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Thousands of open access sources
Multidisicplinary, global coverage
Includes journals, dissertations, preprints and more
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Overview

Designed to complement other databases and collections, this multidisciplinary database brings together links to full text for publicly available scholarly content from a number of different sources from around the world, all of which are open access or license-free. It includes content from major subject repositories such as arXiv as well as open access journals. Content includes journal articles, pre-prints, dissertations, conference papers and reports.

It is included as part of ProQuest Central. Customers with other PQIS platform subscription products can also turn it on by request for no additional cost.

Vetted coverage of quality scholarly open access sources

Access and use hundreds of reliable, scholarly open access titles. Potentially problematic publications that are not consistent with ProQuest’s editorial guidelines are excluded.

Easily identify open access content

Open access journals in ProQuest databases have been identified primarily based on inclusion in DOAJ or ROAD. Content from publishers or sources known to be fully publicly available is also included. An Open Access icon will appear in the list of results on the ProQuest platform for any articles in this database (note that for the backfiles of some titles this indicator will not be in place at the launch of the database). Note that individual open access articles in otherwise non-OA journals, and non-scholarly publicly available sources such as government documents and news, are not included.

Cutting-edge thinking

See the latest academic thinking first by accessing thousands of preprints/working papers from arXiv and other collections.

Links to full text when not available in the platform

For many journals the full text articles are fully searchable and presented within the ProQuest platform. Where we do not have the full text inside the platform, there are clear and reliable links direct to the external full text.

Full text available to unauthenticated users

Full text for this publicly available content is not restricted when users link into it via Google Scholar, consistent with its open status.

Link outs to other external open access content from citation records

Although not part of the Publicly Available Content Database as such, together with the release of this database a related enhancement to the platform provides an indicator of OA status and dynamic links to external OA sources based on DOIs in citation records. This helps users locate publicly available full text for OA articles published in journals which are not themselves fully open and do not license the full text of articles to ProQuest.

Global coverage

Over 90% of the content is from outside of North America, with titles from over 70 countries.

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