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Free or Low-Cost Access to Medical Journals and Books
For ORBIS Partners in Developing Countries

Community Eye Health Journal


Journal of Ophthalmology of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa (JOECSA)

The Journal of Ophthalmology of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa (JOECSA) is published in English and is dedicated to all aspects of ophthalmology and community eye health. Research papers contributing towards new knowledge in eye care, prevention of blindness and poverty eradication efforts relevant to Eastern Africa and other African countries will receive special attention.


Middle East Africa Journal of Ophthalmology (MEAJO)


MEAJO is an official journal of the Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO). The journal was indexed in PubMed and is published quarterly both on print and online.

Molecular Vision Journal

http://www.molvis.org/molvis Molecular Vision Journal

HINARI Program

HINARI program, set up by the World Health Organization (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 3070 journal titles are now available [either free or at low cost] to health institutions in 113 countries, benefiting many thousands of health workers and researchers, and in turn, contributing to improved world health."

Eligibility: "Local, not-for-profit institutions in two groups of countries may register for access to the journals through HINARI. The country lists are based on Gross National Product (GNP) per capita (World Bank figures, 2001). Institutions in countries with GNP per capita below $1000 (Phase 1) are eligible for free access. Institutions in countries with GNP per capita between $1000-$3000 (Phase 2) pay a fee of $1000 per year per institution. If your country is a Phase 2 country, and you cannot or choose not to pay the fee, your institution will still be eligible for free access to a certain number of [major scientific] journals."

Which countries can participate?

What journals are available?

What ophthalmology journals are available?

How do I register?

When I do a search in PubMed, can I link directly to full-text articles available to HINARI participants?
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Other Free Collections (courtesy of HINARI Program website)

Bioline International


DOAJ Directory of Open Access Journals



HighWire Press Free Online Full-text Articles

HighWire Press Free Access to Developing Economies

PLoS Public Library of Science

PubMed Central

SciELO Scientific Electronic Library Online

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