Open Access Resources

Please find below a small selection of open access resources available online for Linnean Society of London Fellows, Associate Members, and other Library users.

All links are accurate and functional as of 28 April, 2020. The library staff would be grateful if any broken links could be reported. We also warmly welcome suggestions for other resources to include. Please email

Please note that the Linnean Society of London is not responsible for content produced by third parties.

Biological Sciences resources

Open Access Publishers

Open Access Databases

  • arXiv: e-prints of quantitative research papers in many science disciplines, sponsored by Cornell University
  • BioMed Central: open access journals
  • Darwin Tree of Life Project: led by the Wellcome Sanger Institute, plans to read the genomes of all known species of animals, plants, fungi and protists in the British Isles
  • DOAJ: the Directory of Open Access Journals provides full text coverage of scientific, scholarly journals.
  • E-Print Network: scientists have created this network of information gleaned from websites and databases to create a database of e-prints.
  • FreeFullPDF: over 80 million free scientific publications available
  • InTech: open access to STEM books, chapters, and journals
  • One Zoom: freely available Tree of Life, connecting all species together in a spiraling beanstalk that shows evolutionary history.
  • ORA: Oxford University’s online research repository
  • PLoS (Public Library of Science): a database of open access, peer-reviewed science journals
  • PubMed Central: a free digital archive of biomedical and life science journal articles
  • ROARMAP: links to open access repositories worldwide
  • SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition): the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition provides access to papers, articles, blogs, newsletters, and news for research scientists






History and History of Science resources

General Resources

    British History

    History of Science

    Carl Linnaeus

    Art and Museum Collections

    In addition, JISC have helpfully compiled a spreadsheet of publishers known to be widening access to their resources during the COVID-19 crisis. This list is current as of 29 April 2020.