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 email@example.com.
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
- Botanical Illustrations
- The Linnaean Plant Name Typification Project: a catalogue of information on published type designations for Linnaean plant names, based at the Natural History Museum, London
- Plants of the World Online: from Kew Science
- World Flora Online: ‘An online flora of all known plants’
- Eschmeyer’s Catalog of Fishes
- WoRMS: World Register of Marine Species
- Amphibians Species of the World: from the American Museum of Natural History.
History and History of Science resources
- Gallica: the digital library of the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF)
- BHL: Biodiversity Heritage Library, with free access to historical biodiversity literature
- HathiTrust Digital Library | Millions of books online
- Internet archive: a huge, rambling collection of books, films, and websites
- Internet Archive Book Images on Flickr: over 2.6 million searchable images taken from books in the public domain
- BFI Archive Resources Online
- British Cartoon Archive
- British Library Digitized manuscripts
- British Library’s British in India collection
- British Library oral history collection
- Digital Bodleian
- Getty Images
- Hansard, 1803–2005: British parliamentary debates
- Imperial War Museum Collections
- LSE Digital Library
- The National Archives
- National Library of Scotland Maps: excellent collection of free online maps
- A Vision of Britain through Time: historical maps, census statistics, and travel writing since 1801.
History of Science
- Darwin Correspondence Project
- Darwin Online
- Wallace Correspondence Project
- Digital Archival Sources for Historians of Southeast Asia
- Food & Agriculture Organization Open Archives project
- Francis Galton Archive
- NHS at 70: an oral history of the NHS
- United Nations Digital Library
- UK Medical Heritage Library
- Wellcome Library: vast collections covering a huge swathe of scientific and medical material
- Max Planck Institute for the History of Science Digital Collection
- Qatar Digital Library
- UK Medical Officer of Health Reports
- U.S. National Library of Medicine
- Wellcome Library: History of Genetics
- World Health Organization: reports and publications from 1950 to the present
- John Thomson photograph collections: 19th century photographs and notes from East Asia
- Linnaeus Link: international union catalogue of institutions with Linnaean material, run by the Linnean Society of London
- Linnean Online: platform for the digitized collections of the Linnean Society of London: includes Linnaean manuscripts, annotated books, correspondence and specimens
- More Linnaean manuscripts and lecture notes have been digitised by Uppsala University
- Linnaean Correspondence Project: recently migrated to Alvin, the University of Uppsala Library catalogue
- Other Linnaean specimens have been digitised by the Swedish Museum of Natural History
- Linnaean Dissertations online: all 186 dissertations by Linnaeus’ students, from the Hunt Institute of Documentation
- The Hunt Institute also provides access to two Linnaeus-related databases: "Index to Binomials Cited in the First Edition of Linnaeus' Species Plantarum" and "Index to Scientific Names of Organisms Cited in the Linnaean Dissertations".
Art and Museum Collections
- ArtUK: the UK’s public art collection
- Lewis Walpole Library (a collection of eighteenth-century prints)
- Museum of London collections
- National Museum Scotland collections
- National Portrait Gallery collections
- National Trust Collections (art and objects)
- Royal Collection Trust
- Victoria and Albert Museum
- The Watercolour World, which includes The Linnean Society's Francis Buchanan-Hamilton collection.
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.