Curious Librarian

Directory of Open access Books

After the success of Directory of Open Access Journal, here is a directory of Open Access Books a service from QAPEN foundation.

The DOAB (Directory of Open Access Books) already have 756 Academic peer-reviewed books from 23 publishers as on 14/04/2012., below is publisher wise book list

Academia Press (15 books)
Amsterdam University Press (148 books)
Athabasca University Press (60 books)
Australian National University ANU E Press (1 books)
Berg Publishers (6 books)
Bloomsbury Academic (68 books)
Brill (10 books)
Co-Action Publishing (2 books)
Firenze University Press (89 books)
KITLV Press (26 books)
Leiden University Press (11 books)
Liverpool University Press (6 books)
Manchester University Press (101 books)
MPublishing (3 books)
Open Book Publishers (20 books)
Open Humanities Press (2 books)
Palgrave Macmillan (6 books)
Springer Science – Business Media (3 books)
Taylor & Francis (8 books)
Universitätsverlag Göttingen (138 books)
University of Michigan Press (27 books)
University of Wales Press (3 books)
Wageningen Academic Publishers (3 books)

Open Knowledge Repository (World Bank)

Dear All,

This is really a big news and achievement on Open Access front. World bank has launched open knowledge repository to support research and learning by publishing research paper with creative common license.

The content will be  (more details

  • World Bank published books from 2009-2012 which includes flagship publications, academic books and practitioner volumes;
  • All World Development Reports (WDRs) since 1978;
  • Policy Research Working Papers (PRWP) from 2009-2012, a series of papers that disseminate findings of work in progress in order to encourage the exchange of ideas about development issues;
  • Economic and Sector Work (ESW) studies from 2009-2012, a series of analytical reports prepared by Bank staff. ESWs gather and evaluate information about a country’s economy and/or a specific sector;
  • Journal articles from 2007-2010 published in World Bank Economic Review (WBER) and World Bank Research Observer (WBRO), two journals published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the World Bank;
  • Content in languages other than English;
  • World Bank Group Annual Reports and Independent Evaluation Studies.

To access and more details, please visit the following link





Repository Ranking, Jan 2012 by Cybermetrics Lab

Dear All,

The new Jan, 2012 ranking of repository is here

This year there are 1239 repositories are in the ranking, from india there are many repositories which are listed…here is small comparative table of selected repositories

Name of the Repository Rank (2009) Rank (Jan, 2010) Rank


Eprint@IISc, Bangalore 41 82 98
ISI Digital Library 76 180 163
Openmed@nic 123 148 190
Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore 182 210 469
Raman Research Institute, Digital Repository 211 278 499
National Institute of Oceanography, Digital Repository 243 245 250
National Aerospace Laboratories   370 316
IISc Thesis and Dissertation     483
Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute 321
NITR 458



Open Access by the Number

Here is a list of OA by number from OAD (Open Access Directory)

OA journals (Gold OA)

  • 9,651. November 28, 2011. The number of OA journals listed in Open J-Gate.
    • 6,502. December 12, 2011. The number of peer-reviewed OA journals listed in Open J-Gate.
    • 3,232. December 12, 2011. The number of non-peer-reviewed OA journals listed in Open J-Gate.
  • 31,866. November 28, 2011. The number of “free e-journals” (not all peer-reviewed) listed in EZB.
  • 552 / 638 / 115. February 1, 2012. Number of society publishers / OA journals / Creative Commons licensed according to the second edition of Society Publishers with Open Access Journals, edited by Caroline Sutton and Peter Suber.

OA repositories (Green OA)

  • 2,168. February 10, 2012. Number of OA, OAI-compliant repositories listed by OpenDOAR (Directory of Open Access Repositories).
  • 2,700. February 10, 2012. Number of OA, OAI-compliant repositories listed by ROAR (Registry of Open Access Repositories).
  • 3,946. February 10, 2012. Number of OA, OAI-compliant repositories listed by
  • 1,100 / 25,000,000 records. February 10, 2012. Numbers of OA, OAI-compliant contributors / records harvested (indexed and searched) by OAIster.
  • 1,269 / 38,354,066 records. February 10, 2012. Numbers of OA, OAI-compliant archives / publications harvested (indexed and searched) by
  • 734,470. February 10, 2012. Number of articles on deposit at arXiv. The number is posted on the upper left corner of the arXiv home page.
  • 3,561,421. February 10, 2012. Number of free full-text articles on deposit at PubMed Central. To update this number, search PubMed with a limit to “Links to Free Full Text ” from the Entrez PubMed search box.
  • 12,887,344 February 10, 2012. Total number of articles in Entrez PubMed with “Links to Full Text”.

OA books

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Plagiarism Checking Software

Dear All,

Here is the list of  Plagiarism checking software (Free/proprietary)

1. Turnitin (Proprietary software): Turnitin is an Internet-based plagiarism-detection software. This is one of the best proprietary software available in market, it not only use for checking research paper, university and college use for checking the student paper too.

2. Viper (Free software): Viper is another plagiarism checking software, which have already scanned 10 million resources as claimed in there website. the best thing of viper is its free.

3. Plagiarism detector (Free software): is a plagiarism detection software, its fast and reliable plagiarism detection software as mentioned in their website.

4.  Plagirisma.Net (Free online checking): can check plagiarism online by simply copy and paste the text in the box.

5. Copyscape (Online Free Plagiarism detecting software)




Springer launches interdisciplinary open access journal SpringerPlus

Springer launches Springerplus, an open access interdisciplinary journal which cover the entire spectrum of scientific research on emerging areas.

Excerpt from the site

“SpringerOpen is Springer’s new suite of open access journals which will cover all disciplines. SpringerOpen journals are fully and immediately open access and will publish articles under the Creative Commons Attribution license. This makes it easy for authors to fully comply with open access mandates and retain copyright. SpringerOpen journals combine open access and our expertise in delivering high-quality and rapid publications, from online submission systems and in-depth peer review to an efficient, author-friendly production process.”


Search all the E-books in one place

Here is one search engine, where you can search all the e-books, please visit the link

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