One Thousand Open Access Journals


On 28 September 2011, The Ancient World Online (AWOL) posted an entry on Zephyrvs, a Spanish journal of archaeology and Prehistory. With this entry AWOL's index of Open Access Journals in Ancient Studies reaches the milestone of one thousand titles.

We first assembled the Alphabetical list of Open Access Journals in Ancient Studies in observance of Open Access Week 2009, just under two years ago. It was based on journals cited in AWOL since its beginning in January 2009 . At that time the list included more than two hundred titles - a surprisingly large number - or so we thought at the time. In an effort to make the List canonical and comprehensive, we began adding in groups of twenty titles additional journals, all (or nearly all) of which had been accessible via Abzu for varying lengths of time. At the same time, we continued to add newly discovered and newly emerging titles to the list, constantly verifying older links and repairing broken ones. On February 17, 2010 the list reached six hundred titles, on July 7, 2010 the list reached seven hundred titles, and on May 5, 2011, with the addition of Engramma, the list reached nine hundred titles.

The Ancient World Online (AWOL) is one of a subset of digital initiatives of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University that the ISAW library is undertaking to develop as components of the Ancient World Digital Library (AWDL). They include the following:
  • Ancient World Digital Library Book Viewer - The first fruits of an effort to accelerate and enhance access to the emerging global library of digital publications on the ancient world, the AWDL Book Viewer lets users read and search digitized copies of previously printed scholarly materials.
  • Ancient World Online - Find out about all the latest online and open-access material relating to the ancient world, regardless of where it's published.


  • Abzu - A guide to networked open access data relevant to the study and public presentation of the Ancient Near East and the Ancient Mediterranean world.


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