Promoting Open Access
Read Open Access, Search in Open Access,
Cite Open Access and Publish in Open Access
Why is Open Access Important?

As stated by the Public Library Of Science (PLoS), "Published research results
and ideas are the foundation for future progress in science and medicine. Open
Access publishing therefore leads to wider dissemination of information and
increased efficiency in science, by providing:

•        Open Access To Ideas.
Whether you are a patient seeking health information, an educator wishing to
enliven a lesson plan, or a researcher looking to formulate a hypothesis, making
papers freely available online provides you with the most current peer-reviewed
scientific information and discoveries.

•        Open Access To The Broadest Audience.
As a researcher, publishing in an open access journal allows anyone with an
interest in your work to read it - and that translates into increased usage and

Important Resources and links:

PLoS: Public Library of Science
“PLoS is a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to
making the world's scientific and medical literature a freely available public
Accessed August 6, 2007.

PLoS Medicine
A peer-reviewed open access journal published by Public Library of Science
Accessed August 6, 2007

PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Promoting Research, Opening Dialogue, Addressing Neglect.
Accessed August 6, 2007

Publishing Science, Accelerating Research.
Accessed August 6, 2007

Directory of Open Access Journals
“This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly
journals. We aim to cover all subjects and languages. There are now 2794
journals in the directory. Currently 836 journals are searchable at article level.
As of today 142393 articles are included in the DOAJ service.”Available:
Accessed August 6, 2007

The Budapest Open Access Initiative
“The Budapest Open Access Initiative arises from a small but lively meeting
convened in Budapest by the Open Society Institute (OSI) on December 1-2,
2001. The purpose of the meeting was to accelerate progress in the international
effort to make research articles in all academic fields freely available on the
internet.” Available:
Accessed August 6, 2007

Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative
“The HINARI program, set up by WHO together with major publishers, enables
developing countries to gain access to one of the world's largest collections of
biomedical and health literature. Over 3750 journal titles are now available to
health institutions in 113 countries, benefiting many thousands of health
workers and researchers, and in turn, contributing to improved world health.”
Accessed August 6, 2007

SciELO Brazil
“The Scientific Electronic Library Online - SciELO is an electronic library
covering a selected collection of Brazilian scientific journals.” Available:
Accessed August 6, 2007

SPARC: The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition
“SPARC ®, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, is an
international alliance of academic and research libraries working to correct
imbalances in the scholarly publishing system. Developed by the Association of
Research Libraries, SPARC has become a catalyst for change.” /
Accessed August 6, 2007

Misleading Open Access Myths
Available from the advocacy page of BioMedCentral:
Accessed August 6, 2007

Promoting free access

The Free medical Journals Website.
Dedicated to the promotion of free access to medical journals over the Internet.
Accessed August 5, 2007.

The Free Books for Doctors Website.
Dedicated to the promotion of free access to medical books over the Internet.
Accessed August 5, 2007.
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