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The magazines and journals listed below allow free access to the complete text of some or all of the articles in selected issues--usually issues published fairly recently. The publications below do not require any sort of registration in order to access the full text; journals and other services that do require registration in order to access full text content--even if the registration is free--are not listed.

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Research-oriented/scholarly journals:

Directory of Open Access Journals (Lund University Libraries, Sweden)
A searchable directory that provides access to 1300+ peer-reviewed scholarly/primary journals covering many areas in the sciences (as well as areas in the humanities and social sciences). All of these journals use the Open Access model of publication.

HighWire Press (Stanford University)
Includes the complete or partial full text of 150+ journals in Biology, Chemistry, Medicine, Neuroscience, Plant Science, Psychiatry, etc.; coverage varies by title but is generally from mid to late 1990's until the last 1-2 years.

Astrophysics Data System -- Proceedings Service (NASA/Harvard)
Includes the full text of the proceedings of 59 major astronomy and astrophysics organizations and conferences; coverage varies widely by organization or conference; the most current proceedings for the organizations are usually not available.

Astrophysics Data System -- Scanned Bulletins and Observatory Publications Service (NASA/Harvard)
Scanned images of the text from 20+ bulletins and other publications from astronomical observatories and societies located worldwide. Coverage varies widely by each publication; the most current issues of each publication are not available.

Astrophysics Data System -- Scanned Historical Literature Service (NASA/Harvard)
Scanned images of the text of 50+ classic astronomy and astrophysics serial publications from observatories and societies worldwide. At present, the full text available depends upon the specific publication and roughly covers the early to mid 1800's to the mid 1900's.

Astrophysics Data System -- Scanned Journals Service (NASA/Harvard)
Includes the full text of 35 major astronomy and astrophysics journals; coverage varies widely by journal; the most current articles for each journal are not available.

BioMed Central
The complete full text of 160+ Science-related journals from 2000/2001-present covering subject areas ranging from Biochemistry, Biotechnology, and Cancer to Plant Biology, Public health, and Women's health.

Central Open Access Reference Library--Geosciences (Copernicus Gesellschaft)
Some or complete full text access to several journals and proceedings in the Geosciences; journals available include:

Advances in Geosciences
Annales Geophysicae
Atmospheric Chemistry & Physics
Atmospheric Chemistry & Physics Discussion
Hydrology and Earth System Sciences
Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences
Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics
Stephan Mueller Special Publication Series

FAO Corporate Document Repository (Food and Agriculture Organization, United Nations)
A diverse collection of publications--books, meeting documents, journal articles, etc.--related to food and agriculture that extends back into the 1970's.

J-STAGE (Japan Science and Technology Information Aggregator, Electronic; Japan Science and Technology Agency)
The full text of dozens of scientific journals published in Japan. Coverage depends upon the individual journal, but the contents of most journals are available from the mid to late 1990's to present. Articles are often available in English though some are only available in Japanese.

National Sea Grant Library (description; University of Rhode Island)
Documents covering a wide variety of subjects, including oceanography, marine education, aquaculture, fisheries, limnology, coastal zone management, marine recreation and law; the full text of some of these documents--extending back into the 1970's--is available online.

PubMed Central
A digital archive of life sciences journal literature that currently includes full text access to 50+ journals plus all the journals also available through BioMed Central; coverage varies by title but is generally from the late 1990's until the most current 6 months.

SciELO (Scientific Electronic Library Online -- description)
Access to the full text of articles from 100+ scientific journals published in Latin American and Caribbean countries; the text may be in English, Spanish, or Portuguese; coverage varies by title but can extend from 1995-present. The arrangement of the site includes national and thematic collections of journals including --

Costa Rica
Public Health

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Individual research-oriented/scholarly journals not found in the collections above:

American Journal of Human Genetics (June 1997-the latest 6 months)
Published by the University of Chicago Press for the American Society of Human Genetics.

American Journal of Roentgenology (2000-latest 2 years)
Published by the American Roentgen Ray Society, the journal covers research in radiology and allied sciences.

The Asian Journal of Mathematics (1997-present)
A journal that aims to stimulate mathematical research in the Asian region. It publishes original research papers and survey articles on all areas of pure mathematics and theoretical applied mathematics; published by The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong.

Biochemical Journal (1996-the latest 1 year)
Published by Portland Press, Biochemical Journal covers all aspects of biochemistry, and cell and molecular biology.

Biochemical Society Transactions (1995-the latest 1 year)
Published by Portland Press on behalf of the Biochemical Society.

Biokhimiya/Biochemistry (Moscow) (selected full text available back to 1996; more extensive full text available from 1999-present)
The leading Russian scientific journal in the fields of biochemistry and biochemical aspects of molecular biology, bio-organic chemistry, microbiology, immunology, physiology, and biomedical sciences; translated and published by the International Academic Publishing Company "Nauka/Interperiodica".

Cell Growth & Differentiation (1999-September 2002)
Published by the American Association of Cancer Research, this journal changed its title--as of October 2002--to Molecular Cancer Research.

Clinical Infectious Diseases (June 1997-latest 1 year)
Sponsored by The Infectious Diseases Society of America, this journal publishes state-of-the-art clinical articles, including those in microbiology; a regular AIDS/TB Commentary; sections covering medical and legal issues and managed care symposia; time-saving review articles, which survey the growing body of research literature in a specific area or on a group of related topics; and thematic studies on central topics in infectious disease research.

The Condor: An International Journal of Avian Biology (1899-2000)
The quarterly journal of the Cooper Ornithological Society.

European Journal of Endocrinology (1997-2000 plus review articles, invited commentaries, and highlights published from 1999-present)
Published by BioScientifica, the journal publishes original research papers, reviews, short communications and case reports within clinical and experimental endocrinology.

European Physical Journal A: Hadrons and Nuclei (1998-present)
Published by EDP Sciences, a journal covering nuclear structure and reactions, heavy-ion physics, Hadron physics, and interdisciplinary topics.

European Physical Journal B: Condensed Matter Physics (1998-present)
Published by EDP Sciences, a journal covering solid and condensed state physics, statistical and nonlinear physics, statistical physics and biological information, mesoscopic physics, surfaces and interfaces, hydrodynamics, and interdisciplinary physics.

European Physical Journal C: Particles and Fields (1998-present)
Published by EDP Sciences, a journal covering experimental physics and theoretical physics.

European Physical Journal D: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (1998-present)
Published by EDP Sciences, a journal covering atomic physics, molecular physics and chemical physics, clusters and nanostructures, plasma physics, laser cooling and quantum gas, nonlinear dynamics, optical physics, quantum optics and quantum information, and ultraintense and ultrashort laser fields.

European Physical Journal E: Soft Matter (2000-present)
Published by EDP Sciences, a journal covering biological aspects, colloids, functional materials, granular matter, liquid crystals, polymers, supramolecular assemblies, and surfaces and interfaces.

Experimental Mathematics (1992-present)
A journal devoted to experimental aspects of mathematics research. It publishes formal results inspired by experimentation, conjectures suggested by experiments, descriptions of algorithms and software for mathematical exploration, surveys of areas of mathematics from the experimental point of view, and general articles of interest to the community. Published by A K Peters, Ltd. (Massachusetts, USA).

Family Practice Management (March 1997-present with some full text back to April 1996)
Published by the American Academy of Family Physicians; for information about the nonclinical aspects of family practice.

Funkcialaj Ekvacioj [International Series] (1958-1996)
Published by the Division of Functional Equations, The Mathematical Society of Japan, the journal publishes original articles concerning the study of functional equations and related topics.

Geochemical Transactions (2000-2003)
An online journal covering all aspects of chemistry as it relates to materials and processes occurring in the Earth's aquasphere and geosphere; published from 2000-2003 by the Royal Society of Chemistry (United Kingdom).

Geometry and Topology (1997-present)
Geometry and Topology is a fully refereed international journal dealing with all aspects of geometry and topology and their applications; the journal is published by Geometry & Topology Publications (GTP) ... based in the Mathematics Department of the University of Warwick at Coventry, UK.

Internet Mathematics (2003-present)
A journal devoted to mathematical aspects of managing large databases such as the Internet; published by A K Peters, Ltd. (Massachusetts, USA).

Issues in Science and Technology (Fall 1996-present)
Published by the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and the Cecil and Ida Green Center for the Study of Science and Society at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Journal of Infectious Diseases (April 1997-latest 1 year)
Sponsored by The Infectious Diseases Society of America, the journal covers original research on the pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases; on the microbes that cause them; and on disorders of host immune mechanisms. Articles in JID include research results from microbiology, immunology, epidemiology, and related disciplines.

Journal of Range Management (1948-1998)
Published by The Society for Range Management; the Journal of Range Management serves as a forum for the presentation and discussion of facts, ideas, and philosophies pertaining to the study, management, and use of rangelands and their several resources.

Journal of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering (1999-present)
Published by the International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology in Iran, this is ... a quarterly journal that provides a forum for the publication of original papers in four general areas of Structural Earthquake Engineering, Seismology, Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, and Seismotectonics.

Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS (2004-present)
Managed and published by the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa, the journal endeavors to generate new social science evidence for prevention, care and impact mitigation of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Maize Genetics Cooperation Newsletter (1977-present)
Published by the University of Missouri--Columbia (USA) and the United States Department of Agriculture.

Statistica Sinica (1991-latest 1 year)
Sponsored by the Institute of Statistical Science, Academia Sinica, and the International Chinese Statistical Association and based in Taiwan, this journal publishes original work in all areas of statistics and probability, including theory, methods and applications.

Tree Physiology (November 1994-1999)
A forestry journal from Heron Publishing--an international botanical journal.

The Wilson Bulletin (1889-1999)
The quarterly journal of the Wilson Ornithological Society.

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