Open Science Directory: Search tool for open access journals in special programmes 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) programme.


  • 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:

  • HINARI: 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 113 countries.
  • AGORA: 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.
  • OARE: 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.

Not available yet in the Open Science Directory: in negotiation

  • INASP-PERI: PERI is a programme to support capacity building in the research sector in developing and emerging countries by strengthening the production, access and dissemination of information & knowledge. The programme comprises five components: 1: Delivers information (Access to journals and research content). 2: Strengthens national research publications. 3: Enhances ICT skills. 4: Supports country collaboration and networking. 5: Research and development. This project already includes: over 20,000 full text online journals, many of the world’s leading citation, bibliographic and reference databases, document delivery from over 20,000 research journals, CD-ROM (or DVD) format can be provided where they are available.
  • eJDS: The electronic Journals Delivery Service (eJDS) is a prototype programme geared to facilitate the access to current scientific literature free of cost in the fields of Physics and Mathematics. The goal is to distribute individual scientific articles via e-mail to scientists in institutions in Developing Countries who do not have access to sufficient bandwidth to download material from the Internet in a timely manner and/or cannot afford the connection. The eJDS was made possible through agreements with several important scientific publishing companies and societies who provide access to their journals for free in the fields of Physics and Mathematics.
  • Finally, even if it was impossible to add an eIFL collection to the Open Science Directory, it is still a relevant program for institutes in search of support for access to scientific literature. is a not for profit organisation that supports and advocates for the wide availability of electronic resources by library users in transitional and developing countries. Its core activities are negotiating affordable subscriptions on a multi-country consortial basis, supporting national library consortia and maintaining a global knowledge sharing and capacity building network in related areas, such as open access publishing, intellectual property rights, open source software for libraries and the creation of institutional repositories of local content. currently offers 6 core programs to the consortia in its network:1. Negotiating affordable access to commercially available e-resources; 2. Supporting the creation of sustainable national library consortia; 3. Open access publishing and the building of institutional repositories of local content; 4. Intellectual property rights and libraries; 5. Free and open source software (FOSS) for libraries; 6. Knowledge sharing and networking.

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