Access to Research

The aim of this page is to post links to any freely available research that is not hidden behind paywalls e.g. Open Access journal articles, conference papers, reports, research digests etc (presented A-Z).

UPDATED November 2018: all links checked/dead links removed.

Helpful advice from Dr Dav via her blogpost Finding Research Papers

Research carried out by teachers in their own classrooms/schools

Jotter: Journal of Trainee Educational Research (Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge)

Sandagogy – Sandringham School Learning Journal  (6 Issues now available!)

Samuel Whitbread Academy – Anthecology Lesson Study Journal

Soham Village College: Illumination – Research Lesson Study: An Enlightened Enquiry

Praxis Teacher Research

Freely Available Research, Digests, Reports etc

Directory of Open Access Journals

Access to Research –  Public Library Initiative (free access to over 15 million academic articles in participating UK public libraries)

BELMAS Publications (free access via free first year membership)

BERA Insights and Briefings

BERA Why Educational Research Matters

BERA Research and Teacher Education

Best Evidence in Brief (University of York, Institute for Effective Education)

Best Evidence in Brief Archive (University of York, Institute for Effective Education)

BES (Iterative Best Evidence Synthesis) Programme – What Works Evidence
Hei Kete Raukura (New Zealand)

Cambridge Primary Review Publications

Cambridge Assessment: Research Matters free biannual publication which allows Cambridge Assessment to share their assessment research, in a range of fields, with the wider assessment community. It features articles showcasing the wide variety of qualitative and quantitative research carried out.

CUREE Publications

Department for Education: Publications – Research & Analysis

Digital Commons@University of Nebraska, Lincoln

EPPI Centre Systematic Reviews

Education Evidence Portal

Educational Neuroscience: a teacher’s guide to the good, the bad and the irrelevant (slides and materials  from Dorothy Bishop, University of Oxford)

Forum: Qualitative Research (peer reviewed online journal estab 1999)

General Teaching Council for Scotland: Current Academic/Practitioner Research (access to some freely available reports etc)

Huntington Research School Website: ‘Evidence’ page with summaries and links to latest research

Usable Knowledge (Harvard Graduate School of Education)

Institute of Education Research News

International Journal of Student Voice

Issues in Educational Research (IIER)

International Journal of Adolescence and Youth

The Internet and Education – free chapter by Professor Neil Selwyn, Monash University, Australia

Learning Landscapes (current issue: Spring 2016 (past issues also online in Archives – a peer-reviewed, open access, themed journal that is published twice a year. It works to bridge theory and practice by publishing submissions from individuals who represent the wider educational community—teachers, principals, students, parents, university academics and community leaders – produced in Quebec, Canada)

Learning Policy Institute (USA): Review of Research – Does Teaching Experience increase Teacher Effectiveness?

MESH Guides – supporting professional judgement with evidence (connecting educators with summaries and sources of educational research)

NFER Publications & Research – directory of NFER research publications (National Foundation for Educational Research)

OECD (The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development): What’s New at OECD – free monthly e-newsletter highlighting key new books, reports, and statistics from various OECD sources.

OECD Education Working Papers

Open Review of Educational Research

Policy Watch – Pearson UK (policy briefing and updating service on developments in the world of education)

Research in Teacher Education (University of East London, Cass School of Education & Communities)

Routledge Education Arena (check out Spotlight Journals for free access to popular issues & papers)

Taylor & Francis Open Access Information

Taylor & Francis – List of Current Open Access Journals

Teachers College Record  (journal of research, analysis, and commentary in the field of education published continuously since 1900 by Teachers College, Columbia University. Free access to some content, $20 individual subscription gets access to everything)

Teacher Leadership (free access to 2014, 2015 & 2016 Conference Papers by university lecturers/academics and school teachers)

Teaching & Learning Together in Higher Education Blog

The Sutton Trust EEF Toolkit

World Bank Research & Publications


8 Responses to Access to Research

  1. jemk1 says:

    This is really helpful thank you

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  3. Thank you for mentioning Best Evidence in Brief – we now have an archive of studies that we’ve covered (, sorted by keyword, which should help to find recent studies on particular topics. Can I also suggest the Education Evidence Portal ( which, although no longer updated with new material, is a useful, searchable database, and, finally, research published by the Department for Education (, which is variable, but contains some useful studies.

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  6. Tricia Lennie says:

    This blog is an excellent way to support the petition to make academic research more widely available.

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