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Here we provide a list of online resource portals for open access journals, free and downloadable full-text articles and portals to library resources to which developing country researchers have privileged access.

ADL: African Digital Library
A free public library that provides access to anyone living in Africa. To apply for free registration with ADL, click here.

Africa Portal Library
This open access repository holds publications related to African policy issues and they are available for free full-text download.

AgEcon Search – Research in Agricultural and Applied Economics
AgEcon Search is a free, open access repository of full-text scholarly literature in agricultural and applied economics. It includes working papers, conference papers and journal articles. It is part of the University of Minnesota’s Digital Conservancy.

AGORA: Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture
The AGORA site provides free access to almost 1900 journals from major scientific publishers in the fields of food, agriculture, environmental science, and related social sciences. Agora makes available agricultural information from the best of the academic journals to not-for-profit national academic, research or government institutions in low-income countries. Click here for registration, or contact email hidden; JavaScript is required.

AGRIS – International Information System for the Agricultural Sciences and Technology
AGRIS is a global public domain database maintained by FAO with more than two million structured bibliographical records that cover many aspects of agriculture, including forestry, animal husbandry, aquatic sciences and fisheries, human nutrition and extension from over 100 participating countries. The bibliographic references contain either links to the full text of the publication or additional information retrieved from related Internet resources. The available material includes unique grey literature such as unpublished scientific and technical reports, theses, conference papers, government publications, and more.

AJFAND Online – African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development
AJFAND is a quarterly peer reviewed journal published in Kenya by the Rural Outreach Programme (ROP) in Nairobi. AJFAND is open to both African and non-African contributors to publish in agriculture, food, nutrition, environmental management and sustainable development related information.

AJOL: African Journals Online
AJOL is a partnership between hundreds of African-published journals. It makes available the African-origin research output to Africans and to the rest of the world. Full text articles for Open Access journals on AJOL are free to download. Select the option of “List Open Access Only”. Free full-text articles for PERI Programme-eligible countries.

Bioline International
Bioline International provides open access to research journals published in developing countries (currently from Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, Ghana, India, Iran, Kenya, Malaysia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda and Venezuela) on the topics of public health, international development, tropical medicine, food and nutritional security and biodiversity.

Bioversity Library
Full-text contents of many journals are available for viewing.

DOAJDirectory of Open Access Journals
This service covers free, full text, scholarly journals. It aims to cover all open access scientific journals in all subjects and languages.

eJDSeJournals Delivery Service
The electronic Journals Delivery Service (eJDS) distributes individual scientific articles, free of charge, via email to scientists in developing country institutions where low bandwidth or complete lack of internet connection makes access to current scientific literature difficult or impossible. The goal is to provide current literature to support the ongoing research of scientists. In order to be able to use the free eJournals Delivery Service, it is necessary to register by email or fax. The eJDS system will reply by email on how to proceed.

Eldis maintains a collection of free full-text, online documents published in topic related to development, policy, practice and research.

Ethnobotany Research & Applications
A peer-reviewed multi-disciplinary journal with downloadable papers on applied research of plants.

FAO Corporate Document Repository
FAO CDR stores FAO documents and publications, as well as selected non-FAO publications, in electronic format.

Fruits covers a wide range of subjects (agronomy, crop protection, postharvest storage, product processing and marketing) on fruit crops in temperate, Mediterranean subtropical and tropical regions.

INASP/PERIInternational Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications/Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information
This network was designed to support research in developing and transitional countries by providing access to scientific and scholarly information through electronic means. Institutions in a range of developing countries are eligible for free access to a very large number of scientific journals on the Internet – the normally high subscription costs have been waivered through PERI (Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information). For more information contact email hidden; JavaScript is required.

JSTOR maintains an archive of scholarly journals in many disciplines and makes the full text of the articles widely available. Because JSTOR is an archive, current issues (usually the most recent 5 years) are not available, while its backfiles of journals may begin as early as the 1800s. Under the Open Africa initiative, JSTOR has waived all fees for higher education and not-for-profit research institutions in Africa.
Information on how to apply for the fee waiver is available here.

KIT Information Portal – Value Chains for Development
This portal, which is maintained by the Royal Tropical Institute, provides access to selected free, full-text electronic documents on pro-poor value chains.

NAL (National Agriculture Library) Catalogue
This portal provides citations to agricultural literature. Log in is requested.

OpenDOARThe Directory of Open Access Repositories
OpenDOAR provides a listing of worldwide academic open access repositories.

PLoS Biology
A peer-reviewed open-access journal published by the Public Library of Science.

Research4Life is the collective name for the four programmes – HINARI, AGORA, OARE and ARDI. Academic, governmental or research institutions in developing countries which are eligible for registration will be able to access to over 8000 peer-reviewed scientific journals, books and databases in the fields of health, agriculture, environment and other life, physical and social sciences.

SciELO: Scientific Electronic Library Online
Through SciELO, researchers can find scientific journals published on the Internet, which particular focus on the literature of Latin American and Caribbean countries. There are 279 searchable serials, from collections of journals published in Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Spain, Venezuela etc. More countries and more subject areas are being added.

Trees for Life Journal
Trees for Life Journal is an open-access journal of traditional knowledge and scientific studies of beneficial trees and plants published online by Trees for Life, a non-profit organization.