Resources for developing country researchers
Credit: Andrew McConnell / Panos
We have compiled a collection of resources for researchers. Most are available free, or at low cost, to researchers in developing countries. For many of these resources you just need to click on the link provided; for others you may need to register to gain access.
Access to Scholarly Resources
- African Index Medicus (AIM)
An international index to African health literature and information sources. Produced by the World Health Organization in collaboration with the Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa (AHILA).
- African Journals OnLine (AJOL)
Hosts over 400 peer-reviewed, African-published scholarly journals. Over 60,000 abstracts and over 50,000 full text articles (either free or charged).
"A web-based information portal developed by the South African Medical Research Council. It provides up-to-date, scientifically accurate information on the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) with a specific focus on the southern African region."
The World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) library database on the Web. It indexes WHO/AFRO technical documents, monographs and some African medical articles. Afrolib provides full text access to most of these publications.
- AGORA :Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture
Nearly 1300 food, agriculture, environmental science and related social sciences journals for institutions in developing countries.
- Archive of African Journals
Digitized full text of articles of eleven African social science and humanities journals.
The Access to Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI) program is coordinated by the World Intellectual Property Organization together with its partners in the publishing industry with the aim to increase the availability of scientific and technical information in developing countries.
- Asia journals online
"A portal to scholarly journals published in Bangladesh, Nepal, The Philippines, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia."
- Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library
No longer maintained, but still a useful collection of links. From the Australian National University.
- Bangladesh Journals Online (BanglaJOL)
"There are 64 journals now listed on BanglaJOL. There are 393 Tables of Contents listing 5426 articles. 4697 of the articles are available in full text." (June 2011).
- Bioline International
Open access to quality research journals in the biosciences published in developing countries.
- Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
"Aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content."
"On-line resources for policy making." From FAO’s Policy Support Unit, which "develops, publishes and hosts freely downloadable resources to assist policy makers and analysts in the assessment and implementation of development policies. Policy findings, methodological guidelines and capacity development are presented through issue papers, analytical tools (software), case studies, and other conceptual and technical materials." See also EASYPol weblinks.
- The eGranary Digital Library
Over 10,000,000 electronic texts of educational resources, aimed at the Developing World.
- Electronic journals and newspapers on South Asia
From Columbia University Libraries.
- GDNet: Access to journals
From the Global Development Network (GDNet). See especially GDNet BLDS Document Delivery Service, which delivers articles and book chapters at no cost to Southern institutions that are members of GDNet.
- Global Health Library
From the WHO. Indexes medical and health literature, especially from Africa, Asia and Latin America. Provides cross searching of several other biomedical databases, including Medline and African Index Medicus (AIM).
- HINARI (WHO | Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative)
Over 3750 biomedical and health journals titles available to health institutions in developing countries.
- Global Open Access Portal
"Presents a current snapshot of the status of Open Access (OA) to scientific information around the world." Includes sections on access by regions and themes.
- JSTOR: African Access Initiative Participation
The entire JSTOR archive available for any institution in an African country.
- Journals Online (JOL) .
From INASP: International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications. Links to databases of journals,
- Latin America Journals Online (LAMJOL)
LAMJOL hosts journals from Nicaragua and Honduras and is primarily in Spanish, but does feature some English abstracts and tables of contents.
"LILACS is the most important and comprehensive index of scientific and technical literature of Latin America and the Caribbean. For 25 years contributing to increase visibility, access and quality of health information in the Region."
- Nepal Journals Online (NepJOL)
"There are now 60 journals listed on NepJOL. There are 268 Tables of Contents listing 3863 articles. 3209 of the articles are available in full text." (June 2011).
- OARE: Online Access to Research in the Environment
Environmental science research journal articles available to developing countries.
- Philippines Journals Online (PhilJOL)
"There are 42 journals listed on PhilJOL. There are 162 Tables of Contents listing 1528 articles. 1204 of the articles are available in full text." (June 2011).
- PubMed Central (PMC).
The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature. Also PubMed, citations and abstracts to biomedical and other life science journal literature, with some full text links.
- SciELO: the Scientific Electronic Library Online.
Selected Brazilian scientific journals.
- The Southeast Asian Serials Index.
From the Australian National University.
- Sri Lanka Journals OnLine (SLJOL)
"There are 37 journals listed on SLJOL. There are 244 Tables of Contents listing 2426 articles. 2274 of the articles are available in full text." (June 2011).
- TEEAL: The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library
130+ agricultural journals. Works offline.
- Vietnam Journals Online (VJOL)
Site mainly in Vietnamese.
- The WHO AFRO Library
The WHO Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) Health Sciences Library and Documentation Centre. Manages Afrolib, African Index Medicus (AIM), and WHOLIS (WHO-HQ Library Database).
- WSIS Knowledge Communities: Open Access
Community "to discuss issues surrounding Open Access, free access to and dissemination of scholarly and scientific information."
- My Alerts
Alerting service from the Informaworld journals and reference works site
Access to the British Library's Electronic Table of Contents of around 20,000 current journals and around 16,000 conference proceedings published per year. The database covers 1993 to date, and is updated on a daily basis. Email alerting service available; click on Zetoc Alert
"A global research community that provides networking, mentoring, resources and training for researchers in developing countries."
- Outcome Mapping Learning Community
"Outcome mapping (OM) is a methodology for planning and assessing development programming that is oriented towards change and social transformation. OM provides a set of tools to design and gather information on the outcomes, defined as behavioural changes, of the change process."
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