[okfn-discuss] Fwd: [openaccess] Open BioSciences information

Jonathan Gray jonathan.gray at okfn.org
Tue Mar 3 16:30:04 UTC 2009

It would be great to make sure these are on CKAN!


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Here is a short list of quality resources for developing countries
(both open access and toll access). Surprisingly the more than 80
MedKnow journals are not included in this list. The author/owner of
this list may get in touch with Dr D K Sahu of MedKnow Publications or
visit <www.medknow.com>.
Subbiah Arunachalam


Publishers' Resources For Developing Countries

ACU (Association of Commonwealth Universities) Low Cost Journals
Scheme - This program for developing countries in the British
Commonwealth provides access to high-quality journals at low cost.

Bioline International - Bioline International is an open access
resource of high-quality research journals published in developing
countries. Its coverage includes a wide range of subjects including
biosciences and health improvement, biotechnology, biodiversity,
veterinary science, medicine, microbiology, tropical medicine, and

British Medical Journal (BMJ) - Over 113 low income and low-middle
income countries are entitled to free access to BMJ sites. The list of
countries includes the developing countries, areas and territories
included in the HINARI initiative. Users in these countries do not
need to register for free access; their IP address will identify their
location and access will be automatically granted.

Electronic Information for Libraries (eIFL) - eIFL.net is a
not-for-profit organization that supports and advocates for the wide
availability of electronic resources by library users in transitional
and developing countries. Its efforts are focused on negotiating
affordable subscriptions through multi-national consortia and
supporting open access publishing, intellectual property rights, and
open source software for libraries.

HighWire Press - In addition to participating in programs such as
HINARI or AGORA, HighWire Press makes many journals available online
at no cost for developing countries. Their program is available to the
World Bank's list of "low-income economies" as well as Angola,
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Djibouti, Georgia, Indonesia, Turkmenistan, and
Ukraine. Users do not need to sign up for free access; users in the
participating countries will automatically be recognized by IP

HINARI (Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative) - The
Access to Research Initiative (HINARI) provides free or very low cost
online access to the major journals in biomedical and related social
sciences to non-profit institutions in developing countries. More than
100 publishers offer over 5,500 journals through this service.

International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications
(INASP) - INASP works to negoiate access to online resources for
non-profit institutions in approximately 40 low-income nations.

Information for Development Program (CABI-IFD) - CABI-IFD helps
developing countries acquire and manage scientific information. The
organization's resources provide content in the subject areas of
international health and nutrition, biotechnology and genetics, and
other scientific areas.

Iraqi Virtual Science Library - This site provides free, full-text
access to thousands of scientific journals from major publishers as
well as a large collection of on-line educational materials. Access is
available to individuals affiliated with Iraqi non-profit
institutions. A full list of eligible institutions is available here.
*Note: This site's security certificate may not be up to date.

International Council of Nurses Mobile Library - The ICN/MSD (Merck,
Sharp & Dohme) Mobile Library program delivers up-to-date health
information to nursing professionals working in remote areas of
developing countries. Each library contains approximately 80 titles
and is housed in a transportable, climate-proof trunk. Elsevier
provides the latest versions of their publications for the mobile

John Wiley-Blackwell - John Wiley-Blackwell provides free or low-cost
access to their journals through HINARI.

JSTOR - Under the African Access Initiative, JSTOR has waived all fees
for higher education and not-for-profit research institutions in
Africa. All not-for-profit institutions interested in African Access
Initiative participation should fill out the JSTOR Network
Verification Form in order to participate. JSTOR also offers waived or
reduced fees for academic or non-profit institutions in developing
nationsoutside of Africa. Additional information on participating can
be found here.

National Library of Medicine Loansome Doc International Document
Delivery Program - NLM provides Docline, an inter-library loan system
for libraries that provide document delivery service to specific
countries. The system, Loansome Doc, is a document-ordering feature of
PubMed. Many libraries throughout the world, particularly libraries in
the US and Canada, are willing to serve international users. Some
libraries may charge for service.

medIND - MedIND provides access to citations of articles published in
a wide range of Indian Biomedical Journals, with links to full text
where available.

New England Journal of Medicine - The NEJM makes online access free to
several low-income countries. Users from these countries will be
recognized automatically by their IP addresses and granted access to
full-text without charge. A full list of eligible countries is
available here.

Oxford Journals - Institutions in qualifying countries can apply to
Oxford to receive journals at a discounted price.

Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information (PERI) - PERI
provides access to electronic journals, e-books, document delivery
services, and bibliographic databases from more than 50 publishers and
information aggregators.

POPLINE InfoProject - This database from the Information & Knowledge
for Optimal Health (INFO) Project of the Johns Hopkins Center for
Communication Programs provides access to full-text articles to
developing countries. POPLINE covers reproductive health, HIV/AIDS,
population issues, demography, and environmental health.

Royal Society of Chemistry - The RSC offers free access to the RSC
Journal Archive to education and research institutions in developing
countries around the world. Most African countries are included.

Springer Verlag - Springer Provides low-cost or free access to many of
their journals through several portals, covering a wide range of
scientific subjects.

Wolters Kluwer - Twenty Wolters Kluwer journals are available for free
to developing nations through HINARI.

Major Open Access Sites

BioMed Central - BioMed Central is a science, technology, and medicine
publisher. Its portfolio of nearly 200 electronic journals is
available as a free, open-access collection.

Directory of Open Access Journals - The Directory of Open Access
Journals provides free, full text, high-quality scientific and
scholarly journals covering a wide range subjects following a brief
registration. Users register online at no cost and receive immediate
access to these journals.

The Free Medical Journals Site - The Free Medical Journals Site was
created to promote the free availability of full text medical journals
on the Internet. Users can access 430 journals at no cost from this

Open J-Gate - Open J-Gate is an electronic gateway to global open
access journal literature. It provides this access to millions of
online journal articles from more than 3000 full-text academic,
research, and industry journals. More than 1500 of these journals are
peer-reviewed, scholarly journals.

Ptolemy Project - The Ptolemy Project has compiled an extensive list
of open access material fully or partially dedicated to health
sciences, including journals, surgery and medical resources, injury
control and public health, subject guides and recommended websites.
Because these resources have been produced in diverse regions in the
world, several languages are represented. The majority of resources
are in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Public Library of Science - The Public Library of Science (PLoS)
publishes a wide range of open acces, high-quality scientific
jouranls. PLoS journals are available online without charge.

PubMed Central (PMC) - PubMed Central is the U.S. National Institutes
of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences
journal literature. All of the articles in PMC are free. Some are
available on a delayed basis). PMC also includes manuscripts of
articles published by NIH-funded researchers in various non-PMC
journals (in compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy).

Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO) - SciELO provides access
to online collections of journals in various scientific disciplines,
including health sciences. Collections come from a number of South
American and other Spanish-speaking countries. Most content is
available in English as well as Spanish or Portuguese.


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