Contents: Abstracts, Citations, full text, journals
Access Level: Free, Open Access, Open Access Journals
Descriptions: In 2003, a nonprofit scientific and medical publishing venture was launched that provides scientists and physicians with high-quality, high-profile journals in which to publish their most important work. Under the open access model, authors bear the cost of publication and PLoS journal articles are immediately available online, with no charge for access on the reader's part, and no restrictions on subsequent redistribution or use, except that that the author and work must be cited as specified under the conditions of the work's Creative Commons Attribution License. PLOS publishes a suite of journals accessible here, and also presents an interesting and wide selection of "Collections" of published articles grouped by topic.
Keywords: open access publishing, scholarly publishing, sciences
Contents: Abstracts, blog, E-books, full text, images, links, meetings/symposia, multiple databases, video
Access Level: Free, Open Access
Descriptions: Frontiers was launched in 2007 by scientists from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in a grassroots initiative. Frontiers is an open-access, scholarly, primarily scientific publisher, producing 26 community-driven journals with growing impact factors, and with more than 25,000 high-impact researchers on its editorial boards. Frontiers is notable for a democratic system of peer review, the details of which can be examined under the "About" section. Authors with accepted articles who demonstrably cannot bear the cost of publication can apply to the Frontiers Research Foundation for a grant to waive some or all author fees. Waivers are dependent on the World Bank economic status of the author's country. Many video lectures are posted in a keyword-searchable, subject-browse interface. Read abstracts of about 180 downloadable e-books, which can be purchased for a negligible fee. The Frontiers Community part of the site is home to an image bank, an international conference/events schedule, a blogging platform with numerous active blogs, and a jobs board. Authors, editors and reviewers come from prestigious institutions worldwide, many of them from the Texas Medical Center. To participate in the networking components, Frontiers Research Network and Frontiers Community, complete the free online registration form. Maintain contact and receive alerts via almost any social networking tool or via RSS feed. Many TMC researchers participate.
Keywords: biomedical research, engineering, medicine, multidisciplinary, neuroscience, open access publishing, physical sciences, sciences