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Open Access Resources

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We have compiled a series of open access resources available on the web.



African Health Sciences - The African Health Sciences is an internationally refereed journal publishing original articles on research, clinical practice, public health, policy, planning, implementation and evaluation, in the health and related sciences relevant to Africa and the tropics.

Bioline International is a not-for-profit electronic publishing service committed to providing open access to quality research journals published in developing countries. BI's goal of reducing the South to North knowledge gap is crucial to a global understanding of health (tropical medicine, infectious diseases, epidemiology, emerging new diseases), biodiversity, the environment, conservation and international development. With peer-reviewed journals from Brazil, Cuba, India, Indonesia, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe and more to come, BI provides a unique service by making bioscience information generated in these countries available to the international research community world-wide.

BioMed Central - An independent publishing house committed to providing immediate free access to peer-reviewed biomedical research.

Ceylon Medical Journal - A quarterly journal published by the Sri Lanka Medical Association (Est. 1887).

Free Medical Journals - A website dedicated to promoting free full-text access to journals.

Highwire Press - Standford University Libraries, a collection of high-impact, peer-reviewed journals and other scholarly content. Collection has approximately 785 108 free full text articles.

HINARI (Health InterNetwork) - WHO initiative to improve access to literature for medical institutions in developing countries.

International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) - Tables of contents & abstracts from journals published in Africa, including in health & the social sciences.

Mpilo Medical Journal - Mpilo Central Hospital, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

Satellife - An organization dedicated to improving access to information for health professionals in developing countries.

Scielo - Scientific Electronic Library Online - Free scientific journals originating in Latin America.


Acta Chirurgica Brasileira (Portugese) - Publishes original papers on basic and applied research in surgery and biomedical sciences.

Association of Surgeons of East Africa (ASEA)

Burn Surgery - is a website designed to provide a comprehensive, up-to-date Educational Tool for burn care professionals throughout the world. As the science and clinical care of burn patients rapidly evolves, we hope that this site will provide an additional tool for burn care professionals to disseminate improvements in burn care. As a nonprofit educational group, we hope to increase the sense of community of burn care scientists and clinicians using the Internet.

Canadian Journal of Surgery

Cirugia Plastica (Spanish) - Órgano Oficial de la Asociación Mexicana de Cirugía Plástica, Estética y Reconstructiva y Sociedades Filiales.

Cirugia y Cirujanos (Spanish) - Órgano de difusión científica de la Academia Mexicana de Cirugía (Fundada en 1933).

Cirujano General - Órgano Oficial de la Asociación Mexicana de Cirugía General.

College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA)

e-Memoires de l'Academie Nationale de Chirurgie (French).

Karolinska Institute - A comprehensive list of links to surgical websites. - provides unbiased peer reviewed information about laparoscopic surgery and other minimally invasive techniques. In carrying out this mission, this material is presented as an electronic medical text book enhanced by high quality multimedia.

Medscape (surgery) - Very popular with Ptolemy participants.

Foundation for International Education in Neurological Surgery (FIENS) - The Foundation for International Education in Neurological Surgery, Inc. was founded in 1969 to promote education and development of Neurosurgery in the areas of the world in need. FIENS is associated with the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies and functions in cooperation with the Education Committee of the World Federation. FIENS and the International Committee of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons have developed a joint program (VINE) and work in close cooperation. Together these organizations have established FIND (Federation for International Neurosurgical Development) which assists in procuring and delivering supplies, equipment and other material aid to neurosurgical programs throughout the world.

Neurosurgical Focus American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

Neurosurgery on the Web

Revista Cubana de Cirugia (Spanish)

Revista Latinoamerica de Tecnologia Extracorporea (Portugese)

Romanian Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Hand Surgery


Surgical Tutor - This site contains educational material aimed at those preparing for undergraduate and postgraduate surgical examinations. It includes clinical tutorials, a journal club, multiple choice questions, revision notes, slide library, discussion group and more.

SURGINET - E -mail discussion group for general surgeons.

Surgent - Interactive Medical Teaching online. A pilot project in undergraduate surgical teaching from the Department of Academic Surgery, Cork University Hospital.

Surgery and Healing in the Developing World

The Surgeon - Journal of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Vesalius - Surgical education resource.

Video Journal of Orthopaedics. - The largest collection of educational programs in laparoscopic surgery.


Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Google Scholar

Infomed - Portal de Salud de Cuba

Medical Bookmarks - A collection of bookmarks (links) from the Royal Hospital Haslar in England.

Medscape - Collection includes 50+ journals and textbooks.

National Guideline Clearinghouse American evidence-based clinical guideline.

National Institutes of Health

On-line Medical Dictionary

University of Zambia College of Medicine - Abstracts of recent research by students and faculty.



Injury Control Centre (ICC) - Uganda - The Injury Control Centre-Uganda is a Uganda registered non-governmental organization that was incorporated in May 1998, although its research activities started in 1996. It has a vision to be the lead agency in injury prevention and control, contributing to a major reduction of the injury burden nationally and internationally.

Injury Prevention Journal (online) - An international peer review journal for health professionals and others in injury prevention.

Karolinska Institute

WHO Violence and Injury Prevention (Home Page) - This VIP website contains data and information about injuries in general, their extent, risk factors and prevention measures, and describes the work of the Department in some key areas: prevention of violence, prevention of road traffic injuries, injury prevention policies, the health care response to injuries, capacity development and advocacy. Information is also included about our partners and the conferences and events they host around the world. Available as well are VIP publications, and a media centre with press releases, speeches and fact sheets.


Resource Discovery Network - The UK's national gateway for the learning, teaching and research community, developed by over 70 research organizations. Our top choice for links to more than 80,000 scholarly Internet resources via a series of subject-based information gateways. Includes and provides links to SOSIG (Social Science, Business and Law), HUMBUL (Humanities), BIOME (Health, Medicine and Life Sciences), GEsource Geography and Environment), EEVL (Engineering, Mathematics and Computing), PSIgate (Physical Sciences), and artifact (Arts and Creative Industries).

Academic Info - Although the organization of this site is not as good as some, it does well in identifying major academic sites.

BUBL Link 5:15 - Great for finding a few 'good' academic sites since it lists between 5 and 15 sites on a given topic. BUBL has a British and European focus though inclusion can be somewhat quirky.

MeL Internet: "Best of the Internet" - Selected by Librarians - A co-operative project listing over 20,000 sites. The selection criteria and the clean design makes finding high quality resources a breeze.

Librarian's Index to the Internet - A clearly organized list of over 8,000 current resources selected by public librarians. For easy browsing, each category starts with 'best of'. Includes hard to find sites such as databases and directories.

WWW Virtual Library - The VL is the oldest catalog of the web, started by Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of html and the web itself. It is run by a loose confederation of volunteers, who compile pages of key links for particular areas in which they are expert.


Acacia - An international effort to empower sub-Saharan African communities with the ability to apply information and communication technologies to their own social and economic development.

African Digital Library - A free public library for users in Africa (only) who have access to the Internet. Over 60 publishers will provide full-text books, and the library currently contains 8, 000 electronic books.

African Health Anthology - A collection of bibliographic databases from Africa, Europe and the USA, approximately 300 000 searchable records.

African Index Medicus (AIM) - Association of Health Information and Libraries in Africa (AHILA) with support from WHO produced and international index to African health literature and information sources. Contains approximately 6 000 records.

BestBets - Provides quick evidence-based answers to real-life clinical questions, using a systematic approach to reviewing the literature. Users can browse or search the database for free. Users are also encouraged to submit answers themselves.

CNIS (Canadian Network for International Surgery) - The Canadian Network for International Surgery is a non-profit organization that promotes the delivery of essential surgical care to the underprivileged. Our vision is to empower low-income countries to create an environment where the risk of injuries is minimal and all people receive adequate surgical care.

Health on the Net Foundation - Offers a specialized search engine designed to locate Internet information related to a given medical and health domain; and an assisted-search facility that integrates heterogeneous databases to offer users a full assortment of healthcare information and resources available on the Web.

HealthNet - SATELLIFE's computer-based telecommunications system that links health care professionals around the world to each other. Provides electronic mail and electronic conferences to allow for discussion between clinicians and access to certain electronic publications.

Laparoscopy - Internet site for laparoscopic surgery.

Malaria Research Resources (MIMCom.Net) - The National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), working in partnership with organizations in Africa, the U.S., the United Kingdom and Europe. Electronic malaria research network that provides full access to the Internet and the resources of the WWW, current medical literature for scientists working in Africa.

Mayo Clinic - Provides information on a variety of health-related topics including pharmaceuticals, diseases and conditions.

SciDev.Net - The overall aim is to enhance the provision of reliable and authoritative information on science- and technology - related issues that impact on the economic and social development of developing countries.

Tools for Life - In an innovative electronic experiment, the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (JHU/CCP) has been using the Internet to promote, pretest and develop 28 health activity cards and over 40 information cards that make up Tools for Life: an integrated set of health communication materials for community health workers. Tools for Life includes participatory health education materials for safe motherhood, nutrition and infant health, and prevention and treatment of common illnesses and diseases, as well as reproductive health information including family planning. The cards feature questions and key health messages that are designed to generate discussion with community members on the various health topics.

Trauma - TRAUMA.ORG is an independent, non-profit organisation providing global education, information and communication resources for professionals in trauma and critical care.

WHO - Index of Burden of Disease - Research Organizations Index of Burden of Disease Research Organizations.

WHO Bulletin - Free access to the International Journal of Public Health.

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