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Re: freely accessible journals (coordinated project anyone?) Belvadi, Melissa 13 Nov 2007 22:00 UTC

Hello, all. Folks lately have been posting links to various lists of
freely accessible periodicals here and there, but I haven't been able to
find a single site that is attempting to provide a list that is:
1. comprehensive - all publishers, sources etc. (DOAJ, Highwire, PubMed
Central, PLoS, BMC, etc.)
2. current - up to date information, or at least within a few months
(e.g. someone mentioned a link to a list that hadn't been updated since
3. downloadable in machine-useable (e.g. Excel, .csv, etc.) format
rather than just human-readable html etc.

I want this because I manage my own openurl server and would like to be
able to load (and refresh) this data for our patrons.

Does anyone know of such a site?

Failing that, would anyone be willing to participate with me in
maintaining such a site? I have already done some preliminary work using
Zoho (nice easy web-based interface for sharing data), and I would
handle doing all of the techie stuff, big uploads, etc., but there's
just no way I can personally monitor all of the other sites to manage
the data on an ongoing basis, so I'd need a bunch of volunteers willing
to occasionally update the data on individual titles, add a few as they
find them, etc.

Obviously I don't want to reinvent the wheel, so if someone else is
already doing this somewhere, please let me know about it!

I proposed something like this about a year or so ago at a techie
librarians' conference and got just a few responses then, but if I can
get a critical mass of participation in helping maintain the data, I'd
be happy to provide the technical skills and coordination to make it a

Or, if anyone has any tips as to how I might apply for a grant to
actually fund this project, I'd love to hear about that option, too.
I've never had anything to do with grants before.

Melissa Belvadi
Systems and Services Librarian
Maryville University
650 Maryville University Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63141
ph: 314-529-9531
fax: 314-529-9941