The SFCP Library

Free resources for psychoanalytic information

Why Open Access (OA)? Open Access literature is free and available to anyone. Researchers anywhere in the world can read the scholarly output that has been made available in an open-access source. We’ve compiled a list of open access sources below, but you can always find more. Google “open access psychology journals” to find many more sources for free materials.

Academia and research gate

Both of these social networks allow researchers and scholars to upload their papers for us to read and download for free. You have to register to use them, but it is easy to do and costs nothing. You can also build your professional networks by following and connecting with the people whose work you find interesting.

Once you’re registered, simply type in some key words in the search bar. By adding articles and papers to your library, and by following people, both platforms will quickly get an idea of what you are interested in and suggest similar articles for you to read. You can also see what your peers are reading or get notifications when they upload something new.

Access these websites here:

Google Scholar provides links for freely downloadable texts. Use it in the same way as Google, by searching for key words. You can filter the results by year, but other than that it is quite a simple search engine. It orders results by most cited and most recently published, so is a quick and convenient way to find current and popular papers.

Libraries and Journals

Oxford University
Oxford University also have a directory of the publications coming out of their university, which includes many open access resources. Search by keyword and look for the green padlock symbol beneath each listing.

Directory of Open Access Journals
Directory of Open Access Journals collects open access journals from a range of publications, including Frontiers in Psychology, Cogent Psychology and Evolutionary Psychology, as well as other language journals from across the world. Over 74,000 articles related to psychology are available here. You can search for specific keywords, or browse by subject.

Psychological Science in the Public Interest
Published three times per year by the Association for Psychological Science, Psychological Science in the Public Interest (PSPI) is a unique journal featuring comprehensive and compelling reviews of issues that are of direct relevance to the general public. These reviews are written by blue-ribbon teams of specialists representing a range of viewpoints and are intended to assess the current state-of-the-science with regard to the topic. Among other things, PSPI reports have challenged the validity of the Rorschach and other projective tests, have explored how to keep the aging brain sharp, and have documented problems with the current state of clinical psychology. All PSPI reports are freely available to the public via the APS website. This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Archives of scientific psychology
The subject matter of articles published in Archives of Scientific Psychology® spans the entire discipline of psychology. Journal readers will find articles on subjects ranging from neuroscience to political psychology, and all topics in between. Articles will also describe research conducted using any of the methods used by researchers in psychology—experimental, descriptive, and research synthesis, quantitative and qualitative.

Collabra Psychology
The official journal of the Society of the Improvement of Psychological Science published by the University of California Press. Includes seven sections representing the broad field of psychology including: Cognitive, Social, Personality, Clinical, and Developmental Psychology and Organizational Behavior and Methodology and Research Practice.

Sage Open
SAGE Open is a peer-reviewed, “Gold” open access journal from SAGE that publishes original research and review articles in an interactive, open access format. Articles may span the full spectrum of the social and behavioral sciences and the humanities.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Frontiers in Psychology
Frontiers in Psychology is the largest journal in its field, publishing rigorously peer-reviewed research across the psychological sciences, from clinical research to cognitive science, from perception to consciousness, from imaging studies to human factors, and from animal cognition to social psychology.

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