Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information (peri)

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Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information (PERI) 

Access to Free and Open Access Online Journals and Databases

There is already a wealth of online free and open access materials available on the Internet.
Some important sites, which will also lead you to other sources include:

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 over 150 journals published in Africa. Journals are accepted on the basis of their quality of content and proven record of regular publication.

AGRIS is the international information system for the agricultural sciences and technology. It was created by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in 1974, to facilitate information exchange and to bring together world literature dealing with all aspects of agriculture.

AGRICOLA (AGRICultural OnLine Access) is a bibliographic database of citations to the agricultural literature created by the National Agricultural Library and its co-operators. Production of these records in electronic form began in 1970, but the database covers materials in all formats, including printed works from the 15th century. Coverage: 1978-present. 

Algebraic & 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.  

American Medical Association (AMA)
The American Medical Association provides ten scientific journals without charge to developing nations. The 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. 

American Society 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 6-12 months. 

Analytical 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 specialized databases, encyclopaedias and dictionaries, journals, university departments, organizations, 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.  

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.

Association for Information Systems 
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 (  and the Journal of AIS ( 

Behavioural and Brain Sciences
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 all users.

Bentham Science
All Bentham Science biomedical/pharmaceutical journals published in the year 2000 and 2001 are now available FREE on-line in full text PDF format in collaboration with INGENTA for the year 2002. 

Berkeley Electronic Press (bepress) 
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 

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.

Biblioteca Virtual de Ciencias Sociales de América Latina y el Caribe
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 Caribbean. 

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.

Bioline International
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 18 peer-reviewed journals from Brazil, Cuba, India, Indonesia, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe. Many journals are available free of charge. 

BioMed Central 
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 (18 in the field of Biology and 52 in the field of Medicine), as well as being posted without delay on PubMed Central and indexed in PubMed.

BMJ Journals
Free access to the electronic version of the British Medical Journal Publishing Group's 28 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 procedure as the BMJ subscription system will automatically recognize the origin of access.
Free to search Abstract database from the US National Cancer Institute. 

Over 550,000 bibliographic records, including 220,000 fulltext documents, of interest to people working in particle physics and related areas. Covers preprints, articles, books, journals, photographs, and much more. 

Chemistry Preprint Server
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 Membership is free. 

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. 

CODA - CalTech Collection of Open Digital Archives
Open access to reports, books, papers, these and dissertations and symposium proceedings. 

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. 

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.  

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. 

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
Developed by Lund University Libraries and supported by the Information Program of the Open Society Institute ( ), along with SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, ( ). The directory contains information about 350 open access journals, i.e. quality controlled scientific and scholarly electronic journals that are freely available on the web. The service will continue to grow as new journals are identified.

Documenta Mathematica
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. 

EEVL: The Internet Guide to Engineering, Mathematics and Computing
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 information specialists.  
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.

Electronic Journal Miner 
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 excellent resource.  

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 community. 

Electronic Journals Library
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 1 January 2003 it contained 12,979 titles, among them 1319 online-only journals, covering all subjects, of which 3358 journals can be read full-text free-of-charge.

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. 

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. 

ERA - Electronic Research Archive 
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. 

EPA - 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 organizations. 

Taking its name from the fact that it comprises journals that are 'extra' to MEDLINE, ExtraMED focuses on 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. 

ExtraMed through Informania
Informania Ltd, the world's largest electronic publisher of biomedical journals from the Third World, has announced that it will provide the ExtraMED full-text database to developing country users for free or at very low cost.

CONTACT: Chris Zielinski, Chief Executive, Informania Limited, P.O. Box 40, Petersfield, Hants GU32 2YH, UK Tel: +44-(0)1730-301297 Fax: 0044-1730-265398 e-mail:

Food and Fertilizer Technology Center (FFTC)
The FFTC is an international information center serving small-scale farmers in the Asian and Pacific region. Its website and database provides several hundred technical publications on tropical agriculture, with an emphasis on low-cost technology for small farms. Materials include books, extension bulletins and extension leaflets, and articles on major problems facing farmers in the region. The full text of all publications (in a choice of either HTML or PDF format)is available free of charge.

The AMEDEOGroup are now making many important medical textbooks available online, free and in full-text. At 1 August 2002 550 titles werer included in the service, sorted by speciality and title. FreeBooks4Doctors! also provides a free alert service as new titles are added.

Free Medical Journals 
The Free Medical Journals Site is dedicated to the promotion of free access to medical journals over the Internet. At 1 August 2002 it included over 970 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.

Established in 1988 as a national resource for molecular biology information, NCBI creates public databases, conducts research in computational biology, develops software tools for analyzing genome data, and disseminates biomedical information - all for the better understanding of molecular processes affecting human health and disease. 

Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research
Collection of open access and free journals in a wide range of medical disciplines.

Geometry and Topology 
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. 

Google Directory
Comprehensive trawl of web sites offering free science publications.

Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI)
As the first phase of making health content available, the Health InterNetwork 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.

HighWire 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 over 439,456 free full-text articles as of January 2003.  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 

The link  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 Djibouti).

INASP Health Links
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). 

INASP Links & Resources Access to information 
The INASP Links & Resources section provides a quick-access guide to selected Web sites and Internet resources that will be of special interest to the library and information science communities, and to scientists and publishers in developing countries. In particular it was designed to assist organizations involved in electronic networks for development, and those who are thinking of moving to an electronic environment for scholarly communication. However, each section contains links to a large number of addtional free resources.  /  

Indian 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. 

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  for a one point resource of peer reviewed Indian biomedical literature covering full text of IndMED journals.

Info Finder
In collaboration with Future Harvest Centers, CGIAR and FAO/WAICENT, the Info Finder allows you to search for digital information on the Future Harvest Centers', CGIAR and FAO web sites. Contains full text documents and links to websites.
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 listed.

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 electronic format. 

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.

Journal 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. 

Journal of Insect Science
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. 

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.  

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 Bioline International.  

Journal of Postgraduate Medicine
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. 

Living Reviews in Relativity
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. 

Mathematics Preprint Server
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. 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  

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 characterization information. There is no restriction on the length of the experimental section. Free access to all articles to all users, online. 

Multilingual 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 Development Index.

Namibian Government Department of Environmental Affairs
Range of publications concerning a range of topics in Namibia including Desertification, Economics, Impact Assessment, Pollution & Waste, Legislation etc. 

NASA 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.

National 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 (NTIS)
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.  

New 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 recognized automatically by their IP addresses and allowed access to full text without charge.

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. 

Public Library of Science (PLOS)
A non-profit organization 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 expects to publish its first issues in the second half of 2003. 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. 

POPLINE Database
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 at:  

For those in developing countries who may have limited access to the Internet, POPLINE will continue to distribute POPLINE on CD-ROM to over 950 sites twice a year. For more details about this service go to:  

POPLINE Digital Services also provides full text documents of many of its abstracts in the database at no charge for readers in developing countries. Full-text documents are only available if the information is not available locally, is not a commercially published book, and is less than 100 pages in length. POPLINE sends full-text documents as an e-mail attachment in Adobe Acrobat format or by mail. More inormation is available at:  

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. 

Ptolemy Project
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, provides access to over 12 million MEDLINE citations back to the mid-1960's and additional life science journals. PubMed includes links to many sites providing full text articles and other related resources. 

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. 

Project Gutenberg
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

PubMed Central
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 Medicine (NLM).

Reproductive Health Library (RHL)
A subscription to the WHO Reproductive Health Library is free to individuals in developing countries by sending the request to the e-mail address: 

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 countries.

SARA - Scholarly Articles Research Alerting
A special email service designed to deliver tables of contents for any Taylor & Francis, Carfax, Routledge, Spon Press, Martin Dunitz or Psychology Press journal. This service is completely free of charge, all you need to do is register.

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 freely accessible.

SciELO & SciELO Public Health
Collections of online journals from Brazil, Cuba and Chile- presently free to access - in a broad range of subjects languages include: Portuguese, Spanish and English. Initiatives in development for Venezuela and Costa Rica (& Spain). SciELO provides electronic publishing that helps to address endemic problems related to visibility, accessibility, measurability and credibility. These are problems that particularly affect journals that do not belong to the 'mainstream' as defined by international indexing products and services, such as ISI and MEDLINE.
SciELO 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.  

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, 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.  

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.

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. 

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. 

The UNESCO catalog lists over 100,000 UNESCO documents and provides access to the full text of many of these. 

Washington DC principles
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.

Water Resources Abstracts 
Compiled from several sources for USGS abstracts on the subject of water resources since 1977, plus some earlier abstracts. The method of submitting and collecting abstracts was not foolproof and, therefore, this is not a complete set. The information you find here should be augmented with other methods of search such as Water Research Abstracts (below). 

Water Research Abstracts
Collection of international water research compiled by the Water Resources Scientific Information Center (WRSIC) of the USGS. The research abstracted in this database covers a wide variety of topics; time period from 1967 to October, 1993. This database contains over 265,000 abstracts and citations. Enough information is given in each citation so that the user can locate titles of interest. 

World Development Sources (World Bank) 
World Development Sources (WDS) is a web based text search and retrieval system which contains a collection of over 6,000 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. 

Related Sites of Interest

The following are sites which are not truly 'Open Access' but which actively encourage broader dissemination of research content over the Web.

African Journals OnLine Publishing Project (AJOPP)
If African journals are to compete successfully with journals published elsewhere, they need to offer access to full text online. There have been a number of requests from journal publishers in Africa for a pilot project to offer electronic delivery and to evaluate whether this method increases journal use and sustainability. Ten journals are being supported initially and preferential subscription rates are offered for African-based Institutes and individuals. 


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. 

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. 

Electronic Publishing Trust for Development (EPT)
For those interested in learning more about the growing movement towards Open Access, EPT have developed a new Frequently Asked Questions section on Open Access for scientists and publishers in developing countries on the EPT website. The URL for full details is: 

Project Euclid
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.

Links to Key Open Access Projects/Self-Archiving Sites

ARL Resources for Open Archiving
In early 2002, an ARL task force recommended that the Association promote "open access to quality information in support of learning and scholarship." A key component of this effort is educating members of the research and academic communities about open access and its potential. This site therefore is a resource guide to assist and inform these discussions. It highlights the key points to consider in discussing open access, gives examples of open access implementation and provides sources for more information. 

Bellanet works to help development partners in the South and in the North improve their use of ICTs and knowledge to achieve their goals and connect with the global development community. This site includes pioneering Open Source software, content and standards and has a special section on Open Development.

Budapest Open Access Initiative (OAI)
Pioneering Open Access and Self-Archiving initiative, originated by the Soros Foundation. From the OSI website: To secure these benefits for all, we call on all interested institutions and individuals to help open up access to the rest of this literature and remove the barriers, especially the price barriers, that stand in the way. The more who join the effort to advance this cause, the sooner we will all enjoy the benefits of open access. 

DARE Project
DARE (Digital Academic Repositories) anticipates developments in the provision of academic information, in which information and communications technology has come to play a dominant role. DARE is modernising the management of Dutch academic information by putting an infrastructure system in place and providing advanced services for the digital recording, accessing, storage and distribution of the Dutch academic output. This will greatly improve the visibility of and access to the academic output. 

DSpace is an open source digital asset management software platform that enables institutions to capture and describe digital works using a submission workflow module; distribute an institution's digital works over the web through a search and retrieval system; and store and preserve digital works over the long term. Originally created to capture, distribute and preserve the intellectual output of MIT, D-Space technology is free to all institutions wishing do the same. 

Site dedicated to opening access to the refereed research literature online through author/institutional self archiving. The Eprints site is full of useful information about Open Access issues with links to seminal papers, key sites, useful software and more. 

Open Archives Resource Page
The Open Archives Initiative develops and promotes interoperability standards that aim to facilitate the efficient dissemination of content. The Open Archives Initiative has its roots in an effort to enhance access to e-print archives as a means of increasing the availability of scholarly communication. Continued support of this work remains a cornerstone of the Open Archives program. 

Open Journals System
Open Journal Systems (OJS) is a journal management and publishing system that has been developed by the Public Knowledge Project to expand and improve access to research. OJS assists with every stage of the refereed publishing process, from submissions through to online publication and indexing. OJS is open source software made freely available to journals worldwide for the purpose of making open access publishing a viable option for more journals, as open access can increase a journal's readership as well as its contribution to the public good on a global scale. 

Open Source
Site dedicated to open source principles, practices, links to software and related organisations. Premise holds that when programmers can read, redistribute, and modify the source code for a piece of software, the software evolves. People improve it, people adapt it, people fix bugs. And this can happen at a speed that, if one is used to the slow pace of conventional software development, seems astonishing. The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to managing and promoting the Open Source Definition for the good of the community. 

Project Romeo
The RoMEO Project (Rights MEtadata for Open archiving) is funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee for one year (1 August 2002 - 31 July 2003) to investigate the rights issues surrounding the 'self-archiving' of research in the UK academic community. It will perform a series of stakeholder surveys to ascertain how 'give-away' research literature (and metadata) is used, and how it should be protected. 

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. 

SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) describes itself as a world-wide alliance of research institutes, libraries and organizations encouraging competition in the scholarly communications market. SPARC's agenda focuses on enhancing broad and cost-effective access to peer-reviewed scholarship.

INASP has two other projects which could be of interest:

INASP-Health is a cooperative network of more than 1000 organizations 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:

  • Health Information Forum 

  • INASP-Health Advisory and Liaison Service 

  • HIF-net at WHO 

  • INASP-Health Directory 

  • INASP Health Links 

  • Capacity-building programme 

  • Publications 

  • Health Library Partnerships Database 

INASP Rural Development Network 
Recognising the importance of agricultural / rural development information exchange in the economic development process, INASP initiated its Rural Development Network programme 5 years ago. INASP has subsequently built up a sizeable database that contains comprehensive data on a wide range of organisations and networks (approximately 450) from around the world that are predisposed to sharing the results of their research with other similar like-minded institutions, individuals and interested parties (especially with those in the South).

For further information or if you know of any other resources which could be added
please contact Sarah Durrant at INASP

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