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New OA Resource: PhilPapers—Philosophical Research Online

PhilPapers is a comprehensive index of philosophy books and articles. PhilPapers offers unique features such as real-time indexing of pre-prints, fine-grained classification by topic, email alerts, reading lists, advanced search functionality, and discussion forums.
From the internal resource evaluation: PhilPapers is an open access, subject-based index and repository for historic and contemporary literature in philosophy, supported by the Canadian non-profit PhilPapers Foundation, and developed and operated by the Centre for Digital Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario.”
PhilPapers consists of three parts:

  1. Comprehensive index to philosophical literature called PhilPapers;
  2. PhilArchive, a growing collection of Open Access texts hosted by PhilPapers;
  3. And a set of social networking tools, including PhilPeople, PhilEvents, and PhilJobs.

The PhilPapers index provides browseable and searchable citations to nearly 2.5 million items. PhilArchive is an open access e-print repository for philosophical literature. It contains about 35,000 texts, which are harvested from open access archives, uploaded by authors, or extracted from registered websites. PhilPeople is a social network for working philosophers, providing opportunities for collaboration, and providing an automated reader’s advisory and alerting service (through email and RSS feeds), which matches new work to a subscribed user’s stated interests.
Creating a personal account allows the user to create a profile in the PhilPeople network.           All campuses; on the PhilPapers platform

Off-Campus Access:  The PhilPapers index as an OA resource has additional functionality when accessed via a campus IP address or when logged in using a user-created personal account affiliated with the campus.  Although off-campus authentication is not required to access the resource content on the PhilPapers platform, authenticating via IP will give a more consistent user experience when accessing external subscribed content from the PhilPapers search results for all campuses.
Basically, creating an account so users can access external subscribed content without being on a campus will only be useful for campuses using proxy servers; VPN users will still bump into authentication problems when they try to access external content when using a personal account from a non-campus IP.
UCSB’s Gary Colmenar ( is the Resource Liaison for PhilPapers.