[KS] Korean academic journals online

Frank Hoffmann hoffmann at koreanstudies.com
Sun May 31 20:57:52 EDT 2015

Let me add a note about the "Korea Citation Index":

The index very useful to as a bibliographical search engine, but much 
less so to find "free" *full-text* versions of articles. This does in 
no way REPLACE commercial databases such as dbpia.co.kr and others 
(even RISS charges for many -- obviously, and naturally so, because 
publishers need to make some profit somewhere). 

But here are a few little practical tips -- an EXAMPLE:

Korea Citation Index
I type the name one of a well established Korean art history journal in 
the search window:
Looking at the list of articles I then get, the FIRST one that shows as 
"downloadable" (PDF) is #6 -- with that "KCI원문" tag, as Brother 
Anthony explained.
--> "고대 동남아시아의 귀걸이 전통과 그 영향"
However, dbpia.co.kr, for example, offers them ALL as downloadable PAID 
See e.g. #2 in that list: 
"초상에 담지 못한 사대부의 삶: 이명기와 김홍도의 <徐直修肖像>"
--> http://goo.gl/gQ8VYZ
5,000원 is hefty for a single article, if you are not at an institution 
that subscribes to such an commercial service.

So, here come my three tips:

(1) Very many of these journals do have their sub-pages (home pages) at 
whatever institution publishes the journal. If this is a journal from 
your own field of study, you may spend a little time to find the home 
page of the journal, and then just download the articles you are 
interested in there, for free -- not always but very often possible. 
For THIS example this would be:

Sometimes these article postings at the institutions are also indexed 
by Google, but often the Web admins have added a "index" tag to the 
folders that contain them, exactly because they also distribute them 
for a fee over those commercial sites. With the above example, this 
seems the case -- a Google search leaves me without luck. In short, 
with journals you expect to have published several important articles 
for your field of interest, it does make sense to spend some time to 
look for their home pages, and then bookmark the sites for future 

(2) If you know the home pages of the journal or the publishing 
institution that an article you try to get the full-text PDF for, you 
can much faster find it by limiting a Google search to the that domain 
and the actual file. Just put the domain name PLUS : at the beginning 
of your search into the Google search window.

(3) The "National Digital Library" (국가전자도서관) has a wonderful 
search engine that searches in various full-texts databases of various 
Korean institutions and then shows you exactly (on top) how many 
entries it found and where -- and then it links directly to them. Not 
always to the free versions, though -- as in our above example. But all 
over I found this to be an amazingly (!!!) useful search engine.


Frank Hoffmann

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