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 epidemiology.

  • 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 address.

  • 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.

  • 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 libraries.

  • 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.

  • 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.



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 website.

  • 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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