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Although there are some respectable online publishers such as Biomed Central who charge authors to publish, unfortunately, there are also too many predatory ones and the number seems to be increasing. To my knowledge, none of these listed here are from any of those publishers. See the list of suspect online publishers and list of suspect standalone journals. A blog concerning predatory online publishing Updated October 2, 2015. More information about predatory publishing


Free Nursing Oriented (Open Access)

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Advanced Practice Registered Nurses of Washington State. Archives from 1996 are available.

AHRQ Morbidity and Mortality Rounds on the Web. This is monthly publication of cases submitted by clinicians of errors and near errors. You can register (free) and get notices each month when it is posted. You can read the cases without registering.

Alternative Journal of Nursing.
A holistic journal of nursing that explores the evolution of the nursing profession. No new articles since 2009.

Australian Journal of Nursing Education Online
A completely online journal focusing on nursing education. This journal has not published since April 2002, but the original articles are available, but only if you know your subject. Does not allow browsing of older issues. Current message on their site reads, "Submissions to the journal are no longer accepted. This site is now an archive of past papers for reference."

Biomed Central Nursing. This journal is one of many research journals in Biomed Central. The first article was published in April 2002. Since then there have been, and continue to be, many excellent research articles posted here. However, the authors pay to publish here. If you are concerned about this see (interest/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ScholarlyKitchen+%28The+Scholarly+Kitchen%29)

Canadian Journal of Nursing Informatics. Edited by June Kaminski, this is a peer-reviewed online quarterly journal started in 2006.

Cienca y enfermeria-Revista Iberoamericana de Investigacion. "...the official voice of the Nursing Department at the University of Concepción, Concepción, Chile. Its main mission is to spread knowledge in Nursing and Health, which will scientifically support the praxis over our discipline within the different occupational scopes." Articles on line since June 2002. A few articles have an abstract in English. Spanish versions are available.

Evidence Based Nursing Online. Articles are open access one year after publication. They are a selection from the health related literature reporting studies and reviews that warrant immediate attention by nurses attempting to keep pace with important advances in their profession. These articles are summarized in "value added" abstracts and have comments from clinical experts.

Journal of Hospital Administration. The purpose of the journal is to support the development and dissemination of knowledge in all branches of hospital administration. Not listed in pub med.

Nurse Author & Editor. Aimed at potential authors (and every nurse is one) as well as editors, this journal has some great articles. Requires registration, but that is free.

Online Journal of Issues in Nursing. Completely online journal that addresses issues in nursing such as managed care and nursing languages. Sponsored by the American Nurses Association. Columns are free as soon as posted, articles are available only to ANA members for the first three months after posting, after which they too are free. Started in 1996, this journal posts four new topics a year, plus articles that pertain to topics already posted that provide updates on the topic. Click on topics, and then more to see what is available.

Online Journal of Nursing Informatics. Completely online journal about nursing informatics.

Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care. Completely online. Started publishing in 2002. Sponsored by the Clinical Digital Libraries Project, a research, teaching and service effort of the University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies and the University of North Texas School of Library and Information Sciences.

Open Medicine. Access is free to all, but you must first register. As of August 2009 they are testing a policy whereby articles are posted as wikis and readers can comment. (See for information about this.

Revista Médicas Cubanas. Starting with Volume 11 (1995), articles are available online. Articles in Spanish, but titles are translated to English. Unless you comfortably read Spanish, you may wish to skip this site.

Southern Online Journal of Nursing Research (SOJNR). This research journal is sponsored by the Southern Nursing Research Society. It ceased publication in 2011 as an open journal. Articles still available from 2000 to 2011.

World Wide Wounds: The Electronic Journal of Wound Management Practice. This is not strictly a nursing journal, but there is much of interest here to nurses and one of the Professional Advisors is a nurse.

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Free (open access) e-Books

A list of freely available online nursing textbooks including geriatrics, women's health, orthopedics, and ethics.

This site lists many areas where books that are out of copyright can be accessed. Includes the Gutenberg Project books which has many classics.

Indexing for Online Freely Available Journals

Google Scholar. This site is an offshoot of Google. Its purpose is to provide searching for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research. Not all of its listings link to a full text.

Index for free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals.

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Archive of British Medical Journal articles from 1988 to 2008. Beginning with v.337(7663), July 26, 2008, only those articles funded by NIH or published via the "BMJ Open Access" option are freely available in PMC.

BioMed Central. An open access journal in the biomedical field.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). Provides links to open access journals from many fields including nursing and public health. Click on the plus sign (+) next to subject to select from the topics.{%22query%22:{%22match_all%22:{}}}

Electronic Journal of Health Informatics (eJHI). Open access healthcare informatics journal.

Free Medical Journals. This site has a list of journals that provide some or all open access articles with information about how long after publication the articles are open access.

Human Resources for Health. Publishes research on health workforce policy, the health labour market, health workforce practice, development of knowledge tools and implementation mechanisms nationally and internationally; as well as specific features of the health workforce, such as the impact of management of health workers' performance and its link with health outcomes.

International Journal of Health Geographics. An open access, peer-reviewed, online journal with articles on all aspects of geospatial health and healthcare information systems and science applications from spatial data infrastructure and Web geospatial interoperability research, to research into real-time. Charges authors to publish, however they are a member of, and subscribes to the principles of, the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Journal of Community Informatics. This journal, started in 2004, is published by The Canadian Research Alliance for Community Information and Networking. They publish three issues a year. To read the complete article, you must click on Abstract, then select the full article from that screen.

Journal of Internet Medical Research. A peer-reviewed trans-disciplinary journal on health and health care in the Internet age. Only htlm articles are open access.

PubMed. Although PubMed finds articles that are not open access, if you select the "Limits" tab and check "Links to full free text" the search will produce only those articles that are "open access" to all. To reach the article from the list click on Links opposite the title, click on LINK OUT, and then follow the directions.

Qualitative Report. A online journal from Nova Southeastern University available to anyone.

Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública/Pan American Journal of Public Health (RPSP/PAJPH). All articles have abstracts in English, many also have pdfs in English.

Scientific World Journal. An open access journal covering a wide range of subjects in science, technology, and medicine.

Wikipedia. An open access encyclopedia, not only for readers, but also for writers and editors. Articles are contributed by anyone anywhere on the globe, and can be edited by anyone. A record of the current status is maintained so if someone defaces or otherwise makes objectionable changes the original can be restored with just a click. This has been in operation since January 2001.

 This list is complete to my knowledge. If you know of others or find any on this list to be suspect !

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Created November 25, 2011 Updated October 2, 2015, August 12, 2014

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