Open Access Resources

Open Access Resources


Bentham Open                                     Image removed.

BENTHAM OPEN publishes a number of peer-reviewed open access journals. These free-to-view online journals cover all major disciplines of science, technology, medicine and social sciences.


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The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize and make accessible the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections and to make that literature available for open access and responsible use as a part of a global “biodiversity commons.” The BHL consortium works with the international taxonomic community, rights holders, and other interested parties to ensure that this biodiversity heritage is made available to a global audience through open access principles. In partnership with the Internet Archive and through local digitization efforts, the BHL has digitized millions of pages of taxonomic literature, representing tens of thousands of titles and over 100,000 volumes.


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Bioline International is a not-for-profit scholarly publishing cooperative committed to providing open access to quality research journals published in developing countries. BI's goal of reducing the South to North knowledge gap is crucial to a global understanding of health (tropical medicine, infectious diseases, epidemiology, emerging new diseases), biodiversity, the environment, conservation and international development. By providing a platform for the distribution of peer-reviewed journals (currently from Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, Ghana, India, Iran, Kenya, Malaysia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda and Venezuela), BI helps to reduce the global knowledge divide by making bioscience information generated in these countries available to the international research community world-wide.


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BioOne is a nonprofit publisher that aims to make scientific research more accessible through a growing portfolio of products including its full-text aggregation, BioOne Complete, and open access journal, Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene.

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CSIR ResearchSpace - Council of Scientific & Industrial Research

CSIR Researchspace database provides access to research outputs generated by CSIR scientists. The CSIR in South Africa is one of the leading scientific and technology research, development and implementation organizations in Africa. It undertakes directed research and development for socio-economic growth.


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The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) is a discovery service for peer reviewed books published under an open access licence. 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.


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The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) lists free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals, covering all subjects and languages.


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The Directory of Open Access Resources (OpenDOAR) aims to provide a comprehensive and authoritative list of academic open access repositories for end-users who wish to find particular archives or who wish to break down repositories by locale, content or other measures. Users can search for repositories by the following regions: Africa, Asia, Australasia, Caribbean, Central America, Europe, North America, and South America.


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EconPapers provides access to the world's largest collection of on-line Economics working papers, journal articles and software.


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F1000Research is an open science publishing platform for life scientists that offers immediate publication and transparent peer review.


FreeFullPDF                                 Image removed. aims to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific journals, theses, posters and patents. All scientific subjects are covered and all content are freely available in PDF format. was developped by KnowMade SARL. KnowMade is a Technology Intelligence company specialized in the research and analysis of scientific and technical information. We provide customized watching services and on demand studies with high added value to businesses and research laboratories.


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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.



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The GDRL is a collaborative effort between the U.S. International Council on Disabilities (USICD) and the University of Iowa’s WiderNet Project with funding support from USAID. It is working to bring the best materials on disability rights and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to developing countries, particularly to locations with limited internet access.


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Kenya Journals provides free access to research information to the international community without financial, legal or technical barriers. All the journals from this organization will be freely distributed and available from multiple websites.


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Get access to Laws of Kenya, Kenya Law Reports, Kenya Gazette, among other publications through the website of the National Council for Law Reporting (Kenya).


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The Kenya Open Data Portal makes Public Government data-setsaccessible for free to the public in easy reusable formats, supporting the Government's drive to proactively inform citizens and be accountable.


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An international health and e-print server organised by The Lancet. Free access is available to pre-print articles and unpublished work. The Lancet is committed to making educational resources accessible to clinicians in resource-poor countries. This electronic research archive in international health enables authors to self-archive research relevant to medicine in the developing world, with subsequent comments on the research posted alongside. Free registration is required.



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Dissertations (NDLTD)

This is an international organization dedicated to promoting theadoption, creation, use, dissemination, and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs). We support electronic publishing and open access to scholarship in order to enhance the sharing of knowledge worldwide. Our website includes resources for university administrators, librarians, faculty, students, and the general public. Topics include how to find, create, and preserve ETDs; how to set up an ETD program; legal and technical questions; and the latest news and research in the ETD community.


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Open County Dashboard

The Open County Dashboard seeks to publish county level open data - especially that which relates to progress and development at county level. Its purpose is to strengthen the county governments’ efforts to be transparent and accountable to their citizens.


OMICS International Open Access publisher

OMICS International (and its subsidiaries), is an Open Access publisher and international conference Organizer, which owns and operates 700 peer-reviewed Clinical, Medical, Life Sciences, and Engineering & Technology journals and hosts 3000 scholarly conferences per year in the fields of clinical, medical, pharmaceutical, life sciences, business, engineering, and technology. OMICS journals have more than 15 million readers and its conferences bring together internationally renowned speakers and scientists to create exciting and memorable events, filled with lively interactive sessions and world-class exhibitions and poster presentations.

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PeerJ is an award-winning biological and medical sciences journal. It publishes the world's scientific knowledge through open access licensing. Over 2067 peer-reviewed articles and 2515 preprints published to date.


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POPLINE®(POPulation information onLINE) contains citations with abstracts to scientific articles, reports, books, and unpublished reports in the field of population, family planning, and related health issues. POPLINE is maintained by the K4Health Project at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Center for Communication Programs and is funded by the United States Agency for International Development, (USAID).

POPLINE has nearly 370,000 records. The majority of items are published from 1970 to the present, however, there are selected citations dating back to 1827. The database adds 8,000 records annually.


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PLoS is a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource. PLoS publishes seven peer-reviewed open-access journals.


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The Southern African Legal Information Institute publishes legal information for free public access which comprises mainly of case law and legislation from South Africa.

SAFLII also hosts legal materials from other countries in the region which are obtained through partnerships, collaborative efforts and more recently through linking to other Legal Information Institutes established in these regions.

All information is offered on a free and open basis subject to our terms of use and is continuously updated.


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ScienceHuβ is a global science and technology publisher and provides free access to research articles and latest research information without any barrier to scientific community. Our internationally recognized publishing program covers wide array of science and technology disciplines.


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ScienceOpen is a freely accessible research network to share and evaluate scientific information. We aggregate Open Access articles from a variety of sources – opening them up to commenting and discussion. Manuscripts submitted to ScienceOpen will be published Open Access and evaluated in a fully transparent Post-Publication Peer Review process.


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The Africa Desk is a new portal designed to support collaboration between UK and African researchers by enabling them to locate and make contact with colleagues sharing similar research interests and to identify potential future collaborators. The Africa Desk also aims to provide a central source of advice and information for African scholars interested in the activities of the UK Africanist research community, or who wish to apply for research funding or fellowships, establish collaborative projects with UK academics, or get their work published in UK Africanist journals.


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Ubiquity Press is an open access publisher of peer-reviewed academic journals, books and data. We operate a highly cost-efficient model that makes quality open access publishing affordable for everyone.


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WHOLIS is the World Health Organization's library database. Thousands of WHO publications and technical documents in digital format are already available online through WHOLIS. This number will increase as access to WHO materials in all available languages improves with the upcoming implementation of the Institutional Repository for Information Sharing (IRIS). IRIS will provide WHO’s information products in digital format from a single location with a multilingual interface. Its content will be freely accessible and searchable initially in the six official languages.


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The World Legal Information Institute (WorldLII) is a free, independent and non-profit global legal research facility developed collaboratively by the following Legal Information Institutes and other organisations.


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The World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR)  which was launched in April 2012 is the official World Bank open access repository for its research outputs and knowledge products. It contains research from thousands of works including World Bank published books from 2009-2012; all World Development Reports (WDRs) since 1978;  Policy Research Working Papers (PRWP) from 2009-2012; Economic and Sector Work (ESW) studies from 2009-2012; Journal articles from 2007-2010 published in World Bank Economic Review (WBER) and World Bank Research Observer (WBRO).                        Image removed. is a global science gateway, providing one-stop searching of over 90 national and international scientific databases and portals from more than 70 countries. Users can search and translate 400 million pages of science and technology information. Resources available via WorldWideScience include DOAJ and all the Journals Online projects (JOLs).