Online Open Access Journals & Scholarly Paper Collections

Compiled by Susan Hawes, PhD for the Clinical Psychology Department, Antioch University New England.

  • Action Research Electronic Reader
    “Action research is a tool to change society and generate knowledge, which at its best is emancipating and empowering. The documents in the Action Research Electronic Reader are original contributions brought together with the purpose of supporting and informing students, researchers and change agents in the field. They are grouped under two headings, ‘Discussion’ and ‘Research Reports’, though in the nature of action research, boundaries are not distinct.”
  • Action Research International online journal
    Refereed on-line journal of action research has a distinguished international editorial panel and is sponsored by the Institute of Workplace Research Learning and Development (WoRLD) within the Graduate College of Management at Southern Cross University and by Southern Cross University Press. The journal consists of an electronic discussion list to which papers can be submitted for comment and a further list which carries the papers on acceptance. You may submit papers, or you may join the journal as a subscriber.
  • Advancing Women In Leadership
    “Advancing Women in Leadership represents the first on-line professional, refereed journal for women in leadership. The journal publishes manuscripts that report, synthesize, review, or analyze scholarly inquiry that focuses on women’s issues. The Editors invite authors from all professional fields to submit manuscripts regarding women’s professional issues for review for publication in the journal.”
  • ALAR Journal
    “There are two issues of the ALAR journal each year…The journal contains project reports, reflections on seminars and conferences, articles related to the theory and practice of action learning, action research and related approaches, and reviews of recent publications. It aims to be highly accessible for both readers, contributors and practitioners.We place journal issues on this website a year after members receive them in hardcopy.”
  • Annual Review of Critical Psychology
    “Annual Review of Critical Psychology is available in print as four separate special issues which have been published rather sporadically (not annually). These print versions, issues 1-4, are peer-reviewed international publications (ISSN 1464-0538). From issue number 5, Annual Review of Critical Psychology will be available as a peer-reviewed online open-access journal, published on this site.”
  • The Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health
    “The promotion of mental health and prevention of mental illness is a strategic and policy priority in Australia and is reflected in similar directions internationally. AJAMH is a forum for advancing mental health promotion, prevention of mental illness, and early intervention approaches to mental health. It is a peer reviewed, online, open access journal.”
  • Behavior and Social Issues
    Behavior and Social Issues is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal that serves as a primary scholarly outlet for articles that advance the scientific analysis of human social behavior, particularly with regard to understanding and influencing important social problems. The primary intellectual frameworks for the journal are the natural science of behavior, and the sub-discipline of cultural analytic science. The journal is particularly interested in publishing work related to issues with social justice, human rights, and environmental implications, but all significant social issues are of interest.
  • Childhoods Today
    “The aim of the journal is to publish high quality empirical and theoretical work by up-and-coming researchers in the field of childhood studies and to provide a reference for others working in this and related fields. Childhoods Today is an externally reviewed journal that is unique in providing an international forum designed exclusively for the publication of articles by postgraduate students (i.e. those studying for their MA, M.Phil. or PhD, as opposed to post-doctoral students) working in the field, which can be accessed by other interested postgraduates and academics.”
  • Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines (CADAAD)
    “Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis across Disciplines” is a free but formal, peer-reviewed electronic journal, intended to provide a publishing platform for cross-disciplinary critical discourse research. (CADAAD) is an ongoing project which aims to foster and promote cross-disciplinary communication in critical discourse research. This site is intended as a resource for both students and scholars critically involved with discourse.”
  • Cyberpsychology
    “Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace is a web-based, peer-reviewed scholarly journal. The first peer-reviewed issue was published in September 2007. The journal is focused on social science research into cyberspace, while bringing psychosocial reflections of the Internet impact onto people and society. The journal is interdisciplinary, publishing works written by scholars of psychology, media studies, sociology, political science, and other disciplines. The Cyberpsychology Journal brings out original papers, as well as theoretical studies and research meta-analyses. Proposals for special issues are also welcomed.”
  • Discourse Analysis Online
    “DA On-Line is a brand new, international, interactive on-line journal dedicated to the publication of discourse analysis research. It uses interactive, internet-based media to provide an innovative forum for the presentation of discourse analysis research, to foster on-line collaboration and dialogue within the DA community and to redesign the conventional journal review process.”
  • Dynamical Psychology
    “Dynamical Psychology is a journal for the study of complex mental processes of all kinds. We are concerned with, very broadly speaking, the patterns by which psychological processes unfold through time the emergent, persistent structures which arise as a consequence of this unfolding. We are explicitly open to a variety of perspectives on psychological process, including cognitive, behavioral, nonlinear-science, physics-oriented, sociological, phenomenological, and transpersonal. We are committed to using innovative ideas to understand the mind as a whole, bridging the artificial separations which currently exist between disciplines and subdisciplines. Recognizing that the goal of science is understanding and not merely data, we aim at a side-by-side presentation of theoretical explorations, mathematical analyses, computational experiments, and empirical data.”
  • E-Journal of Applied Psychology (E-JAP)
    E-JAP “is a web-based international outlet for original research articles which apply psychological theories to clinical and social issues. E-JAP has two sections. Papers published in the Clinical Section of E-JAP will generally focus on the prevention of psychological disorders, the promotion of psychological health, effective adaptation of adults and children to life problems, and the evaluation of therapeutic interventions in the areas of counseling, clinical, developmental and health psychology. Papers published in the Social Section of E-JAP will generally focus on individuals and groups in social contexts such as family, work, or community settings. Articles may address aspects of interpersonal relationships, group dynamics, organisational health, and political or cultural issues from the perspectives of community, organisational and social psychology. E-JAP will publish original quantitative and qualitative research, case studies and review papers. Contributions may include experimental and survey research, theoretical and methodological reviews, individual case studies, and descriptions of new clinical treatment methods.”
  • Forum: Qualitative Social Research – Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung
    FQS is a peer-reviewed multilingual online journal for qualitative research. “Established in 1999, we are re-organizing FQS by setting up broader information and communication resources for qualitative researchers, supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. FQS Issues are published tri-annually. Additionally, selected single contributions and contributions belonging to the rubrics FQS Reviews, FQS Debates and FQS Conferences are published immediately after they go through the peer review process. All full texts are available for free. Our Newsletter informs you of new publications as soon as they are posted online.”
  • The Future of Children
    The Future of Children is a collaboration of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and the Brookings Institution. The mission of The Future of Children is to translate the best social science research about children and youth into information that is useful to policymakers, practitioners, grant-makers, advocates, the media, and students of public policy. The project publishes two journals and policy briefs each year, and provides various short summaries of our work. Topics range widely — from income policy to family issues to education and health – with children’s policy as the unifying element. The senior editorial team is diverse, representing two institutions and multiple disciplines.”
  • Gay and Lesbian Research in Psychology
    “GLIP Review aims to encourage research that challenges the stereotypes and assumptions of pathology that have often inhered to research on lesbians and gay men (amongst others). The aim of the Review is thus to facilitate discussion over the direction of lesbian and gay psychology in Australia, and to provide a forum within which academics, practitioners and lay people may publish. The Review is open to a broad range of material, and especially welcomes research, commentary and reviews that critically evaluate the status quo in regards to LGBT issues. The Review also seeks papers that redress the imbalance that has thus far focused on the issues facing white lesbians and gay men, to the exclusion of other sexual, gender and racial minority groups.”
  • International Journal of Ageing and Later Life
    “The International Journal of Ageing and Later Life (IJAL) serves an audience interested in social and cultural aspects of ageing and later life development. As such, the Journal welcomes contributions that aim at advancing the theoretical and conceptual debate on research on ageing and later life. Contributions based on empirical work are also welcome as are methodologically interested discussions of relevance to the study of ageing and later life. Being an international journal, IJAL acknowledges the need to understand the cultural diversity and context dependency of ageing and later life. IJAL accepts country- or cultural-specific studies that do not necessarily include international comparisons as long as such contributions are interesting and understandable for an international audience.”
  • International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Theory
    The International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy (ISSN 1577-7057) is an interdisciplinary journal that publishes empirical and theoretical contributions in any of the areas of Psychology. The journal is open to contributions in Spanish and English, that are selected by a prestigious Editorial Board made up of selected researchers, academics, and professionals.”
  • International Journal of Qualitative Methods
    A peer reviewed journal published quarterly as a web-based journal by the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology at the University of Alberta, Canada, and its international affiliates.
    It is a multi-disciplinary, multi-lingual journal, free to the public. “Our goals are to heighten the awareness of qualitative research, to advance the development of qualitative methods in varying fields of study, and to help disseminate knowledge to the broadest possible community of academics, students,
    and professionals who undertake scholarly research. By keeping the journal free of charge, we hope to reach an audience who, for whatever reason, do not read traditional, subscription-based journals.”
  • Internet Journal of Mental Health
    “The Internet Journal of Mental Health is a peer reviewed online journal that accepts submissions with a broadly defined definition of mental health. This includes manuscripts discussing psychiatric disorders, psychological strengths, psychological difficulties, the interaction of physical and mental health, and the psychosocial aspects of both medical and psychiatric disorders. The journal also welcomes manuscript submissions discussing the epidemiology, treatment, rehabilitation, prevention, cultural, and racial/ethnic aspects of the mental health of both individuals and communities. Empirical articles using either quantitative or qualitative methods are both of interest. General, systematic and meta-analytic reviews are all welcomed.”
  • Interpersona
    “Interpersona is a peer-reviewed, semiannual (June and December), open access online journal on personal relationships. As an international, interdisciplinary journal, it aims at promoting scholarship in the field of personal relationships based on different methodologies and stemming from several disciplines, including psychology, sociology, communication studies, anthropology, family studies, child development, social work, nursing and others. Manuscripts examining a wide range of personal relationships, including those between romantic or intimate partners, spouses, parents and children, siblings, and other family relations, classmates, coworkers, neighbors, friends and professional relations are welcome. In addition to original empirical (qualitative or quantitative) research, theoretical or methodological contributions, integrative reviews, meta-analyses, comparative or historical studies, and critical assessments of the status of the field are welcome as submissions. Interpersona is a totally free access journal and readers may read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles without any charge. All content is freely available. All papers are peer-reviewed by members of the editorial board or ad-hoc reviewers under the supervision of an editor as quality control.”
  • Janus Head
    Janus Head: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature, Continental Philosophy, Phenomenological Psychology, and the Arts is devoted to maintaining an attitude of respect and openness to the various manifestations of truth in human experience; it strives to foster understanding through meditative thinking, narrative structure, and poetic imagination. Like the Janus head reliefs found over the doorways of old Roman homes, this journal, too, is situated at a threshold. The space within this journal, like the space beyond the Janus head relief, is a space where dwelling can occur, where thinking can take place, and where community can be built. Janus Head is an interdisciplinary journal that places emphasis on the intersections among literature, continental philosophy, phenomenological psychology, and the arts. Our board welcomes the submission of innovative work from authors and artists who have the courage to take risks to create fruitful dialogue among the disciplines of the academy.”
  • Journal of Integrated Social Sciences
    “JISS attempts to provide a platform that fills the void of a unified approach in the social sciences. We are launching our peer-reviewed journal with several disciplines in mind that are central to the social sciences: Psychology, Sociology, Political Sciences, and Gender Studies. Our hope is that students and professionals alike will take advantage of this new outlet for their ideas and quality work, to be shared with others, thereby bridging the isolation that often exists between the various social disciplines. We are therefore particularly interested in interdisciplinary and/or holistically oriented projects and invite you to share such investigations with the rest of the scholarly community.”
  • Journal of Research Practice
    “Journal of Research Practice (JRP) seeks to develop our understanding of research as a type of practice, so as to extend and enhance that practice in the future. The Journal aims to highlight the dynamics of research practice, as it unfolds in the life of a researcher, in the growth and decline of a field, and in relation to a changing social and institutional environment. The Journal welcomes deliberation on the basic issues and challenges encountered by researchers in any specific domain. The Journal aims to explore why and how different activities, criteria, methods, and languages become part of research practice in any domain. This is expected to trigger interdisciplinary dialogue, mutual learning, facilitate research education, and promote innovations in different fields…The Journal seeks to study the evolving patterns of thinking and practice that underlie open inquiry in any domain. The scope also includes topics such as research training, research design, research utilisation, research policy, and innovative forms of research.”
  • Methodological Innovations Online
    “Methodological Innovations Online is an international peer reviewed social research journal. It publishes high quality papers in research methods and methodology from all social science disciplines. Papers which focus on new methodological approaches, or using traditional methodologies in new ways or methodologies which cross disciplines are especially welcome. The journal publishes both peer reviewed papers and short discussion pieces.The journal aims to be progressive both in access and the means by which it encourages those near the beginning of their careers to publish. Nevertheless each issue will contain papers by leading international social science researchers.”
  • Phenomenology & Practice
    “Phenomenology & Practice is a human science journal dedicated to the study of the lived experience of a broad range of human practices. These include (but are not limited to) the professional practices of pedagogy, design, counseling, psychology, social work, and health science. Increasingly, researchers and practitioners in these and other fields are adapting interpretive methodologies to address questions related to practice. Phenomenology & Practice is intended to serve as a forum for such research. Correspondingly, ‘phenomenology’ is understood in this context in broad and eclectic terms…’Practice,’ the second word in the journal’s title, has complex and interrelated meanings. In one sense, it refers to professional and other domains: “the explicit and tacit dimensions of the rules, precepts, codes, principles, guides, commitments, affects, and behaviors that one observes or recommends within a domain of action” (OED, 1989). Practice is also understood as the application of theory; in practice we operationalize methods, techniques, knowledge, skills, and competencies. Additionally, practice can be viewed as having an integrity all of its own. Instead of deriving exclusively from theory, it can be characterized as non-cognitive, as residing in the body, in the world, in relations, and in action, rather than being explicitly known or formalized.”
  • Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy (PCSP)
    PCSP is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal and database. It provides innovative, quantitative and qualitative knowledge about psychotherapy process and outcome, for both researchers and practitioners. The goals of the PCSP are: (1) To generate a growing database of systematic, rigorous, and peer-reviewed therapy case studies across a variety of theoretical approaches; (2) To pilot-test the special advantages of online, case study journals in applied psychology generally by exemplifying in detail their ability to make large amounts of qualitative and quantitative, peer-reviewed information particularly timely, accessible, searchable, and pragmatically and theoretically valuable; and (3) To act as a vehicle for progress in therapy case-study method through the process of example, critical dialogue, and cross-case analysis.
  • PsychNology
    “PsychNology is a quadrimestral, international, peer-reviewed journal on the relationship between humans and technology. The name ‘PsychNology’ emphasizes its multidisciplinary interest in all issues related to the human adoption and development of technologies. Its broad scope allows to host in a sole venue advances and ideas that would otherwise remain confined within separate communities or disciplines.”
  • The Qualitative Report
    A peer-reviewer, on-line journal devoted to writing and discussion of and about qualitative, critical, action, and collaborative inquiry and research serves as a forum and sounding board for researchers, scholars, practitioners, and other reflective- minded individuals who are passionate about ideas, methods, and analyses permeating qualitative and critical study. It is edited by Ronald Chenail at Nova Southeastern University. In addition, there is a list of Individual Papers & Collections of Papers, Posters, and Abstracts. The site does not provide the review status of these contents. However, there are some useful articles here for beginning qualitative researchers.
  • Qualitative Studies
    Qualitative Studies is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that welcomes contributions from all human and social sciences, which employ or discuss qualitative methods. Its first issue will be in 2010.
  • Social Research Update
    Published quarterly by the Department of Sociology, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 5XH, England.
  • Sociological Research Online
    Publishes high quality applied sociology, focusing on theoretical, empirical and methodological discussions which engage with current political, cultural and intellectual topics and debates.

Journal Lists

  • Directory of Open Access Journals: Psychology
    “The aim of the Directory of Open Access Journals is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. The Directory aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content. In short a one stop shop for users to Open Access Journals.” This link is to the list of open access psychology journals.
  • Qualitative Research Journals
    This list is from St. Louis University. A compilation of earlier lists, it includes journals that focus on qualitative research as well as journals receptive to publishing qualitative research. The list continues to be modified. When available, links to journal home pages have been incorporated into the list. In some cases, the links lead to the publisher’s site; follow links to specific titles from there.
  • Qualitative Journals
    A list provided on The Qualitative Report website.
  • Human Studies: A Journal for Philosophy and the Social Sciences
    A journal devoted primarily to advancing the dialogue between philosophy and the human sciences addressing such issues as the logic of inquiry, methodology, epistemology and foundational issues in the human sciences exemplified by original empirical, theoretical and philosophical investigations. Phenomenological perspectives, broadly defined, are a primary, though not an exclusive focus. Human Studies is attractive to scholars in a variety of fields since it provides a forum for those who address these issues in attempting to bridge the gap between philosophy and the human sciences.
  • The Journal of Rural Community Psychology
    A peer-reviewed, scholarly journal in electronic form devoted to sociological, psychological and mental health issues in rural and small community settings.
  • Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy (ASAP)
    Electronic journal sponsored by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) is an outlet for timely and innovative psychological and related social science scholarship with implications for social action and policy. “We seek to be a forum for publishing new work as well as discussion on alternative approaches to a variety of important and current social problems. By encouraging timely publication of well-written peer-reviewed work, we aim to facilitate communication between social science researchers and policy makers as well as with the public as a whole. Articles will communicate with a broad spectrum of interested individuals as well as with the social science community. Articles will be published electronically as soon as they are accepted for publication. At the end of each year, a print version will be made available to all institutions that subscribe to the Journal of Social Issues. ASAP is not a thematic journal. Submissions in any content area related to the goals of SPSSI will be considered. They will be evaluated in terms of scholarly excellence as well as their relevance to social problems, social action and policy. ASAP has an internationally respected Editorial Board with expertise in both social science research and the application of that research to real world issues.”