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The African Journal of Biotechnology is a peer-reviewed online journal that publishes research in food, agricultural and industrial applications of biochemistry, microbiology, genomics and proteomics.
All articles are free to access and readers can also sign up to free email alerts containing the table of contents for each new issue.
The Agricultural Research Journal, published by Argentina's National Institute for Agricultural Technology, is an open access science journal that publishes new research in diverse fields of agricultural research. The website provides information about the editorial process, including guidelines for submitting scientific papers, and publishes relevant news articles. It is available in Spanish and Portuguese.
This HIV/AIDS web portal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (publisher of Science) ceased operating in December 2003, but remains an important archive of documents relating to AIDS prevention, treatment and vaccine development. The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative
has taken over the role of reviewing and highlighting recently published scientific literature.
This is a virtual library of Latin American social science papers maintained by the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO). It provides open and free access to more than 4,000 full-text books, periodical articles and other documents, in Spanish.
Bioline International is a not-for-profit electronic publishing service that provides access to research journals published in developing countries. The website features a growing number of peer-reviewed journals
, and provides a range of other material of interest to bioscientists (reports, books, technical documents, conference proceedings and newsletters). Bioline International is a joint initiative of the University of Toronto Libraries
, Canada, the Reference Center on Environmental Information
, Brazil and Bioline/UK.
BioMed Central is an independent publishing house committed to providing immediate free access to peer reviewed biomedical research. This site provides links to BMC's articles on medical ethics, some of which relate to developing countries (prospective authors can submit their articles for peer review and publication). Other relevant journals on the site include BMC International Health and Human Rights and the International Journal for Equity in Health. One linked site
, provided by the West African Doctor's network, allows researchers in developing countries to conduct searches of PUBMED via email.
The BMJ is a weekly journal providing original scientific studies, review and educational articles, and papers commenting on the clinical, scientific, social, political, and economic factors affecting health. Access to the online version of the journal – which seeks to be at the forefront of the international debate on health – is free.
BOAI aims to speed progress in making research articles from all academic fields freely available on the Internet. It recommends two complementary strategies: self-archiving, whereby scholars deposit refereed journal articles in electronic archives; and open-access journals. The initiative was launched in 2002 following a meeting in Budapest held by the Open Society Institute, part of the Soros Foundation. The meeting also resulted in a declaration that is still inviting signatures from those wishing to pledge their support to the open access movement.
CABI is a not-for-profit, intergovernmental organisation specialising in agricultural and environmental research, publishing and communication. With over 40 different member countries, its scientific projects include finding ways to lower production costs while using ecological practices. CABI studies environmental impacts of invasive species and pests, and searches for natural ways of controlling them. CABI also finds solutions to agricultural problems caused by climate change, provides microbial services and advises on trade policy.
DOAJ is a directory of open-access research journals, and was launched by Lund University, Sweden in May 2003. In order to be listed, journals must fit certain criteria, for instance, they must be peer-reviewed, or subject to an equivalent form of quality control. To read more about the selection criteria, click here
. DOAJ is currently developing a searchable index of participating journal papers.
DSpace is a groundbreaking digital library system to capture, store, index, preserve, and redistribute the intellectual output of a university's research faculty in digital formats. Developed jointly by MIT Libraries and Hewlett-Packard (HP), it is freely available to research institutions worldwide as an open-source system that can be customised and extended. DSpace software manages and distributes digital items, made up of digital files (or bitstreams) and allows the creation, indexing, and searching of associated metadata to locate and retrieve the items.
The EJB is an open access peer-reviewed journal published by UNESCO. In addition to scientific studies, the journal has a regular section on biotechnology in developing countries. In past issues, this has included reviews of current research and case studies of capacity development, benefit sharing and other issues related to biotechnology in the South.
The Equator Network is an international initiative that aims to improve the quality of medical research reports. It provides a library of resources for health research reporting including guidance on scientific writing, information on research and publication ethics, and examples of good reporting.
The website also hosts a discussion forum and highlights upcoming events and courses.
The journal Genome Biology is published by BioMedCentral, and offers free access to primary research articles and a preprint depository
to which authors may submit work for free distribution over the web. It aims to provide an international forum for the dissemination, discussion and critical review of information about all areas of biology informed by genomic research. As well as publishing primary research, the journal features regular systematic reviews, critical assessments, reports, research news and commentary.
Global Health Action is a free, online, peer-reviewed journal devoted to public health challenges. The journal, launched in 2008, aims to fill gaps in health information between rich and poor countries. Papers should address the global health agenda and include a strong policy or implementation component. The journal welcomes manuscripts from the developing world and may waive the publication fee for authors who are unable to pay. It also offers a manuscript mentorship scheme to less experienced researchers.
HighWire Press is the largest online repository of free full-text life science papers, with over 600,000 papers organised by topic and journal (though many of these are from back issues). A large number of journals
are directly available free-of-charge to those in developing countries. Highwire Press is a division of Stanford University Libraries.
INASP Health Links is a catalogue of more than 500 online resources for health professionals, medical libraries, nongovernmental organisations and publishers, provided by the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications
. The linked sites are categorised for ease of use and sites that target users in developing countries are highlighted. Each link is accompanied by a brief summary of the site.
JCOM is an online journal on scientific communication, which is trying to become an interdisciplinary melting-pot capable of providing some theoretical guidelines for science communication. Each article undergoes multidisciplinary peer-reviewing by experts belonging to different areas of competence such as science, communication and theory of communication.
JAMA aims to promote the science and art of medicine and the improvement of public health by publishing original peer-reviewed clinical and laboratory articles on a diverse range of medical topics. One-time payment or subscription is required to access full text of articles, but abstracts can be viewed for free.
The Directory of Open Access Journals is an initiative of the Lund University Libraries. The objective of the initiative is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals.