This page contains information about multi-disciplinary e-resources that are open access so available to all researchers and multi-disciplinary e-resources that are freely available to researchers.
Academic Journals Academic Journals, a broad-based open access publisher, was founded on two key tenets: To publish the most exciting researches with respect to the subjects of our functional Journals. Secondly, to provide a rapid turn-around time possible for reviewing and publishing, and to disseminate the articles freely for teaching and reference purposes
African Journal Archive
The African Journal Archive is a retrospective digitisation project of full-text journal articles published in Africa. Journal articles hosted on the Archive extend back to the first issue (if available) and end with the last pre-current issue (determined by the publisher). The website comprises over 700 issues and 150,000 pages of journal archives of academic, scholarly, institutional, museums, and professional research organizations in Africa. Online access to the archive is free of charge to Africa and the world.
African Journals OnLine (AJOL)
AJOL is a database of journals published in Africa, covering the full range of academic disciplines. The objective of AJOL is to give greater visibility to the participating journals, and to the research they convey by providing access to tables of contents and abstracts on the Internet, links to full text (if available) plus document delivery of paper articles, which is subsidised to developing countries. Journals are included on the basis of their quality of content and proven record of regular publication.
African Studies Repository
The African Studies Repository (ASR) makes use of new web tools to develop a space where everyone who works on Africa, both inside and outside the continent, can store their work, access useful resources and make contacts with similar interests. The ASR is a free service, and all unless specified otherwise all our content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.
AsiaJOL AsiaJOL is a database of journals published in Asia, covering the full range of academic disciplines. Journals are included on the basis of their quality of content and proven record of regular publication. Asia Journals Online is a portal to scholarly journals published in Bangladesh, Nepal, The Philippines, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia. You can search for information from all the countries by using the search box or you can search journals produced within a single country.
Bangladesh Journals OnLine (BanglaJOL)
BanglaJOL is a database of journals published in Bangladesh, covering the full range of academic disciplines. The objective of BanglaJOL is to give greater visibility to the participating journals, and to the research they convey. BanglaJOL provides information on each participating journal, including aims and scope, contact details and general information. It also provides tables of contents and abstracts (where available) for all articles published within these journals. Many full text articles are also available.
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. All participants provide their material on an open-access basis.
BUBL Information Service
A national (UK oriented) information service for the higher education community. Excellent for tracking down UK institutions. It also links to over 10,000 quality Internet resources covering all subject areas, and sub-divided by type of resource. Search or browse functions.
Cooperative African Newspapers Project
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 Books is a discovery service for peer reviewed books published under an Open Access license. DOAB provides a searchable index to the information about these books, with links to the full texts of the publications at the publisher’s website or repository.
DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) : This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals, covering all subjects and languages.
Eldis is an internet based information service: filtering, structuring and presenting development policy, practice and research 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. Users can browse more than 22,000 summarised documents from over 4,500 development organisations – all available free to download.
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 the moment, it contains 19540 titles, among them 2195 online-only journals, covering all subjects. 7414 journals can be read free-of-charge.
Electronic Supply of Publications (ESAP)
A project of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) in cooperation with the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU), the eSAP – project is a collaboration project between universities in the North and the South. It has two clear goals: To promote the access to the international scientific journals by means of Internet for universities in developing regions and to supply academics in developing regions with the possibility to electronically publish their articles on the Internet.
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.
The FAO Corporate Document Repository houses FAO documents and publications, as well as selected non-FAO publications, covering topics including agriculture, livestock, fisheries and forestry management, and sustainiable natural resources management . It enables users to easily access the accumulated knowledge and information produced by FAO directly on the Internet. There are separate portals for French, Spanish, Arabic and Chinese.
FreeForAll is a consortium of North American libraries that provides free journal articles to patrons/librarians in developing and less developed nations. Ordering is done through PubMed.
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.”
HighWire Press work with scholarly societies and responsible publishers to host their content online. HighWire contains 1,880,549 free full-text articles as of May 2008. 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. There is also a list of journals published online with the assistance of HighWire Press which offer free online access to current content (not just back issues) to all countries on the World Bank’s list of “low income economies”. Individual publishers use the list from the World Bank as a guideline for determining their policies, so some variation in access per publisher does occur.
Information Research, is an open access, international, scholarly journal, dedicated to making accessible the results of research across a wide range of information-related disciplines.
The Information Management Resource Kit (IMARK) is a partnership-based e-learning initiative to train individuals and support institutions and networks world-wide in the effective management of agricultural information. IMARK consists of a suite of distance learning resources, tools and communities on information management. There are separate portals in French and Spanish.
International Portal on Food Safety, Animal and Plant Health (IPFSAPH)
This website is a portal providing a reliable single access point for authorised international and national information across the sectors of food safety, animal and plant health. It includes nearly 50 relevant data sets and comprises approximately 35,000 records (and expanding) including international and national standards, official guidelines and recommended codes of practice, and supporting documentation such as evaluations, reports and standard specifications. Documents included are available in their original language. In cases where the language of a record is one other than English, French or Spanish, summaries are provided in one of these languages. Searches can be undertake in a varity of ways, such as via subject keywords, date, type and/or source of publication, country, and language to retrieve the most relevant results. The site is navigable inEnglish, French and Spanish.
Intute is a free online service providing access to the very best Web resources for education and research. The service is created by a network of UK universities and partners. Subject specialists select and evaluate the websites in our database and write high quality descriptions of the resources. The database contains 116932 records.
National Academies Press
The National Academies Press (NAP) allows readers in most developing countries to obtain Academies reports free from the NAP Web site in portable document format (PDF). Access is also available to Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a multidisciplinary journal that spans the biological, physical, and social sciences. It is published weekly in print and daily online in PNAS Early Edition.
Nepal Journals OnLine (NepJOL) NepJOL is a database of journals published in Nepal, covering the full range of academic disciplines. The objective of NepJOL is to give greater visibility to the participating journals, and to the research they convey. NepJOL provides information on each participating journal, including aims and scope, contact details and general information. It also provides tables of contents and abstracts (where available) for all articles published within these journals. Many full text articles are also available.
OECD Working Papers
OECD Working Papers are prepared by the OECD Secretariat, consultants, or delegates as input into various OECD committee and working group processes. They are organised around a number of series based on programmes within the OECD including Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Science, Technology and Industry, and Health. Some papers are available in French.
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. It also includes links to foreign language and literature resources including French, Portuguese and Spanish.
Open Book Publishers We are an independent academic publisher, run by scholars who are committed to making high-quality research available to readers around the world. We publish monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and offer the academic excellence of a traditional press, with the speed, convenience and accessibility of digital publishing.
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.
Open Science Directory The Open Science Directory has been developed by EBSCO and the Hasselt University Library based upon a request by marine information management experts collaborating within the framework of the IOCs (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO) IODE (International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange) programme. The goal is to create a global search tool for all open access and special programs journal titles. About 13000 journals are now available in the Open Science Directory.
Open Text Book is a registry of textbooks (and related materials) which are open that is free for anyone to use, reuse and redistribute. It is run by the Open Knowledge Foundation. Books can be viewed by subject category.
Philippines Journals Online (PhilJOL)
PhilJOL is a database of journals published in the Philippines, covering the full range of academic disciplines. The objective of PhilJOL is to give greater visibility to the participating journals, and to the research they convey. PhilJOL provides information on each participating journal, including aims and scope, contact details and general information. It also provides tables of contents and abstracts (where available) for all articles published within these journals. Many full text articles are also available.
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 currently has 2,525 free journals. There is a multi-lingual search interface allowing the use of Portuguese, French and Spanish (click on the flags for relevant language). Project Gutenberg
This project digitises books which are in the public domain and puts them online free of charge. Project Gutenberg publishes an average of one e-text every day.
Reseau Electronique francophone (REFER)
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.
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.
The ScientificCommons.org allows the user to search for full-text articles across over 1,100 repositories from 55 countries from just one interface. It also identifies authors from all archives and makes their social and professional relationships transparent and visible to anyone across disciplinary, institutional and technological boundaries. Sri Lanka Journals OnLine (SLJOL)
Sri Lanka Journals OnLine (SLJOL) is a database of journals published in Sri Lanka, covering the full range of academic disciplines. The objective of SLJOL is to give greater visibility to the participating journals, and to the research they convey.
Survey of Scientific and Technological Information Needs in Less-Developed and Developing Countries 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
Textbook Revolution is a source for free educational materials. This is a student-run, volunteer-operated website started in response to the textbook industrys constant drive to maximize profits instead of educational value. The books are offered for free by their authors/copyright holders, at least to view online. Some of the books have restrictions on printing, sharing and reuse.
The UNESCO catalog lists over 100,000 UNESCO documents and provides access to the full text of many of these. There are separate portals inFrench and Spanish.
Vietnam Journals OnLine (VJOL) VJOL is a database of journals published in Nepal, covering the full range of academic disciplines. The objective of VJOL is to give greater visibility to the participating journals, and to the research they convey. VJOL provides information on each participating journal, including aims and scope, contact details and general information. It also provides tables of contents and abstracts (where available) for all articles published within these journals. Many full text articles are also available.
Virginia Tech Electronic Library Digital Library and Archives provides access to scholarly electronic journals that are peer-reviewed, full text and accessible without cost. Journal range from topics in education, engineering, literature to technology, philosphy and libraries science. Most journals are available in both PDF and HTML.
World Development Report Online, Complete
The World Bank’s World Development Report provides a window on development economics, with reports covering topics ranging from agriculture, the role of the state and labour to infrastructure, health, the environment and poverty. Now the Complete World Development Report Online allows users to access this resource any time, anywhere free of charge. Search options include title and/or topic across all WDRs since 1978 plus related material and also access to the critical WDR background papers since 2005.
World Newspaper Archive
A large, searchable digital archive of international newspapers held by Center for Research Libraries (CRL) and other major newspaper storehouses. Amongst foreign newspapers to be offered digitally are 35 Latin American (such as Brazilian, Argentinean or Cuban) titles from 1805-1922. Others include historical papers from Africa and South Asia.
World Wide Science
WorldWideScience provides one-stop searching of national and international scientific databases and portals. This enables anyone with Internet access to launch a single-query search of 32 national scientific databases and portals from 52 countries. Users can search more than 200 million pages of science and technology information not typically accessible through popular search engines. Some of the resources that you will be cross searching via WorldWideScience are DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) (which includes 3,622 free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals, covering all subjects and languages. 1,251 journals are available in full text) and all the journals INASPs JOL programme (African Journals Online, Bangladesh Journals Online, Nepal Journals Online, Philippine Journals Online, Vietnam Journals Online.