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JSTOR for climate change research: Open Access Journals

This guide highlights JSTOR's open access content related to climate change, and the tools available to enhance your research.


JSTOR contains the full-text of more than 2,600 journals from 1,200 publishers, with publication dates ranging from 1665 to 2015 (for certain titles). Journals are available in more than 75 disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences and mathematics. 

JSTOR works with a growing number of scholarly publishers to make available their Open Access journals and journal issues.

Additionally, all journal content in JSTOR published prior to 1924 in the United States and prior to 1871 elsewhere is freely available to anyone, anywhere in the world—no subscription or login required.

The easiest way to search for open journal content is using the basic search on the JSTOR open content page.

Open Access Journals

Here are five open access journals to help get you started on your research on climate change:


Conservation and Society
Published by: Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment and Wolters Kluwer India Pvt. Ltd.

A peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practice of conservation. Draws on both the natural and social sciences, including political ecology, environmental history, conservation policy and governance, human-wildlife conflicts, and conservation biology.

Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development
Published by: Columbia University

An online journal that brings together students, researchers, professors, and practitioners from a variety of disciplines and geographical regions. Publishes scholarly articles, opinion pieces, field notes, editorial columns, and photo essays to foster a global community to think more broadly and analytically about sustainable development.

Ecology and Society
Published by: Resilience Alliance Inc.

An electronic, peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal devoted to the rapid dissemination of current research in the following:

  • the management and sustainable use of ecological systems, resources and biological diversity
  • the impact of natural systems on social and political systems and conversely, the effect of social, economic, and political institutions on ecological systems
  • the means by which we can develop and sustain desired ecological, social, and political states


Ethnobiology Letters
Published by: Society of Ethnobiology

Features a variety of formats for ethnobiological research--the study of the relationships between humans and environments in diverse spatial and temporal contexts--including research articles, perspectives, mini-reviews on focused topics in ethnobiology, and book reviews


RCC Perspectives: Transformations in Environment and Society
Published by: Rachel Carson Center

A forum for examining the interrelationship between environmental and social changes. Published by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society to bridge the gap between scholarly and non-scholarly audiences.

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