All of the journals at MIT Library are in electronic format. This means MIT students and staff can access them from home, without needing to come onto campus.
Most journals are provided by databases, such as EBSCOHost, IEEEXplore, or Emerald Insight. In order to access the databases, MIT Library uses a service called EZProxy, which authenticates users as MIT staff or students. To log in to EZProxy, use your MIT Moodle username and password.
Article: a document that contains research that is published in a journal.
Closed-access: traditional publishing model for research, where users pay for access, either per article, or via a database.
Database: a website that provides access to journals and articles, usually on a subscription basis.
Journal: a collection of research articles, commentaries, and letters, published at regular intervals. Journals are usually focused on a specific field or discipline, and are edited by experts in that field. One to think about journals is highly-focused, well-researched magazines for an academic audience.
Open-access: research that is freely available. There are several different standards and levels.
Pre-print: a researcher's manuscript that has not been formally published in a journal.
Publisher: the business that handles the collation, formatting, printing, and distribution of the journal. Some journals do this themselves, or work as part of a consortium to self-publish, but the majority is handled by several large publishing companies.
This is a useful list of websites that host freely available and open access articles. MIT Library provides these links to you, but in no way controls or has any ownership over the contents on the linked websites. Please use caution and critical thinking skills when visiting these sites.
Pre-print self-deposit site for researchers in physics, mathematics, computer science, statistics, electrical engineering, and more.
Directory of Open Access Journals
This community-run directory provides further links to open access research across many disciplines
One of the world's most well-respected open-access publishers, PLOS (Public Library of Science) publishes research in a broad array of topics and disciplines.
Social Science Research Network
Covers business, physical science, law, and many other disciplines.