Open Access online research links

This is a collection of free, almost-free and sometimes-free websites that publish peer-reviewed articles and studies that relate to education, learning, web technology and the online world.

Many of these links were found in posts from Online Learning Update, which also exists here.  Some links were found via the Directory of Open Access Journals.  This list will be updated when additional resources are found, and readers are encouraged to add suggestions in the comments.


Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education ( CITE )

“Established with funding from a U.S. Department of Education … grant, CITE Journal makes possible the inclusion of sound, animated images, and simulation, as well as allowing for ongoing, immediate dialog about theoretical issues.”

The European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning ( EURODL )

“an online journal on distance and e-learning, publishes the accounts of research, development and teaching” “free to readers and contributes to the Open Content movement.”

International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning ( IJ-SoTL )

“an open, peer-reviewed, international electronic journal published twice a year by the Center for Excellence in Teaching at Georgia Southern University to be an international vehicle for articles, essays, and discussions about the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) and its applications in higher/tertiary education today.”

The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning ( IRRODL )

“a refereed, open access e-journal that aims to disseminate research, theory, and best practice in open and distance learning worldwide. IRRODL is available free of charge to anyone with access to the Internet.” (Focus and Scope)

Journal of Educational Technology & Society ( JET&S )

“seeks academic articles on the issues affecting the developers of educational systems and educators who implement and manage such systems.”

Journal of Information Technology Education ( JITE )

articles “appear online free of charge. This arrangement provides authors with the widest possible readership while ensuring that their papers are fully accepted as bona fide.”

Journal of Interactive Online Learning ( JIOL )

an online publication of the Virtual Center for Online Learning Research, and a joint effort of The University of Alabama, The University of Idaho, Miami University, and the University of Texas at Tyler.”

Journal of Literacy and Technology ( JLT )

“an online peer-reviewed international academic journal exploring the complex relationship between literacy and technology in educational, workplace, public, and individual spheres.”

Journal of Online Learning and Teaching ( JOLT )

“a free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students of higher education.”  “a peer-reviewed, online publication addressing the scholarly use of multimedia resources in education.”

The Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration ( OJDLA )

“a peer-reviewed electronic journal offered free each quarter over the World Wide Web. … with specific focus or implications for the management of distance education programs.”

Almost Free:

Innovate ( Innovate )

“an open-access, peer-reviewed, online periodical” that “focuses on the creative use of information technology to enhance education and training in academic, commercial, and governmental settings.” “Subscriptions to Innovate are free, but we do ask subscribers to provide demographic information.”

International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning ( iJET )

“This journal provides open access to all of it content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.” (Open Access Policy)

Registration sometimes required. “This registration will result in the reader receiving the Table of Contents by email for each new issue of the journal. This list also allows the journal to claim a certain level of support or readership.” (Information For Readers)

Sometimes Free:

Education and Information Technology Library  ( Ed/ITLib )

“peer-reviewed and published articles and papers on the latest research, developments, and applications related to all aspects of Educational Technology and E-Learning.”  (subscription sometimes required)

Education Research Information Center  ( ERIC )

“ERIC appreciates the individuals and publishers who have given ERIC permission to display the full text at no charge. For most materials from 2004 forward, if full text is not available in ERIC, links to the publishers’ Web sites and to libraries that may have the full text are provided.” (About)


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