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OPEN SCIENCE DIRECTORY:Search tool for open access journals and journals in special programs for developing countries

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 IOC’s (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO) IODE (International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange)rogramme.



 To create a global search tool for all open access and special programs journal titles.

·     To enhance the access of these collections by creating direct links to the journals and their articlesincluded in this A-to-Z-list.

·     All information about the included journal collections is available at the websites of the included projects. These websites are directly accessible from the Open Science Directory.

·     The Open Science Directory will not replace these programs. Also the different programs have their own regulations and eligibility conditions. As a interested user, you or your institute will have to register on their sites if you want to make use of special programs like HINARI, AGORA, INASP-PERI, OARE, eIFL and eJDS.

Target groups:

·     Institutes (universities, research units, …) and their researchers in developing countries.

·     Every organization and researcher interested in these collections.


·     About 13000 scientific journals are now available in the ‘Open Science Directory’. When all the special program journals will be included, the Open Science Directory will contain more than 20000 titles.

·     Open Science Directory contains collections of Open Access Journals (full – partly) and journals in the special programs (Hinari, Agora). Other programs will be added in the near future: OARE, INASP-PERI, eIFL, eJDS.

Open Acces Journals: The most important collections are:


  •  The Directory of Open Access Journals covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. We aim to cover all subjects and languages. There are about 3000 in the directory (Dec 1, 2007). DOAJ is developed by the Lund University Libraries.  
  •  BioMed Central is an independent publishing house committed to providing immediate open access to peer-reviewed biomedical research. BioMed Central contains 184 journals (Dec 1, 2007). Many are citation-tracked and already have Impact Factors.   
  •  A division of the Stanford University Libraries, HighWire Press hosts a large repository of high impact, peer-reviewed content, with 1079 journals and 4,552,400 full text articles from over 130 scholarly publishers. HighWire-hosted publishers have collectively made 1,823,449 articles free. You will find the journals in the Open Science Directory with the embargo information included
  • PubMed Central (PMC) is the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature. 

Journals in special programs:  

 The Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI), set up by the World Health Organization (WHO) together with major publishers provides free or very low cost online access to the major journals in biomedical and related social sciences to local, not-for-profit institutions in developing countries. Over 3750 journal titles are now available to health institutions in 113countries. 
  • Hindawi Journals 
  • Internet Library of Early Journals
  • Internet Scientific Publications 
  • J-STAGE (Free Access)
  • Making of America (Cornell)
  • Making of America (Michigan) 

  • Making of America (Michigan) 

  • Making of America (Michigan) 
  •   The AGORA program, set up by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN  (FAO) together with major publishers, enables developing countries to gain access to an outstanding digital library collection in the fields of food, agriculture, environmental science and related social sciences. AGORA provides a collection of 1132 journals to institutions in 107 countries.





  • AgZines  

  • Archive of African Journals 
  • Bentham Open
  • Bioline International
  • BioMed Central (Open Access)
  • Blackwell Synergy Free Journal Backfiles
  • Central Online + Open Access Library (COOL)
  • Digital Imaging Project of South Africa (DISA)
  • DigiZeitschriften (Open Access)
  • DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals
  • EBSCO Open Access Medical and Health Collection
  • EEVL (Free Access e-journals)
  • EMIS: Electronic Library of Mathematics
  • Free Access Journals (HighWire)
  • Free Medical Journals
  • Geneva Foundation Free Medical Journals 

 Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE), an international public-private consortium coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Yale University, and leading science and technology publishers, enables developing countries to gain access to one of the world’s largest collections of environmental science research. Over 1,300 peer reviewed titles owned and published by over 340 prestigious publishing houses and scholarly societies are now available in more than 100 low income countries. 

  • Open J-Gate
  • Oxford Open 
  • PLoS – Public Library of Science
  • Project Euclid (Open Access)
  • PubMed Central (Open Access)
  • Revistas Médicas Cubanas
  • Scholars Portal
  • SciELO
  • TUMS Journals


 Source & for more details visit: http://www.opensciencedirectory.net/ 

 Source & for more details visit: http://www.opensciencedirectory.net/ 


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