EBSCO & Open Access

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Committed to promoting quality open access research

Open access is changing the landscape of academic research and publishing. Our goal remains the same — to provide researchers access to the best scholarly content available. As more open access journals are being published, and as many journals transition to open access, these titles are considered for inclusion in EBSCO databases.

By indexing and linking to open access journals in EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) and EBSCOhost, researchers get access to essential peer-reviewed research across all subjects. And EBSCO's Open Access eBook Collection provides researchers the ability to access thousands of open access ebook titles across hundreds of topics/subject areas via EBSCOhost or EDS.


Not only does EBSCO support [the Directory of Open Access Journals] with a generous financial donation every year, their EBSCO Discovery Service and EBSCOhost platforms generate a lot more referrals to DOAJ than any other online platform. EBSCO’s strong support of both open access and open source make them unique among library vendors worldwide.

— Lars Bjørnshauge, Managing Director
DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals)

How EBSCO helps researchers find open access content

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Providing abstracting, subject indexing and other metadata for open access journals

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Providing links to open access content from within EBSCO databases, the most familiar research platform  

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Making open access journals searchable alongside traditional journals in EDS and EBSCOhost

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Combating predatory publishers

Predatory open access journals exist. That’s why before including any open access journal in our databases, EBSCO references top citation indexes, such as Web of Science and Scopus, and subject indexes, such as APA PsycInfo and SciFinder, to determine relevance and quality. Our subject matter experts regularly monitor predatory publisher lists and industry information to ensure omission.

We rely on and appreciate alerts to remove deceptive content that may have been added despite our best efforts. Contact us with any concern.

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Open access research data and methods

Code Ocean and protocols.io support researchers from the beginning of a project through publication. They are open access platforms for code, data and methods. Once work is published, there is no requirement for registration or any other barriers to access the public content.

Explore compute capsules on the Code Ocean website

Explore published protocols on the protocols.io website