" model of scientific publication, for those considering going down this path beware of land mines. Exposed in this recent article discussing publishers who use a distorted "open access" to derive income and damage the very purpose of this concept.


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PLoS Journals

PLoS One

PLoS Biology

PLoS Genetics

Anatomia, Histologia, Embryologia

Anatomia, Histologia, Embryologia is a premier international forum for the latest research on descriptive, applied and clinical anatomy, histology, embryology, and related fields. Special emphasis is placed on the links between animal morphology and veterinary and experimental medicine, consequently studies on clinically relevant species will be given priority. The editors welcome papers on medical imaging and anatomical techniques. The journal is of vital interest to clinicians, zoologists, obstetricians, and researchers working in biotechnology. Contributions include reviews, original research articles, short communications and book reviews.

BMC Journals

BMC Developmental Biology

BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth

Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology

Company of Biologists

Disease Models & Mechanisms (DMM)

"From 2011, all articles will be OPEN ACCESS: available immediately upon publication with unrestricted online access, published under a Creative Commons licence and deposited in PubMed Central for immediate release. "

Biology Open

"This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License ("

Developmental Journals

Developmental Biology

"Developmental Biology publishes original research on mechanisms of development, differentiation, and growth in animals and plants at the molecular, cellular, and genetic levels. Areas of particular emphasis include transcriptional control mechanisms, embryonic patterning, cell-cell interactions, growth factors and signal transduction, and regulatory hierarchies."


Life Science Education

"CBE—Life Sciences Education (CBE-LSE), a free, online quarterly journal, is published by the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB). The journal was launched in spring 2002 as Cell Biology Education—A Journal of Life Science Education. The ASCB changed the name of the journal in spring 2006 to better reflect the breadth of its readership and the scope of its submissions."

The Cell: An Image Library

  • The Cell: An Image Library is a freely accessible, easy-to-search, public repository of reviewed and annotated images, videos, and animations of cells from a variety of organisms, showcasing cell architecture, intracellular functionalities, and both normal and abnormal processes. The purpose of this database is to advance research, education, and training, with the ultimate goal of improving human health.

National Institute of General Medical Sciences

"We offer free publications geared to high school and college students on topics including cell biology, genetics, chemistry, structural biology, computational biology and pharmacology. We encourage you to consider the environment and use our materials in their electronic forms."

Proceedings National Academy of Sciences

Proceedings National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)


Proceedings National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) Liberalization of PNAS copyright policy: Noncommercial use freely allowed Note original Author should be contacted for permission to reuse for Educational purposes. See also PNAS Author Rights and Permission FAQs

Cozzarelli NR, Fulton KR, Sullenberger DM. Liberalization of PNAS copyright policy: noncommercial use freely allowed. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2004 Aug 24;101(34):12399. PMID15314225 "Our guiding principle is that, while PNAS retains copyright, anyone can make noncommercial use of work in PNAS without asking our permission, provided that the original source is cited."

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Open Access

  • Open access: The true cost of science publishing Nature 2013

Open Biology

About Open Biology

All papers are made freely available under an open access model immediately on publication at the Open Biology website and are deposited in PubMed Central on behalf of the author. Under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC by 3.0), authors retain copyright for their article, but allow anyone to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute, and/or copy articles provided the original authors and source are cited.

Oxford Journals Open Access

  • Publication Rights Policies Open Access (OA) is the practice of providing unrestricted access to, and re-use of, journal articles. This is different to free access because of the implications for re-use.
  • Oxford Open
    • Articles will be clearly labelled as open access on the online Table of Contents page. Any users of the electronic table of contents (etocs) will therefore be notified when an open access article is published in the Oxford Open initiative.
    • Green open access - The exact timeframe varies from journal to journal, but the standard for OUP journals is 12 months in medicine and science and 24 months in other areas.
    • Gold open access - make their article freely accessible immediately upon publication.
    • Please go ahead with the use ensuring that a full acknowledgment is made to the original source of the material including the journal name, volume, issue, page numbers, year of publication, title of article and to Oxford University Press and/or the learned society.


Dovepress Open Access - Articles published under this arrangement are made freely available online upon publication without subscription barriers to access. Users of such published articles are entitled to use, reproduce, disseminate, or display these articles provided that: The original authorship is properly and fully attributed; The journal and publisher are attributed as the original place of publication with correct citation details given; If an original work is subsequently reproduced or disseminated not in its entirety but only in part or as a derivative work this is clearly indicated; No articles are reproduced for commercial use without the prior consent of DMP and payment to DMP of any appropriate fee. Rights of Authors, Readers and the Publisher

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  1. Beall J. (2012). Predatory publishers are corrupting open access. Nature , 489, 179. PMID: 22972258 DOI.