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Multi-disciplinary Resources

The following is a list of links to and information about multi-disciplinary e-resources. These resources are open access and freely available to all.

Academic Journals

Academic Journals, a broad-based open access publisher, was founded on two key tenets: To publish the most exciting researches with respect to the subjects of our functional Journals. Secondly, to provide a rapid turn-around time possible for reviewing and publishing, and to disseminate the articles freely for teaching and reference purposes.

African Journals OnLine (AJOL)

AJOL is a database of journals published in Africa, covering the full range of academic disciplines. The objective of AJOL is to give greater visibility to the participating journals, and to the research they convey by providing access to tables of contents and abstracts on the Internet, links to full text (if available) plus document delivery of paper articles, which is subsidised to developing countries. Journals are included on the basis of their quality of content and proven record of regular publication.


Bookboon's free online textbooks for students are focused and to the point. They are all written by highly respected professors from top universities in the world and cover topics such as economics, statistics, IT, engineering and natural science.

 British Library for Development Studies Digital Library

Full-text copies of developing country research from the shelves of the British Library for Development Studies(BLDS). These publications have been made available online to a global audience through partnership agreements between BLDS and research institutes in Africa and Asia.

Campbell Collaboration

Campbell Collaboration provides free access to systematic reviews of research evidence on the effectiveness of social interventions. Campbell Collaboration summarises research in four interlinked research fields: crime and justice, education, international development and social welfare. 


Leading electronic archive for self-archive papers in any area of psychology, neuroscience, and linguistics, and areas of computer science, philosophy, biology, the physical, social and mathematical sciences that are pertinent to the study of cognition.


Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources (ROAD)

ROAD, the Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources, is a service offered by the ISSN International Centre with the support of the Communication and Information Sector of UNESCO. ROAD provides a free access to a subset of the ISSN Register. This subset comprises  bibliographic records which describe scholarly resources in Open Access which have been assigned an ISSN by the ISSN Network : journals, conference proceedings and academic repositories. 

Electronic Journals Library

The Electronic Journals Library is a service offered by the University Library of Regensburg to facilitate the use of scholarly journals on the Internet. At the moment, it contains 19540 titles, among them 2195 online-only journals, covering all subjects. 7414 journals can be read free-of-charge.


E-LIS is an open access archive for scientific or technical documents, published or unpublished, on Librarianship, Information Science and Technology, and related disciplines. It offers free access to "e-prints in library and information science" research papers.


EvidenceAid provides free access to published systematic reviews of relevance to natural disasters, humanitarian crises or major healthcare emergencies, that include health outcomes. These systematic reviews have been assessed by EvidenceAid along with partners (including the International Rescue Committee (USA) and Cochrane).

Google Scholar

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.

HighWire Press

HighWire Press at Stanford University develops and maintains the web versions of important journals in biomedicine and other disciplines. A list of journals with free full-text articles online is available.

Information Research is an open access, international, peer-reviewed, scholarly journal, dedicated to making accessible the results of research across a wide range of information-related disciplines. It is hosted, and given technical support, by Lund University Libraries, Sweden and editorial support by the University of Borås , Sweden.

Journals Online

The journals online provide access to online journals published in-country and covering a wide range of academic displines. The objective of the Journals Online is to give greater visibility to the participating journals and the research they convey. They provide information on each participating journal, including aims and scope, contact details and general information. It also provides tables of contents and abstracts (where available) for all articles published within these journals. Many full text articles are also available.


JournalTOCs is a free current awareness service aimed at researchers worldwide.  You can use JournalTOCs to keep up-to-date with the latest Tables of Contents from over 22,000 journals, including over 5,700 Open Access journals.

National Academies Press

The National Academies Press (NAP) allows readers in most developing countries to obtain Academies reports free from the NAP Web site in portable document format (PDF). Access is also available to Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a multidisciplinary journal that spans the biological, physical, and social sciences. It is published weekly in print and daily online in PNAS Early Edition.

OECD Working Papers

OECD Working Papers are prepared by the OECD Secretariat, consultants, or delegates as input into various OECD committee and working group processes. They are organised around a number of series based on programmes within the OECD including Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Science, Technology and Industry, and Health. Some papers are available in French.

Open Science Directory

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 IOCs (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO) IODE (International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange) programme. The goal is to create a global search tool for all open access and special programs journal titles. About 13,000 journals are now available in the Open Science Directory.

Oxfam Policy and Practice Publications

Free access to over 3,800 development and humanitarian policy, training and research publications from Oxfam and its partners worldwide, including books, policy papers, research reports, case studies and journal articles.


ScienceOpen, is a next generation Open Access platform that builds on the premise that scholarly publishing is not an end in itself, but the beginning of a dialogue to move research forward. It combines over 1 million articles from all areas of modern science, the humanities and social sciences with collaborative pre-publication workspaces, immediate publication and post-publication peer-review.

Social Sciences Directory

Social Sciences Directory is a multi-disciplinary open access journal that was set up to provide low-cost publishing opportunities and respond to changing user behaviour.


SpringerOpen is Springer's portfolio of fully open access journals and books, covering all areas of science. The entire content published with SpringerOpen is freely accessible online immediately upon publication. SpringerOpen views open access to research as essential in order to ensure the rapid and efficient communication of research findings.

Taylor&Francis Open and Routledge Open

Taylor & Francis and Routledge currently publish a number of pure open access journals, with no subscription content. The articles in these journals receive both rigorous peer review and expedited online publication. Authors have the option of publishing their open access article under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license, as mandated by some research funders.

The Africa Portal

The Africa Portal is an online knowledge resource for policy-related issues in Africa. It is managed by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). Themes include food security, economic development, health, migration, climate change, peace and security, regional integration, natural resources, conflict resolution, energy and governance.


The UNESCO database contains over 130 000 free downloadable documents in six official languages covering all UNESCO fields of competence since 1945 and publications edited by the Organization.

Virginia Tech Electronic Library

Digital Library and Archives provides access to scholarly electronic journals that are peer-reviewed, full text and accessible without cost. Journal range from topics in education, engineering, literature to technology, philosphy and libraries science. Most journals are available in both PDF and HTML.

World Development Report Online, Complete

The Complete World Development Report Online allows users to access reports covering topics ranging from agriculture, the role of the state and labour to infrastructure, health, the environment and poverty free of charge. Search options include title and/or topic across all WDRs since 1978 plus related material and also access to the critical WDR background papers since 2005.

Wiley Open Access

Wiley Open Access is a program of fully open access journals.  All research articles published in Wiley Open Access journals are immediately freely available to read, download and share. The fully open access journals are published in collaboration with authoritative journals and societies as well as supported by internationally renowned editorial board members

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