May 23, 2022

Beta Version of Aggregated Database of Open Access Articles Hits 16 Million Entries, Project From University of Southern Queensland

The more tools the better!

From IT News Australia:

The University of Southern Queensland [USQ] has delivered a beta search engine [named] for open access journals, using spare capacity on AWS rather than on-campus supercomputers to crunch more than 16 million full-text records.

Around the world, a growing number of academics are opting to publish their research in open access journals or university repositories rather than through journals that end up behind a paywall online.

With more than 4000 university search repositories now on the internet, each holding many thousands of academic papers, finding a paper on a particular topic without the use of a search engine is virtually impossible.


A beta version of the search engine is now live, having indexed around 16 million records, including traditional search results and a Google Books-style ngram interface.


“Most of the back-end or scaffolding is now done, I’d now like to make the front end a lot more slick,” [USQ’s senior project officer of technology demonstrator projects Tim] McCallum said.

Read the Complete Article


Direct to Database (Traditional Interface)

Direct to Database (ngram-Style Visual Interface)

Direct to “How To”/Database Info

Article About the Database and It’s Developer, Tim McCallum (November 2015)

Developer Tim McCallum’s Contact Info/List of Publications

On a Related Note…

2016-05-10_21-19-16Another aggregated database of primarily open access materials we’ve mentioned several times and use regularly is BASE from the University of Bielefeld in Germany. This research resource currently contains data about more than 93 million documents from more than 4300 content sources.

Direct to BASE  ||| Advanced Interface

Direct to Searchable Database of BASE Content Sources

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.