A subject directory of Internet resources tailored to the university community.
Each subject guide provides an annotated listing of the best general sites as
well as specialised and advanced tools.
African Journals OnLine (AJOL)
A programme of INASP - the International Network for the Availability of
Scientific Publications - AJOL promotes the awareness and use of
African-published journals in the sciences, medicine, agriculture, humanities
and social sciences by providing access to tables of contents (TOCs) and
abstracts on the Internet, links to full text (if available) plus document
delivery of paper articles, subsidised (to less developed countries). AJOL
already includes 200 journals published in Africa. Journals are accepted on the
basis of their quality of content and proven record of regular publication.
The Berkeley Electronic Press (bepress) makes its current journals freely
available to researchers in the developing world. Interested parties should
send a request on institutional letterhead. Details of titles can be found at
Bioline International is a not-for-profit electronic publishing service
committed to providing access to quality research journals published in
developing countries. Explicit goal of reducing the South to North knowledge
gap. Publishes in the following areas: health (tropical medicine, infectious
diseases, epidemiology, emerging new diseases), biodiversity, the environment,
conservation and international development. Features 30 peer-reviewed journals
from Brazil, Cuba, India, Indonesia, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe.
Many journals are available free of charge.
BUBL Information Service
A national (UK oriented) information service for the higher education
community. Links to over 10,000 quality Internet resources covering all subject
areas, and sub-divided by type. Search or browse. Excellent for tracking down
Cooperative Africana Microform
A joint effort by research
libraries throughout the world and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) to
promote the preservation of publications and archives of Sub-Saharan Africa and
make these material materials available to researchers in microform.
Cooperative African Newspapers
A new project to create an electronic database of holdings information for
newspapers (all formats and all languages) published in sub-Saharan Africa.
Initially it will consolidate holdings information for collections in North
America, but will later expand to include holdings of libraries in Africa,
Europe, and elsewhere. The project is sponsored by the Africana Librarians
Council (ALC) of the [US] African Studies Association, and the Cooperative
Africana Microform Project (CAMP) of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL).
Directory of Open Access Journals
Developed by Lund University Libraries and supported by the Information
Program of the Open Society Institute (http://www.osi.hu/infoprogram/) along with
SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, (http://www.arl.org/sparc), the directory contains information on open access journals, i.e. quality
controlled scientific and scholarly electronic journals that are freely
available on the web. There are now 1148 journals in the directory of which 310
journals are searchable on article level with 54661articles are included in the
DOAJ service. The service will continue to grow as new journals are identified.
Directory of Published Conference Proceedings
Since 1965, InterDok has identified resulting material from 280,000+ conferences, congresses, meetings & symposia. The
database can be searched free, but the proceedings are not available in full text for free.
Eldis is an internet based information service: filtering, structuring and presenting development information via the web and email. It maintains an ever-growing library of editorially selected and abstracted online documents, and an organisational directory of development-related internet services.
Search for e-journals at this site using keywords, or browse e-journals by
title or by LC subject headings; you can limit searches to (i) free
publications, (2) peer-reviewed publications. Hosted by the Colorado Alliance
of Research Libraries. The database currently contains 6,960 titles. An
The Electronic Journals Library is a
service offered by the University Library of Regensburg to facilitate the use
of scholarly journals on the Internet. At the moment, it contains 19540 titles,
among them 2195 online-only journals, covering all subjects. 7414 journals can
be read free-of-charge. Currently 264 libraries and research institutions make
use of this service
Supply of Academic Publications to and from universities in developing regions'
A project of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) in cooperation with the International Federation of Catholic
Universities (IFCU), SAP aims to set up a sustainable electronic document
delivery systems for scholarly publications between universities in the North
and the South as well as on a South-South basis, and thus assist in the supply
of academic publications to as well as from the developing world.
E-LIS is an open access archive for scientific or technical documents, published
or unpublished, on Librarianship, Information Science and Technology, and
related disciplines. It offers free access to "e-prints in library and
information science" research papers.
FreeForAll is a consortium of North American libraries that provides free journal articles to patrons/librarians in developing and less developed
nations. To register please email Laurelkgraham@gmail.com. Ordering is done through
Google Scholar enables you to search
specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses,
books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of
research. Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic
publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as
well as scholarly articles available across the web."
Information Literacy - Sources
From Sköde University Library in Sweden, this is a valuable and substantial
collection of Web sites and resources devoted to information literacy,
including information literacy education, instruction, tutorials, standards,
models, programmes, and more. Links are grouped by Web sites,
articles/conference papers/monographs, bibliographies, and mailing lists and
The journals and newsletters listed here all include at least a
sample of papers or news items that are freely accessible. Sites that simply
provide the contents lists of journals that are not freely accessible are not
Information Management Resource Kit (IMARK) is an e-learning initiative in agricultural information management developed by FAO and partner organisations.It aims to train individuals in the effective management of agricultural information.IMARK learning materials are being developed as a series of modules on CD-ROM available free of charge, supplemented by an Internet-based online community, providing a virtual discussion forum for contributors and learners to exchange views, share information and request help from each other. Modules currently available: Management of Electronic Documents;Investing in Agricultural Information; Building Electronic Communities and Networks; Digitization and Digital Libraries.
Institute/Nordiska Afrikainstitutet (NAI)
Encourages and conducts scientific research and studies on Africa in the Nordic
countries and promotes co-operation between African and Nordic researchers.
Maintains an extensive library and documentation centre, which can be accessed
from its website
Founded and edited by John Mark Ockerbloom and hosted by the
University of Pennsylvania Library, Online Books is a website that
facilitates access to 20,000 books that are freely readable over the Internet.
It also aims to encourage the development of such online books, for the benefit
and edification of all. Users can search and browse by New Listings, Author,
Title and Subject.
Open Access Bibliography: (PDF) Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open
Access Journals presents over 1,300 selected
English-language books, conference papers (including some digital video
presentations), debates, editorials, e-prints, journal and magazine articles,
news articles, technical reports, and other printed and electronic sources that
are useful in understanding the open access movement's efforts to provide free
access to and unfettered use of scholarly literature. Most sources have been
published between 1999 and August 31, 2004; however, a limited number of key
sources published prior to 1999 are also included. Where possible, links are
provided to sources that are freely available on the Internet (approximately 78
percent of the bibliography's references have such links).This bibliography has
been published as a printed book (ISBN 1-59407-670-7) by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).
The World's Largest Open Access English Language Journals Portal - OPEN J-Gate is an electronic gateway to global
journal literature in open access domain. Open J-Gate provides seamless access to millions of journal articles
available online, with links to
full text at publisher sites.
Pinakes: A Subject Launchpad
Hosted by Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, this is a useful shortcut
bringing together links to 38 of the principal, high-quality subject gateways,
together with 10 multi-subject gateways.
Nuclear Information Center (Brazil) maintains a portal to ease the identification
and access to free journals available on the Internet. It is the Portal LivRe!
(Free ! ), nowadays registering 2,525 free journals. There is a multi-lingual search interface allowing the use of
Portuguese, English and Spanish.
This project digitises books which are in the public domain and puts
them online free of charge. It was founded in 1971 and has so far published
7,500 e-books. Gutenburg is aiming for 10,000 by the end of this year and a
million by the end of 2016. Please visit this website to view the e-books
Renardus allows users to find Internet resources selected according to quality
criteria and carefully described by Subject Gateways from several European
countries. The Renardus partner gateways cover about 64000 predominantly
digital web-based resources from within most areas of academic interest, mainly
written in English.
Réseau électronique francophone
This guide and network offers a very large number of links - searchable by
subject or geographically - to information about the countries of the South -
particularly francophone Africa - including educational institutions, research
organisations, media, cultural sites, etc.
Resource Discovery Network
The Resource Discovery Network (RDN) is a free Internet service dedicated to
providing effective access to outstanding Internet resources, primarily aimed
at users in further and higher education. A series of resource catalogues
contain descriptions of high-quality Internet sites, selected and described by
specialists from within the UK academia and affiliated organisations. Various
value-added services, such as Web tutorials, subject-specific training materials,
and alerting services, are also provided to enable users to make the best use
of the Internet. The RDC is co-ordinated by the Resource Discovery Network
Centre (RDNC) at the University of Bath, and King's College London. http://www.rdn.ac.uk/training/
Scholarly Publishing and
Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
SPARC is an alliance of academic and research libraries and organisations
working to correct market dysfunctions in the scholarly communication system.
Developed by Association of Research Libraries (ARL) SPARC serves as a catalyst
for change. Its pragmatic focus is to facilitate the emergence of systems that
capitalise on the networked environment to disseminate research. Its strategies
expand competition and support open access to address the high and rising cost
of scholarly journals, especially in science and technology, and medicine – a
trend which inhibits the advancement of scholarship.
of Scientific and Technological Information Needs in Less-Developed and
This International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, Section
of Science and Technology Libraries Web sitebrings together journal articles,
publications, reports, conference proceedings, research, and Web sites on the
needs of scientific and technological libraries in less-developed and
developing countries. The literature survey includes both the activities of
scientific and technological libraries as well as the needs of scientists and
technologists and the implication on libraries. Due to its multi-disciplinary
nature and the number of publications, this survey cannot include all relevant
literature; its aim is to include representative literature covering all
pertinent aspects and disciplines. Geographic coverage includes Africa, Asia,
and South America. Languages concentrate on the five official IFLA languages:
English, French, German, Russian, and Spanish. The literature search focuses on
the fields of library and information science, and the subject disciplines of
computer science, physics, chemistry, mathematics, astronomy, and geology
The UNESCO catalog lists over 100,000
UNESCO documents and provides access to the full text of many of these.
3. SUBJECT SPECIFIC
See also Agriculture and Related
This Directory provides access to a wide range of information on
rural development. It contains profiles of more than 450 international,
regional and national networks and organisations around the globe, and is
particularly concerned to promote South-South information dissemination and
interchange. Each entry provides contact details and a brief description of the
organisation, highlighting its objectives, activities, subject areas of interest
and geographical coverage.
Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture (PIPRA)
PIPRA is a non-profit organization committed to the strategic management of agricultural intellectual property developed
by universities and research institutions world-wide, encouraging the broadest commercial and humanitarian applications
of agricultural technologies for the development of improved crops. PIPRA offers a wide number of services supportive of
the management of agricultural intellectual property, access to ag-biotechnologies, and development of biotechnology
research tools and products. PIPRA's publicly available, on-line IP database consolidates information, including
licensing availability, of agricultural technologies accessible for research and development.
AND LIFE SCIENCE
for Microbiology (ASM)
The eleven journals of the American Society for Microbiology are now available
full-text online without cost through PubMedCentral. Embargo periods range from
Compiled by staff at the Library of Ecology, the National Resource
Library of Biological Sciences at Lund University in Sweden, this is a portal
to "our 1,000 best links in the biological sciences." Search, or
browse by 11 broad subject categories in the biological sciences, which are
divided into sub-groups showing the number of links for each.
BioOne is the product of collaboration
between scientific societies, libraries, academe and the private sector and
brings to the Web an aggregation of the full-texts of high-impact bioscience
research journals. Most of BioOne's titles are published by small societies and
non-commercial publishers, and, until now, have been available only in printed
form. BioOne provides integrated, cost-effective access to a thoroughly linked
information resource of interrelated journals focused on the biological,
ecological and environmental sciences.
E-BioSci is EMBO's initiative to set up a platform providing services relating
to access and retrieval of digital information in the life sciences, ranging
from bibliographic or factual data to published full text.
Electronic Journal of Biotechnology
Electronic Journal of Biotechnology is an international scientific electronic
journal which publishes papers from all areas related to Biotechnology.
Coverage ranges from molecular biology and the chemistry of biological process
to aquatic and earth environmental aspects, as well as computational
applications, policy and ethical issues directly related to Biotechnology. EJB
operates a policy that permits the widest possible distribution of information
and use, without profit and free of charge by the scientific and academic
Established in 1988 as a national resource for molecular biology information,
NCBI creates public databases, conducts research in computational biology,
develops software tools for analysing genome data, and disseminates biomedical
information - all for the better understanding of molecular processes affecting
human health and disease.
Journal of Biology
The Journals of Biology is a new international journal, published by
BioMed Central, which provides immediate open access to research articles of
the highest standard, similar to those published by Nature, Science or Cell.
Unlike the latter, all research articles published in Journal of Biology will
be permanently available free of charge and without restrictions, ensuring the
widest possible dissemination of the work.
Publishes papers in all aspects of the biology of insects and other arthropods
from the molecular to the ecological, and their agricultural and medical
impact. An international journal published by the University of Arizona
Library. Freely available to individuals and institutions via the Web. No cost
inclusion of colour figures, videos, sound and large data sets.
PubMed Central is an open access web-based archive of journal
literature for all of the life sciences. It is being developed by the National
Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the U.S. National Library of
American Chemical Society
The world's largest scientific society, is broadening access to research articles published in its 33 scholarly journals. The Society is introducing two new experimental policies, coming into effect during 2005, that define how readers can view free digital versions of ACS articles beginning one year after publication. Unrestricted access via author-directed links 12 months after publication are to be provided in addition to the 50 free e-prints currently allowed during the first year of publication.
Chemistry Web Resources
A compilation of resources (by Ghirma Moges) useful to support teaching and
research in the field of analytical chemistry, including technical and
specialised databases, encyclopaedias and dictionaries, journals, university
departments, organisations, societies, chemical companies and manufacturers,
news sources, and much more. There is also a special section devoted to
'Chemistry in Africa' with links to educational and research materials, online
textbooks, and other tools and resources for students.
ChemWeb's chemistry preprint server is a freely available and permanent Web
archive and distribution medium for scientific research articles in the field
of chemistry. It allows users to submit their articles to the server where they
become accessible to all the members of ChemWeb.com. Membership is free.
The datasets associated with journals published by the Union of Crystallography
(IUCr) can be accessed free of charge from its website. Through Crystallography
Online IUCr aims to provide extensive coverage of current and internet-based
information concerning crystallography and of interest to crystallographers.
This includes access to over 50 wide ranging specialist subject databases.
International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Provides an advanced forum for chemistry, molecular physics (chemical physics
and physical chemistry) and molecular biology. Publishes reviews, regular
research papers and short notes. Encourages scientists to publish their
theoretical and experimental details in as much detail as possible - there is
no restriction on the length of the papers. Free to access to all users in its
An internet journal of synthetic chemistry and natural product chemistry.
Reviews, regular research papers and notes are considered. Our aim is to
encourage chemists to publish as much as possible their experimental detail,
particularly synthetic procedures and characterisation information. There is no
restriction on the length of the experimental section. Free access to all
articles to all users, online.
A cluster of databases on toxicology,
hazardous chemicals, and related areas with free to access abstracts plus links
to a range of related NLM sites.
WWW Chemistry Guide
Comprehensive and evaluated guide to web sites related to chemistry and the chemical industry. Its mission consists in
collecting and independently annotating all useful chemistry sites.
Center for International Earth
Science Information Network (CIESIN)
CIESIN is a centre within the
Earth Institute at Columbia University. CIESIN works at the intersection of the
social, natural, and information sciences, and specialises in on-line data and
information management, spatial data integration and training, and
interdisciplinary research related to human interactions in the environment.
CGSD (Center for Globalization and Sustainable Development) and CIESIN Data
Sets are available on http://www.ciesin.columbia.edu/eidata/
ICSU Navigator for Primary and
Scientific Publications - Earth Sciences
This gateway site covers all disciplines in the earth sciences and contains
descriptions of nearly 1,500 titles. Search capabilities include context and
keyword search. There is also a links section to publishers most active in the
earth sciences field.
The Online Computing Research Repository (CoRR) serves as a single repository
to which researchers from the whole field of computing can submit papers and
reports to increase visibility and access. Available to all members of the
community at no charge.
EEVL: The Internet Guide to Engineering, Mathematics and
This portal provides quick access to the best engineering, mathematics, and
computing information sources available on the Internet. Resources were
selected, catalogued, classified and subject-indexed by a team of experts and
Engineering Information Sources
and Access - EISA-2
Eisa-2 is a quick Web access tool designed for engineering students,
particularly for upper division undergraduates, containing basis sources,
search techniques, and tools that every graduating engineer should know,
together with self-paced tutorials. In addition the program is also well suited
for beginning graduate students, practising engineers, and anyone interested in
learning how to effectively search for information on the Web in
Information Service for Earthquake Engineering (NISEE)
Based at UC Berkeley, this is an online collection of abstracts, reports,
books, slides and images free to access. Large selection of software programmes
available for free download.
National Technical Information Service
The US Department of Commerce, National Technical Information Service
(NTIS) has begun electronic delivery of all its reports dating to 1997. Reports
numbering fewer than 20 pages are free; those over 20 pages are $8.95. The
scanned reports appear in Adobe PDF.
Society' is a
peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal that aims to promote work on the theory
and practice of conservation. The journal is dedicated to publishing work from
both natural and social sciences and covers basic and applied research. The
journal is committed to disseminating information in the developing world. Free
online access is available for all articles and hard copy subscriptions are
highly subsidised for Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Environmental Health Perspectives
EHP is an open access journal, supported by the US National
Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health,
publishing peer-reviewed research and news on environmental factors which
affect human health, environmental health science, toxicology, environmental
health care and environmental/occupational medicine. EHP is freely available to
everyone online immediately after publication.
Environmental Protection Agency
Access to scientific information that may
be useful in understanding and protecting the environment including access to
research publications and technical documents, test methods, data, software,
models, and other scientific tools plus access to laboratories, research
centres, and other EPA scientific organisations.
See also Resource Management
The Humbul Humanities Hub provides a searchable catalogue of online Humanities
resources as part of the Resource Discovery Network. The Humbul Humanities Hub
discovers, evaluates and catalogues online resources in the humanities of use
to students, teachers and researchers in UK higher and further education.
Currently Humbul has 29 top-level subjects, including African and Latin
American Studies, History, Philosophy, Archaeology and Religion & Theology
Voice of the Shuttle
This is a good starting point for humanities research and Internet resources.
Search or browse by broad subject groups; also university home pages, libraries
and museums, reference resources, journals, publishers, and more; maintained by
Alan Liu, University of California at Santa Barbara.
AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES (ICTs)
All university libraries in countries not listed in the World Bank's list of
high income economies can be granted free subscriptions to the high-quality electronic journals
Communications of AIS (http://cais.aisnet.org/) and the Journal of
Bellanet Initiative - Global Development Connections
The Bellanet initiative works with the development community to use ICTs more
effectively to broaden collaboration, increase participation, and transparency
of action of facilitate the diffusion of lessons learned.
Good annotated online bibliography of selected articles, books, and digital
documents on information technology; also offers an article search.
Electronic Journal on
Information Systems in Developing Countries (EJISDC)
A publication by the City University of Hong Kong in association with two
Dutch universities, this journal is dedicated to the problems and opportunities
in information systems in developing countries—and to assist policy makers to
share knowledge and experience in the design, development, implementation,
management and evaluation of such systems. Access to full-text articles is
free, and which are provided as Adobe pdf files.
Journal of Machine
Learning Research (JMLR)
Provides an international forum for the electronic and paper publication of
high-quality scholarly articles in all areas of machine learning. Free access
to all articles to all users, online.
Funded by USAID, LearnLink uses information, communication and educational
technologies to strengthen learning systems essential for sustainable
development. Offers a good range of online resources that pertain to the use of
modern communication technology and multimedia, including computer assisted
instruction, distance education, community communication centres, and
TerraLib is a GIS classes and functions
library, available from the Internet as open source, allowing a collaborative
environment and its use for the development of multiple GIS tools. Its main aim
is to enable the development of a new generation of GIS applications, based on
the technological advances on spatial databases. TerraLib is free software
available to any users wishing to download it.
& Geometric Topology
AGT is a fully refereed journal covering all of topology, understood broadly.
AGT is published in free electronic format by Geometry and Topology
Publications, with papers appearing a few days after acceptance. AGT is freely available
online to all users.
SPARC partner mathematics journal co-hosted between the University of
Beielefeld in Germany and The University of Urbana in the US. (for more details
about SPARC, please see below). All articles are free to access for all users.
DML: Digital Mathematics Library
This site, prepared and maintained by Ulf Rehmann, contains links to 1822
digitized maths books (361524 pages) and 126 digitized maths journals (2609672
pages) searchable by author or title.
e-Math for Africa
The aim of this site is to coordinate the efforts to make an African consortium for e-journals and databases.It includes 200+ links to open journals in mathematics and access to several mathematics databases.
Fully refereed international journal dealing with all aspects of geometry and
topology and their applications. Geometry and Topology is free to access to all
users in its electronic format.
International Mathematics Union (IMU)
Free access to Bulletins and Newsletters from the International Methematics Unions and its members.
The newsletter aims to improve communication between IMU and the worldwide mathematical community, by reporting decisions and
recommendations of IMU, and highlighting issues that are under discussion. In addition, IMU-Net will report on major international
mathematical events and developments, and on other topics of general mathematical interest. Also of interest are the Electronic World
Directory of Mathematicians and the Federated World Directory of Mathematicians (FWDM).
Permanent web archive and rapid distribution medium for research articles in
the field of mathematics. The preprint server is open to all users and will
include final-version articles as well as reports on work in progress.
Additionally, articles can be ranked and commented on in discussion threads.
Authors are free to update or withdraw their preprints from the server, as well
as to submit their articles for publication to their preferred journal. Users
can freely browse and search the website but will be asked to login upon
submitting preprints. Since 24 May 2004 MPS has stopped accepting new
submissions but will remain a freely available and permanent web archive for
those mathematics research articles already submitted.
Joint project between Cornell University
and SPARC, Project Euclid's mission is to advance scholarly communication in
the field of theoretical and applied mathematics and statistics. Project Euclid
hopes to address the unique needs of low-cost independent and society journals.
Through a collaborative partnership arrangement, these publishers join forces
and participate in an online presence with advanced functionality, without
sacrificing their intellectual or economic independence or commitment to low
subscription prices. Full-text searching, reference linking, interoperability
through the Open Archives Initiative, and long-term retention of data are all
important components of the project.
World Digital Mathematics Library
The Committee on Electronic Information and Communication (CEIC) of the
International Mathematical Union has made a commitment to coordinate efforts to
achieve a world-wide digital library. The aim of this ongoing project is to
digitize the past mathematical literature in order to make it available online
whilst at the same time linking it to current literature in suitable ways.
AND HEALTH SCIENCES
The scientific publications of the American Medical Association, through HINARI (Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative)
http://www.healthinternetwork.net/, are made available to the poorer countries of the world at very low rates. Scientific journal titles include: The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA); Archives of Dermatology; Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery; Archives of General Psychiatry; Archives of Internal Medicine; Archives of Neurology; Archives of Ophthalmology; Archives of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery; Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine and Archives of Surgery.
All of Bentham Science's journals published in the year 2000, 2001 and 6 months
of 2002 are now available FREE on-line in full text PDF form in collaboration
with INGENTA. This unique offer is ONLY available in the year 2004.
BioMed Central offers online publishing of articles in all areas of
original biomedical research with full peer review and open access. Submission
is online and authors retain copyright. All original articles are published in
one of the BioMed Central journals (over 100 Open Access journals covering all
areas of Biology and Medicine), as well as being posted without delay on PubMed
Central and indexed in PubMed.
Free access to the electronic version of the British Medical Journal Publishing
Group's 25 specialist journals now including Evidence-based journals. These are
freely accessible to anybody in the 100 poorest countries in the world. Users
should follow the standard subscription procedures as the BMJ subscription
system will automatically recognise the origin of access. See also http://www.bmjpg.com/template.cfm?name=specjou&startrow=15
Free to search Abstract database from the US National Cancer Institute.
CHID - Combined
Health Information Database
Bibliographic database produced by health-related agencies of the US
Government. This database provides titles, abstracts, and availability
information for health information and health education resources. Coverage
includes AIDS, Cancer and Health Promotion & Education. CHID lists a wealth
of health promotion and education materials and program descriptions that are
not indexed elsewhere.
DynaMed is a clinical reference with more than 1800 topics. For each topic, using a standardised template and outline format, clinically relevant evidence is summarised. Summaries are updated daily as a significant volume of research literature is systematically monitored to understand the
methods -- see www.dynamicmedical.com/policy
.For information on access procedures, e-mail email@example.com and for information on contributing as a reviewer or author, e-mail
ERA - Electronic
An international health and e-print server
organised by The Lancet. Through ERA, The Lancet is committed to making
educational resources accessible to clinicians in resource-poor countries. This
electronic research archive in international health enables authors to
self-archive research relevant to medicine in the developing world, with
subsequent comments on the research posted alongside.
Taking its name from the fact that it comprises journals that are 'extra' to
MEDLINE, ExtraMED focuses on over 300 journals that are largely excluded from
the international indexes. The ExtraMED Consortium of Journals was originally
selected through WHO's various Index Medicus projects. It is thus by far the
largest source of full text biomedical literature from developing countries.
Provides the database to developing country users for free or at very low cost.
The AMEDEO Group are now making many important medical textbooks
available online, free and in full-text. 1 Currently 600 titles are included in
the service, sorted by speciality and title. FreeBooks4Doctors! also provides a
free alert service as new titles are added.
The Free Medical Journals Site is dedicated to the promotion of free
access to medical journals over the Internet. Currently1380 full-text journals
sorted by subject, language, and title, as well as highlight free journals with
high impact factors. There is also a mailing list to alert you as new free journals
are added to their list.
Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research
Collection of open access and free
journals in a wide range of medical disciplines.
InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI)
HINARI provides a vast library of the latest and best information on
public health: more than 2,000 scientific publications, one of the world's
largest collections of biomedical literature.
Press: Sources of free On-Line full text articles and journals
HighWire Press work with scholarly societies and responsible publishers to host
their content online. They do not own the material, nor do they set the
journals' policies. HighWire contains 742,863 free full-text
articles as of July 2004. HighWire Press at Stanford University develops and
maintains the Web versions of important journals in biomedicine and other
disciplines. A list of journals with free full-text articles online is
available. See also http://www.highwire.org/lists/devecon.dtl lists
the journals published online with the assistance of HighWire Press which offer
free online access to current content (not just back issues) to all countries
that appear in the World Bank's list of "low income economies" (plus
Researchers in the developing
world are provided with free online
access to this unique bimonthly journal
dedicated to providing a forum for the publication of primary research and
reviews relating to the application of genomic research in drug discovery and
medicine. Detailed subject areas covered by the journal include:
pharmacogenomics, association studies, functional genomics, expression
profiling, proteomics, bioinformatics, animal models, statistical genetics,
genetic epidemiology and human population genetics. For more information on the
journal see If you would like more information on registering for free access
please contact Liz Caldwell:
INASP-Health is a cooperative network of
more than 1000 organisations and individuals worldwide, working together to
improve access to relevant, reliable information for health professionals in
developing and emerging countries. Participation is free of charge and without
obligation. INASP-Health provides the following services for the international
health information community:
A Gateway to selected Web sites of special interest to health professionals,
medical library communities, publishers, and NGOs in developing and
transitional countries. It covers General Resources (search engines, gateways,
bibliographic databases, abstracts, clinical trials databases, research
networks, dictionaries, glossaries, disease classifications, evidence based
medicine, full-text E-books, image collections, journals, newsletters, medical
education resources, news, useful email lists, and WHO sites); plus Subject
Index (e.g. Anaesthesiology, Basic Sciences, Dermatology, HIV/AIDS etc.); plus
Library and Publishing Support and Use of ICTs (Information for Development, Internet Skills,
Medical Informatics/E-Health, Publishing Tools).
India’s contribution in the areas of biomedical research and health care has
been significant and conforming to international standards. However, only a
small fraction of it is available for reference through international
bibliographic databases. In an effort to redress this imbalance, the National
Informatics Centre of India has developed INDMED. Initially this site offers
access to the tables of contents and abstracts of 75 leading Indian journals.
More journals would be added to the list as their quality improves in coming
years. Access to this database is free and open to all users. See also http://medind.nic.in/
for a one point resource of peer reviewed Indian biomedical literature covering
full text of IndMED journals.
Journal of Medical Internet Research
Founded in 1999, is the first international scientific peer-reviewed journal on
all aspects of research, information and communication in the healthcare field
using Internet and Intranet-related technologies. Free access to all articles
to all users, online. Full text content of the journal is also available from
Journal of Nursing Leadership
The complete version of this peer-reviewed leadership, management and best practices journal is available in electronic format for use by faculty and students at no charge. Access by all computers on an institution's network is set up through IP Authentication. For further details contact:
A multidisciplinary quarterly biomedical journal, is one of the oldest medical
journals from India. The journal is official publication of the Staff Society
of Seth G. S. Medical College and K. E. M. Hospital, Mumbai, India. The website
of the journal provides free access to full text of articles from 1990. Free
access to all articles to all users, online.
Medical handbooks(55)available in pdf to
medical libraries in the developing world at no charge.
MedicalStudent.com is described as a digital library of authoritative medical
information for all students of medicine. It is meant to serve as a "pico
portal" for users interested in quality medical resources on the Internet.
Contains over 250 medical textbooks arranged alphabetically in topics from
Anatomy to Urology. Each textbook included is free to use, in part or in whole
England Journal of Medicine
The New England Journal of Medicine is available to over 60
countries (listed on their web site) under its "Access for Low-Income
Countries" program. Users from these countries will be recognised
automatically by their IP addresses and allowed access to full text without
POPLINE, the world's largest bibliographic database on population, family
planning, and related issues, is now available free of charge on the Internet.
All 280,000 citations, representing published and unpublished literature, can
be accessed for no charge. Individuals from developing countries can request up to 15 fulltext documents per day through the document delivery service.
A research partnership between the Office of International Surgery at the
University of Toronto and members of the Association of Surgeons of East Africa
(ASEA), combines the provision of access to high quality electronic health
information with a process to evaluate its impact for the participants. It aims
to answer the question, does access to full-text health information have a
positive effect on surgical practice, teaching and research in East Africa.
PubMed, a service of the National Library
of Medicine, includes over 14 million citations for biomedical articles back to
the 1950's. These citations are from MEDLINE and additional life science
journals. PubMed includes links to many sites providing full text articles and
other related resources. To access the full text available, please make sure
that the box "Free full-text only" is ticked when you perform your
The U.S. National Library of Medicine's digital archive of life sciences
journal literature claims to offer open access to over 80,000 articles from
over 100 journals. Access to much of the full text on PMC is free and
unrestricted. A journal may make its content available in PMC as soon as it is
published, or it may delay its release in PMC for a specified period after
initial publication. Current PMC journals have delays ranging up to two years,
with most releasing their material six months or less after publication.
Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK)
The Royal College of Psychiatrists allows free access to the online full-text
version of its three journals ('British Journal of Psychiatry', 'Psychiatric
Bulletin' and 'Advances in Psychiatric Treatment') to 75 different developing
SciELO Public Health
Public Health is an electronic library online covering health
science articles published by scientific journals. Its primary goal is to
provide universal and integrated access to scientific journals in the health
science area within Ibero-American countries.
Forty-eight non-profit publishers of 380 journals each year,
representing more than 600,000 members of medical and scientific societies, and
posting 800,000 articles on line each year, of which more than 440,000 are
free, have signed the "Washington DC Principles for Free Access to
Science," whose gist is:
Selected important articles
of interest are free online from the time of publication;
The full text of our journals
is freely available to everyone worldwide either immediately or within months
of publication, depending on each publisher's business and publishing
The content of our journals
is available free to scientists working in many low-income nations;
A list of the journals can be
found at http://www.dcprinciples.org/signatories.htm
WHO Medicines Bookshelf CD-ROM
This CD ROM contains over 350 medicines-related publications, in English,
French and Spanish, taken primarily from materials published by the World
Health Organisation's Department of Essential Drugs and Medicines Policy (EDM).
It covers:- access to essential medicines - rational use of medicines -
national drug policy - quality and safety issues - traditional medicine. Core
publications from other sources are also included. For those in areas where
Internet access is particularly slow or is unavailable, the Bookshelf has been
designed to serve as a self-contained medicines' information resource. The
Library includes the WHO Model Formulary, and the Library interface serves as a
seamless gateway to a wide range of useful web sites, such as WHO clinical
guidelines and United Nations price information resources. The Bookshelf is
available free of charge. For a copy, please write to: EDM Documentation
Centre, Department of Essential Drugs and Medicines Policy, Health Technology
and Pharmaceuticals, World Health Organization, Avenue Appia 20 CH-1211 Geneva
27 Switzerland E-mail:
Reproductive Health Library
Now in its seventh edition, this electronic review journal focuses on
evidence-based solutions to reproductive health problems. RHL includes
the full text of systematic reviews produced by the Cochrane Collaboration,
with commentaries on implications for practice, as well as the Lancet
epidemiology series on randomised controlled trials, videos on implementation,
and other resources to help improve reproductive health. A subscription to the
WHO Reproductive Health Library is free to individuals in developing countries
by sending the request to the e-mail address:
Ground-breaking pre-print server in selected physics, computer science, maths
and neuroscience disciplines. Contains 100,000's articles submitted by members
of the user community. Free access to all papers to all users.
Over 650,000 bibliographic records, including 320,000 fulltext
documents, of interest to people working in particle physics and related areas.
Covers preprints, articles, books, journals, photographs, and much more.
A refereed solely electronic journal offering reviews in all areas of
relativity, including an extensive reference database. Published by the Albert
Einstein Institute Max-Planck-Institute for gravitational physics in Germany.
Free access to all articles to all users, online.
Astrophysics Data System
The Astrophysics Data System (ADS) is a NASA-funded project that
provides free access to over 300,000 free full-text articles in astronomy and
astrophysics. Most of the major astronomical journals are included. In many
cases articles published in the current year are not available through ADS.
Articles are available in PDF, GIF, or other electronic formats.
New Journal of Physics
New Journal of Physics is co-owned by the Institute of Physics and Deutsche
Physikalische Gesellschaft, and is supported by a growing number of physical
societies around the world. NJP is available without charge to readers and is
funded by article charges from authors of published papers.
Best of Science
The Best of Science is a free-access scientific publication
of preprints and peer-reviewed articles. It is publishing in five major fields
split in thousands of special areas: Exact Sciences, Technologies, Biological
Sciences, Medical Sciences and Human Sciences. Best of Science authors pay for
the publishing process of papers and preprints. Fees are low and especially
adapted to respond to the geographical origins of the authors. Papers can be
published 1 week after reception. Access to the journal is wholly free.
Consortium-based hub providing access to quality resources on the Internet in
the fields of agriculture, food, forestry, pharmaceutical sciences, medicine,
nursing, dentistry, biological research, veterinary sciences, the natural
world, botany, zoology, and more. It consists of five subject gateways, which
are cross-searchable and cross-browsable. The service is coordinated by the
University of Nottingham, who are joined by a formidable range of high profile
partners and content providers from the UK health and life science sectors.
A free e-mail service which delivers Elsevier Science book and journal tables
of contents directly to your PC, providing you with the very latest information
on soon-to-be published research. Imprints covered by this service are
Elsevier, Pergamon, North Holland and Excerpta Medica. Registration to
ContentsDirect also entitles you to unlimited free access to Sample Copies
Online using the same username and password.
eJDS - eJournals Delivery Service
The Abdus Salam ICTP/TWAS Donation Programme, in collaboration with
the ICTP Scientific Computer Section and ICTP Library, is developing a
prototype information retrieval system called eJDS: eJournals Delivery Service.
This is geared to facilitate the access to current scientific literature for
scientists in institutions in Third World Countries who have low bandwidth
internet facilities. Titles are included from Academic Press, the American
Physical Society, Institute of Physics Publishing and World Scientific.
An initiative by some of the world's leading society and other not-for-profit
publishers to 'free up' access to science by making their online journal
content free after an agreed period of time.
An open access international and interdisciplinary journal of
entropy and information sciences, publishes peer-refereed reviews, regular
research papers and short notes. Entropy's aim is to encourage scientists to
publish as much as possible their theoretical and experimental details. Entropy
follows the guidelines of the Budapest Open Access Initiative.
Comprehensive trawl of web sites offering free science publications
Academy of Sciences
The prestigious peer-reviewed journals of
the Indian Academy of Sciences are available online free to all users. The
first issue of the Academy Proceedings appeared in July 1934. Publications
cover the physical sciences, life sciences, physics, mathematics, chemistry,
earth and planetary sciences, plant sciences, animal sciences, and modern
biology, materials science, astrophysics and astronomy, genetics plus the
journal Resonance, aimed at improving the quality of science education and
teaching. Access to all of these journals is free and open to all users.
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
A non-governmental research organisation conducting inter-disciplinary
scientific studies on environmental, economic, technological and social issues
in the context of human dimensions of global change, IIASA's charter stipulates
that all its research findings should be freely disseminated worldwide. The
full-text of the institute's publications can be downloaded from its website
at no charge. The contents of this catalogue can be browsed by author, date,
project, subject or type, or the required publication can be located using a
simple keyword search. A free quarterly newsletter, Options, is also available
IIASA is a member of ICSU.
of the Indian Institute of Science
The Journal of the Indian Institute of Science was started in 1914 with the
objective of publishing quality research papers in science and engineering.
Research papers and review articles are selected through a stringent peer
review process overseen by the editorial board. The Journal is a multi-faceted
publication with content likely to be of interest to research students as well
as academic and R & D professionals. Free and open access to all articles
for all users.
National Academy Press
Over 2,800 reports, e-newsletters and journals from US National Academy of
Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and
the National Research Council.
Platinum Metals Review
Quarterly journal of research on the platinum metals and of developments in their application in industry.
Public Library of Science (PLOS)
A non-profit organisation of scientists committed to making the world's
scientific and medical literature a public resource. PLoS currently plans to
begin publishing two new journals - working titles PLoS Biology and PLoS
Medicine - publishing the best peer-reviewed original research articles, timely
reviews and commentary. PLoS Biology launched its first issue on October
13, 2003, in print and online. PLoS Medicine will follow in autumn 2004.
The PLoS journals will retain all of the important features of scientific
journals, including rigorous peer-review and high editorial and production
standards, but will use a new publishing model that will allow PLoS to make all
published works immediately available online, with no charges for access or
restrictions on subsequent redistribution or use.
SciDevNet provides a variety of topical news, views and information
about science, technology and development, including coverage of developments
in Latin America, the Middle East, South and East Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa,
for which it offers a series of regional gateways. There are also book reviews,
notices about meetings, grants and jobs, together with links to scientific
organisations, news sources, journals, and aid/funding agencies.
SciELO Scientific Electronic Library Online
The objective of the site is to implement an electronic virtual library,
providing full access to a collection of serial titles (from Brazil, Cuba and
Chile in a broad range of subjects languages ie Portuguese, Spanish and
English), a collection of issues from individual serial titles, as well as to
the full text of articles. The access to both serial titles and articles is
available via indexes and search forms. No charge is made.
Science and Technology Sources on the Internet. There is
Such a Thing as a Free Lunch: Freely Accessible Databases for the Public
(by Sandy Lewis)
A good descriptive inventory of databases that produce lists of
citations to scientific literature, and which are freely accessible. In
addition to the major free databases such as UnCover, Agricola, Medline, etc.
it also includes searchable databases from learned societies, government
agencies, electronic journal publishers, and various discussion groups-all
A specialist search engine for scientific, technical and medial information
sources. It offers two types of services: Web sources provide information for
which no subscription or online registration is required. Scirus searches the
entire Web and excludes sites with no scientific content. Examples of Web
sources are university Web sites, learned society pages, scientists home pages,
preprint servers, commercial companies, etc. Membership sources are information
sources for which either a paid subscription or online registration is
required, and often including peer-reviewed scientific information not directly
accessible by standard search engines.
PSCI-Com - Public Communication
A guide to quality Internet resources on public engagement with science and
psci-com offers free access to a searchable catalogue of
Internet sites covering public engagement in science, science communication and
the interpretation of science in society.
PSIgate is a free service that
offers access to high quality Web resources in the physical sciences; there are
currently 12154 resources in astronomy, chemistry, earth sciences, materials
sciences, physics, and science history and policy
World History of Science Online
The “World History of Science Online: databases of bibliographical and archival sources” project involves the 49 member countries of the The International Union of History and Philosophy of Science/Division of History of Science (IUHPS/DHS), its 17 scientific commissions as well as 5 international scientific unions with which the DHS has joint commissions. The project will provide online access to bibliographies and catalogues of archival sources on history of science already prepared or in preparation in the IUHPS member countries, and will encourage new work with the prospect of prompt web access.
Totally open archive journal where users
can submit papers, commentaries, responses and search the archive for papers in
all fields of the Brain/Behavioural Sciences. Access to all articles is free to
Leading electronic archive for self-archive papers in any area of psychology,
neuroscience, and linguistics, and areas of computer science, philosophy,
biology, the physical, social and mathematical sciences that are pertinent to
the study of cognition.
Biblioteca Virtual de Ciencias Sociales de América Latina y
An initiative of the Latin American
Council of Social Sciences (Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales,
CLACSO) providing free access to 1,800 full-text books, periodical articles,
conference proceeding and also to databases with information about
publications, research projects and researchers working in its network of 130
social science research institutions in 19 countries of Latin America and the
See also Development
Educause (formerly Cause/Effect) is a freely accessible practitioner's journal
containing articles that relate to planning, developing, using, and evaluating
information resources in higher education, covering aspects such as information
systems development, user services, telecommunications and networking, database
administration, and instructional technology development and co-ordination.
Electronic Development and Environment Information System
(ELDIS) (hosted with Devline)
The British Library of Development Studies's electronic information service for
development professionals, including resources directory, Email discussions,
links to databases, library catalogues, bibliographies, etc
ELSSS - the
Electronic Society for Social Scientists
A not-for-profit organisation aimed "at solving the ever deepening crisis
in scholarly and scientific communication created by the pricing policies of
some commercial publishers that have forced libraries in the developed world to
cut their journal portfolios and to slash their book collection and that have
priced developing and transition economies out of the knowledge loop
altogether." The first ELSSS journal - due Spring 2003 - will be available
at no cost to all University Libraries and non-profit research centres in
developing and transition countries.
GDNet's Free Journals Access
Portal For Social Sciences
Global Development Network-North America's new Free Journal Access Portal
enables social science researchers based in developing or transitional
countries to access a searchable, full-text, online database of more than 120
well-known social-science journals, free of charge. It is made available to
GDNet Profile holders by the Center for Global Development and the Global
Development Network-North America (GDN-NA), in cooperation with Project MUSE of
the John Hopkins University Press.
Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Access to the collection of online reports
and magazines from the IDRC, Canada.
The International Journal
of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology http://ijedict.dec.uwi.edu/
IJEDICT is an e-journal that provides free and open access to all
of its content and aims to strengthen links between research and practice in
ICT in education and development in hitherto less developed parts of the world,
e.g., developing countries (especially small states), and rural and remote
regions of developed countries. The emphasis is on providing a space for
researchers, practitioners and theoreticians to jointly explore ideas using an
eclectic mix of research methods and disciplines. It brings together research, action
research and case studies in order to assist in the transfer of best practice,
the development of policy and the creation of theory. Thus, IJEDICT is of
interest to a wide-ranging audience of researchers, policy-makers,
practitioners, government officers and other professionals involved in
education or development in communities throughout the world.
International Journal on Multicultural Societies
The IJMS provides a platform for international, interdisciplinary and policy-related social science research in the fields of migration, multiculturalism, and minority rights. Established by UNESCO's social sciences research and policy division in 1998, it aims at improving the linkages between academic communities in various regions and across different social science disciplines. One of its particular features is to promote the policy-relevance of social science research. Each issue is devoted to a coherent thematic debate on a key issue in the field of migration and multiculturalism.
Matters/Channel View Publications
Multilingual Matters is one of the world leaders in research on multilingualism
and minority language rights. Multilingual Matters/Channel View Publications
are offering free electronic access to journals for institutional subscribers
in countries of "low human development" as defined by the Human
A refereed international, interdisciplinary electronic journal sponsored by the
American Psychological Association (APA) and indexed by APA's PsycINFO and the
Institute for Scientific Information. Psycoloquy publishes articles and peer
commentary in all areas of psychology as well as cognitive science,
neuroscience, behavioural biology, artificial intelligence, robotics/vision,
linguistics and philosophy.
Social Science Information
Excellent on-line catalogue of thousands of high-quality Internet resources
relevant to social science education and research. Every resource has been
selected and described by a librarian or subject specialist; search or browse
Social Sciences Virtual Library
Part of the World Wide Web Virtual Library, this is a major gateway for social
science resources on the Internet, covering directories and databases,
electronic journals, societies and professional associations, and an extensive
section of social science resources grouped by over a hundred subjects,
including regional studies.
Development Sources (World Bank)
World Development Sources (WDS) is a web
based text search and retrieval system which contains a collection of over
14,000 World Bank reports most of which are scanned and are available in imaged
format, which you can access via a web browser and search through a multi-field
search engine. These include Project appraisal reports, Economic and Sector Works,
Evaluation reports, studies and working papers.
WWW Library: Women's History
Maintained by the International Institute of Social History in the Netherlands,
this is an extensive links collection of Web resources on women's history,
including women's history institutions and organizations, libraries and
archives, journals for women's studies, upcoming conferences, discussion lists,
together with subject or region specific listings (e.g. African History, Asian
History, Women Artists, Women in Media, Women in Medicine and Nursing, Women in
Music, Women in Science and Engineering, Women Writers, etc.) which can be
browsed or searched. This is a good starting point for searching the Internet
for women's studies in general, and women's writing.