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Research resources for librarians in developing countries; Especially for institutions, governments and nongovernmental organizations in low-income and low-middle income countries.

SCHOLARLY RESOURCES -- Freely Accessible Full Text Journals
Open Access/Almost-Open-Access Online Journals (any country)

  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
    DOAJ covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals, aiming to cover all subjects and languages. As of February 2006, there are 20014 journals in the directory.
  • African Journals On Line (AJOL)
    Provides access to citations and fulltext of over 230 African journals covering most subject areas. AJOL also offers a document delivery service which is free to users and participating journals. Document delivery requests from outside of developing countries are not free
  • Bioline International
    Features 30 peer-reviewed journals from Brazil, Cuba, India, Indonesia, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. Subjects include: health (tropical medicine, infectious diseases, epidemiology, emerging new diseases), biodiversity, environment, conservation and international development).
  • Electronic Journals Library
    University Library of Regensburg offers the "Electronic Journals Library," which contains over 25,000 titles, of which over 10,500 journals can be read free-of-charge.
  • Highwire (Stanford University)
    Highwire facilitates access to over 1.1 million full text scholarly articles on medical/biomedical topics. Most journal titles covered include back issues older than 12-24 months.
  • Scholarly Journals Distributed via the World Wide Web (University of Houston Libraries)
    Provides links to established Web-based scholarly journals that offer access to English language articles. No user registration or fees required.
  • British Library for Development Studies
    List only free Internet editions
  • Ideas at RePEc
Journals Accessible Freely for selected developing countries - some may require registration
  • Electronic Information for Libraries is an independent foundation that strives to lead, negotiate, support and advocate for the wide availability of electronic resources by library users in transition and developing countries. Its main focus is on negotiating affordable subscriptions on a multi-country consortial basis, while supporting the enhancement of emerging national library consortia in member countries.
  • AGORA -- Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture
    AGORA provides free access to more than 500 journals from major scientific publishers in the fields of food, agriculture, environmental science, and related social sciences. AGORA is available to students and researchers in qualifying not-for-profit institutions in eligible developing countries. For more information, contact
  • HINARI - Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative
    The Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI) provides free or very low cost online access to the major journals in biomedical and related social sciences to local, non-profit institutions in developing countries. As of February 2006, over 3100 journals are accessible thru HINARI.
  • OARE – Online Access to Research in the Environment
    OARE is being developed under the sponsorship of the United Nations Environment Programme with infrastructure provided by Yale University. OARE is scheduled to be launched in January 2007.
  • Highwire (Stanford University)
    Highwire press provides a list of journals offering free online access to developing economies. Individual publishers use the World Bank's list of low income economies for determining access. You do not need to register for this service as highwire software automatically detects the country you are connecting from and grants access accordingly.
  • Oxford Journals - Developing Countries Offer
    Oxford University Press offers developing countries free (or greatly reduced rate) access to many of our journals via our Developing Countries Online Collection offer. The offer via the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) for established not-for profit educational institutes from qualifying countries and provides access to an Online Collection of journals.
  • Global Development Network (GDN) - Free Journal Access Portal
    GDN has linked policy research institutes from 11 regions and more than 100 countries. GDN offers a range of journals services to address the difficulty faced by many researchers in the global south in accessing journal articles to support their research.
  • TEEAL - The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library
    TEEAL is a full-text and bibliographic CD-ROM library of more than 140 of the world's most important scientific journals in the field of agriculture. It is available well below cost to more than 100 of the lowest-income food-deficit countries.
Directories / Indexes for Determining Publisher Open Access Status
  • Index of Author-Archiving Status
    Romeo lists the status of publisher copyright policies and author-archiving policies of academic journals, indicating, by a color scheme, which publishers allow authors to archive preprints and/or post-prints. Journals are classified by color as green, blue, yellow, and white levels.
"Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. We welcome suggestions from the readers to make the list more comprehensive."
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