Numerous scientific, peer-reviewed journals feature empirical research and theoretical reviews in various areas of consciousness studies, including transpersonal psychology, parapsychology, Psi, telepathy, retrocausality, nonlocality, hypnosis, meditation, the placebo effect, anomolous experiences, lucid dreaming and other topics. Most of those listed below are open-access, with issues available for free online. If you are aware of others that should be added, please contact us.
Consciousness and Cognition
Consciousness and Cognition provides a forum for a natural science approach to the issues of consciousness, voluntary control, and self. The journal features empirical research and theoretical reviews, aiming to be both scientifically rigorous and open to novel contributions.
International Journal of Transpersonal Studies
The International Journal of Transpersonal Studies (IJTS) is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal published semi-annually both online (freely available) and in print on demand through Lulu Press.
Archives of Clinical Psychiatry (São Paulo)
This is a mainstream Brazilian journal, published in Portuguese prior to 2014. It is a free access journal which has regularly published papers on open sciences and welcomes international papers on clinical information and clinically oriented research in human sciences, basic and clinical neuroscience and psychiatry. All issues are freely available online.
Journal of Consciousness Exploration and Research
JCER is a publication in which scientists, philosophers and other learned scholars publish their research results and express their views on the nature, origin and mechanism of consciousness. JCER employs a three-tier due diligence process in selecting submissions for publication. Hard-copy issues are available for purchase.
Journal of Consciousness Studies
Presenting serious peer-reviewed scientific and humanistic papers in non-technical language, including philosophical critiques of contemporary research, the journal welcomes submissions from all disciplines and viewpoints, encouraging a robust and lively debate on the full range of issues involved.
Journal of Nonlocality
The Journal of Nonlocality was set up to address an experimental and conceptual impasse in understanding the nature of nonlocality and observer effects in quantum mechanics. As of July 2015 the Journal is no longer accepting manuscript submissions, but will retain its archives online permanently, and will from time to time publish Special Issues or especially notable invited articles.
Journal of Parapsychology
The Journal of Parapsychology is a publication of the Rhine Research Center (RRC). Under the editorship of Dr. John Palmer, the journal includes research reports, theoretical discussions, book reviews, correspondence, and abstracts of papers from the Parapsychological Association’s annual convention. Issues are available online to members of the Parapsychology Association.
Journal of Scientific Exploration (JSE)
The JSE is the quarterly, peer-reviewed journal of the The Society of Scientific Exploration (SSE). Since 1987, the JSE has published original research on consciousness, quantum and biophysics, unexplained aerial phenomena, alternative medicine, new energy, sociology, psychology, and much more.
Journal of the Society for Pyschical Research (JSPR) (London, England)
JSPR has been published continuously since 1884, examining without prejudice or prepossession and in a scientific spirit those faculties which appear to be inexplicable on any generally recognised hypothesis. The International Association for the Preservation of Spiritalist and Occult Periodicals have begun to digitize the early issues of the JSPR, which are freely available online.
Journal of Transpersonal Psychology
The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology (JTP) is a semi-annual, peer-reviewed academic journal which is published by the Association for Transpersonal Psychology. It is widely recognized as the most substantial and authoritative periodical in the transpersonal field.
Journal of Transpersonal Research
The objective of this Journal of Transpersonal Research is to promote, bring together and disseminate the investigation of transpersonal psychology and psychotherapy, as well as other subjects related to this field.
NeuroQuantology is dedicated to supporting the interdisciplinary exploration of quantum physics and its relation to consciousness and the nervous system. All issues are available online.
Paranthropology: Journal of Anthropological Approaches to the Paranormal is a free quarterly journal devoted to the promotion of social-scientific approaches to the study of paranormal experiences, beliefs and phenomena. All issues are freely available online.
Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice
Psychology of Consciousness, from the American Psychological Association, is a cross-disciplinary journal that encompasses neuroscience, social, cognitive, experimental, and clinical psychology. It publishes articles on theory, research, methodology, and clinical applications related to the psychology of consciousness including perception, hypnosis, meditation, the placebo effect, hallucinations, anomolous experiences, lucid dreaming and other topics.
Published from 2004-2013, Psypioneer Journal covered parapsychology, spiritualism, and the psychic sciences, especially historical aspects of these subjects. Much support was given by established UK institutions such as Society for Psychical Research (SPR), College Of Psychic Studies (CPS), Spiritualists’ National Union (SNU), Churches’ Fellowship for Psychical and Spiritual Studies (CFPSS) and Psychic News (PN). Issues are available online.
A Journal of Consciousness and Transformation is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary quarterly journal issued by Heldref Publications. Topics covered include religion and spirituality, consciousness studies, psychology, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, ecology, science, and the arts.
The Rose+Croix Journal is an international, transdisciplinary, peer-reviewed online journal focused on diverse topics such as consciousness, intuition, antigravity, alternative medicine, spirituality, time travel, and other esoteric subjects.
ROSE: Research on Steiner Education
This online journal, currently published by the Rudolf Steiner University College in Norway & Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences in Germany, focuses on Rudolph Steiner's theories of anthroposophy, alternative education, and related subjects. All issues from 2010 to the present are freely available online.
Spirituality in Clinical Practice
Spirituality in Clinical Practice (SCP) is a practice-oriented journal that encompasses spiritually-oriented psychotherapy and spirituality-sensitive cultural approaches to treatment and wellness. SCP is dedicated to integrating psychospiritual and other spiritually-oriented interventions involved in psychotherapy, consultation, coaching, health, and wellness.
Syntropy Journal is an online periodical that focuses on life energy, quantum biology, consciousness, causality, retrocausality, and related subjects. It began with Issue No. 1 in 2005 and contues to be published through the present. All issues are freely available online.
Antimatters was an online journal dedicated to nonmaterialistic perspectives in science and the humanities, providing a platform for the comparative study of alternative interpretative frameworks. It was originally published by the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education, India. All issues are freely available online.
International Association for the Preservation of Spiritualist and Occult Periodicals (IAPSOP)
A collection of 37 digitized journals from the 1840’s through the 1930’s, includes many rare journals. This collection was compiled by Marc Demarest and his IAPSOP colleagues, Pat Deveney, Jay Kinney, and K. Paul Johnson and are freely available online.
European Journal of Parapsychology
After 35 years, the EJP ceased publishing (for the forseeable future) with volume 25 (2010). Volumes 19 through 25 of the journal are freely available in PDF format.
Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research (JASPR)
One of the first journals on pararpsychology and related subjects published in the US, JASPR was discontinued after nearly a century in print. The International Association for the Preservation of Spiritalist and Occult Periodicals has PDFs of Volumes 1-16 on their site and the HathiTrust Digital Library has digitized Volumes 1-16 of JASPR.
Lucidity Letter was published from 1981-1990 by the Lucidity Association, a nonprofit organization devoted to education about and research into the lucid dream and related phenomena. All issues are freely available on Dr. Jayne Gackenbach's Spiritwatch website.
Journal of Mind-Body Regulation
An peer reviewed journal focused on mind-body interaction, hypnosis, and related subjects. An archive of issues are freely available online.
Historic Holdings of the University of Freiburg Library
Dr. Eberhard Bauer and colleagues at the University of Freiburg have digitized several important journals and made them available online. These include:
Neue Wissenschaft: Zeitschrift für Grenzgebiete des Seelenlebens (New Science Periodical: Border Areas of Psychic Life)
Psychische Studien (Psychic Research)
Zeitschrift für Parapsychologie (Journal of Parapsychology)
Zeitschrift für kritischen Okkultismus und Grenzfragen des Seelenlebens (Journal of Critical Occultism and Border Issues of Mental Life)
Zeitschrift für Parapsychologie und Grenzgebiete der Psychologie (Journal of Parapsychology and Border Areas of Psychology)
Zentralblatt für Okkultismus (Central Leaf for Occultism)
E-Boletín PSI is an excellent periodical published by the Instituto de Psicologia Paranormal (Institute of Paranormal Psychology) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This periodical focuses on parapsychology, consciousness, psi, and related subjects. All issues are freely available online.
Revista Argentina de Psicologia Paranormal (Argentina Journal of Paranormal Psychology)
Argentina Journal of Paranormal Psychology was published by the Institute of Paranormal Psychology in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was focused on parapsychology, consciousness, psi, and related subjects.
Journal of Near-Death Studies
This is the only peer-reviewed scholarly journal devoted exclusively to the field of near-death studies. It is cross-disciplinary and published quarterly. Almost all the JNDS issues are in-print and can be ordered.