Section 1: Academic Search Engines

Google Scholar


Educators Technology

Section 2: Open Access Sites

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

Electronic Journals Library

Digital commons

List of academic databases and search engines

The free library

Scientific Research

Theology Open access resources

Philosophy Ethics Humanities in Medicine

Open Access Library

Open Access Journals Search Engine (OAJSE)


Africa Journals Online

JSTOR (SJTI portal)

Section 3: Collections that are free for most African Researchers (or to researchers from low income countries)

The International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP)

Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA)

HINARI is for Access to Research in Health and works in the same way as AGORA above

Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE)

Access to Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI)

The African Digital Library (ADL) is a collection of electronic books (eBooks) that can be accessed and used free-of-charge by anyone living on the African continent

A collection of data from around the world on or relating to Africa

Section 4: Collections that are free to all users

A list of Madagascan published journals including archives, conference reports, theses and other papers

Free Medical Journals

Open Doar: Directory of Open Access Repositories is an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories

SciELO – Scientific Electronic Library Online is a model for cooperative electronic publishing of scientific journals on the Internet. Especially conceived to meet the scientific

ResearchGATE is a free of charge, online research platform with meta-data of around 35 million articles and publications and tens of thousands of full-texts available, focused on the sciences but open to all disciplines. ResearchGATE also acts as a social networking platform where information on jobs, conferences and new publications can be shared between individuals and groups.

African Portal Library Over 3000 Open Access books, journals and digital documents relating to African policy issues can be found here

Section 5: Other useful links

AJOL was a founding Member of the WWS Alliance, the multilateral governance structure for, which is a global science gateway connecting you to national and international scientific databases and portals. WorldWideScience accelerates scientific discovery and progress by providing one-stop searching of global science sources.

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is an independent Pan-African research organisation with a primary focus on the social sciences, and is the apex non-governmental centre of social knowledge production on the continent.

The Science and Development Network – news, views and information about science, technology and the developing world.

The Africa Portal is an online knowledge resource for policy-related issues on Africa.

This link allows you to retrieve Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for journal articles, books, and chapters by simply cutting and pasting the reference list into the box provided on the page. You may use the form with any reference style, although the tool works most reliably if references are formatted in a standard style.

A free-to-download anti-plagiarism and detection tool. Useful for editors and authors alike.

Information to learn about and benefit from Open Educational Resources (OER)

AuthorAID is a global research community that provides networking, mentoring, resources and training for researchers in developing countries.

The Digital Object Identifier (DOI®) System is for identifying content objects in the digital environment. DOI® names are assigned to any entity for use on digital networks. They act as a URL and allow the article/object in question to be found on the net even if it regularly moves location.

OASIS aims to provide information on all things Open Access, covering the concept, principles, advantages, approaches and means to achieving it.