More than 15 years ago, influenced by the high penetration of the Internet and the worldwide web, open access (OA) publishers and journals were born. Having great influence on scientific writing and journalism, the OA movement should be considered one of the most important events occurred during the last decades. Many publishers have adopted OA policy either for profit or not for profit. Numerous journals have also adopted the policy either completely or partially.
As a result of the OA movement, resources for area studies are becoming increasingly numerous, and they are often freely available online. There are, of course, many more examples of available resources than those provided here. However, this guide is designed as an introduction to open access resources for area studies which are arranged by each region and then by country.