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Peer-reviewed scientific journals continue to be the most reliable source for research in times of uncertainty. In response to the challenges due to the health crisis and the spread of the Covid-19 virus, many international publishers and national libraries make their scientific content available on their platforms for free. Below is a list of these resources.
The high cost of subscribing to scientific journals has long been a problem for universities and research institutes in low-income countries. In the 1990s and 2000s, reduction in subscription costs became a problem in developed countries as well. The current crisis around the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) testifies to the importance of continuous Open Access to scientific medical and technical information for researchers, professors, students, journalists.
EIFL and the International Coalition of Library Consortia have issued a statement on the global pandemic COVID-19, which calls for publishers to make openly any relevant COVID-19 information, data sets on coronaviruses, vaccines, antivirals. (Read more: Statement on the Global COVID-19 Pandemic and Its Impact on Library Services and Resources).
Collections and databases have been created today that combine research information on COVID-19 for easy retrieval. However, many major commercial publishers have also opened their collections of medical research and made it (for the time being) free. This initiative made it possible to access the content of the world's largest commercial publishers free of charge.
ELibUkr, Center for Digital Research & Scholarship at NaUKMA, and the NaUKMA Scientific Library have compiled the most comprehensive list of such resources. Although not all materials are COVID-19 only, they may provide a broader context for how the world has responded to other previous coronavirus outbreaks, including SARS. In addition, this content examines the impact on society and includes research in health, education, remote work and tourism.
Covid-19 and SARS-CoV-2 research in archives, scientific databases and publishers websites
1Science Coronavirus Research Repository (Elsevier) - Elsevier Coronavirus Research Repository, presenting scholarly articles on COVID-19, SARS, MERS and other coronaviruses research, provides access to 37.679 publications.
AIP Publishing - To support global research during the COVID-19 pandemic, AIP Publishing has made this collection of articles on infectious diseases, epidemics, computational epidemiology, and pandemics free to read..
American Chemical Society (ACS Publications) - In light of the current outbreak of a novel coronavirus (2019–nCoV), ACS Publications would like to share this Virtual Issue that features a collection of articles on coronavirus research. Chemistry has a key role to play in understanding everything from viral structure to pathogenesis, isolation of vaccines and therapies, as well as in the development of materials and techniques used by basic researchers, virologists and clinicians..
аrXiv - arXiv is a free distribution service and an open-access archive for 1,691,884 scholarly articles in the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, statistics, electrical engineering and systems science, and economics.
bioRxiv / medRxiv COVID19 - bioRxiv (a preprints service for biology) is receiving and sharing many new papers on coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.
Brill - More than 30 leading STM publishers have committed to making all of their COVID-19 and coronavirus-related publications immediately accessible. At Brill we have opened up books and articles on topics such as public health, distance learning, crisis research. If any new related content is published with us, it will be added to this collection.
Cambridge - CambridgeCore creates a free SARS-CoV-2 research collection, "Coronavirus Free Access Collection".
Cell Press - The latest articles on the current COVID-19 pandemic outbreak from Cell Press.
ChemRxiv - In light of the current outbreak of a novel coronavirus (2019–nCoV), ChemRxiv would like to share this collection of preprints* on COVID-19. Chemistry has a key role to play in understanding everything from viral structure to pathogenesis, isolation of vaccines and therapies, as well as in the development of materials and techniques used by basic researchers, virologists, and clinicians.
Clarivate Analytics (Web of Science) - A global health emergency can occur without warning, as we are now seeing with the coronavirus pandemic. Scientists are attempting to develop vaccines and treatments as quickly as possible to meet the increasing needs of those affected. To support medical researchers and healthcare professionals in their efforts to better understand and combat the disease associated with the novel COVID-19 coronavirus, Clarivate Analytics have assembled an array of resources on this page.
CORD-19 dataset - The Semantic Scholar team at the Allen Institute for AI has partnered with leading research groups to provide CORD-19, a free resource of more than 57,000 scholarly articles about the novel coronavirus for use by the global research community..
Dimensions - In order to provide easy access to COVID-19 outbreak information, the Dimensions database has created an in-depth link to full-text search results for COVID-19 research. The Chinese Academy of Sciences has recommended that researchers use Dimensions as the source of all virus research results.
EBSCO - EBSCO Information Services announced that "a team of healthcare professionals and medical experts, based on EBSCO research, has launched a portal on COVID-19, which integrates real-time updates from reputable sources to gather resources on all aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic." The academic community can use it to get "real-time reliable information.".
Emerald - Emeralp Publishing has brought together a number of research resources related to the coronavirus group of viruses, and epidemics more broadly. They are making these resources freely available to access via Emerald Insight throughout this public health emergency.
Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data (GISAID) - GISAID data Submitters and Curators ensure real-time data sharing of hCoV-19 remains reliable, to enable rapid progress in the understanding of the new COVID-19 disease and in the research and development of candidate medical countermeasures.
IEEE - IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is a research database for searching and accessing journal articles, conference papers, technical papers, and related materials in computer science, electrical and electronics, and related industries. The database has opened articles and conference proceedings from the IEEE Xplore Digital Library that can help researchers understand and manage the various aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the technologies that can be used to combat it.
JSTOR - JSTOR editors explored the JSTOR corpus to identify articles relevant to the COVID-19 crisis, highlighting more than 6,000 articles from more than 500 journals and making them free for all to read through June 30, 2020. They can be searched and discovered on jstor.org and along with JSTOR’S open and freely available content..
Karger - Karger Publishers supports research in this area by providing free access to relevant articles (listed below) and works with international organisations to support the sharing of relevant research and data, including supporting the WHO and the initiative from the White House Office of Science and Technology to make all relevant research and data immediately available in one place via PubMed Central (PMC). In addition, to enable fast access to research articles, we have signed the consensus statement by Wellcome about Sharing research data and findings relevant to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Kluwer - To support health professionals working around the clock to meet those most in need, Wolters Kluwer is making the following updates and resources available - at no charge - for clinicians, nurses and medical researchers, in response to new developments, evidence and guidance.
LitCovid - LitCovid is a curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus. It is the most comprehensive resource on the subject, providing a central access to 7507 (and growing) relevant articles in PubMed. The articles are updated daily and are further categorized by different research topics and geographic locations for improved access.
Oxford University Press - As part of our response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic across the world, Oxford University Press has made content from online resources and leading journals freely accessible to assist researchers, medical professionals, policy makers, and others who are working to address this health crisis.
ScienceDirect (Elsevier) - Recent events have shown us (again) how rapidly a new disease can take root and spread. Such events are accompanied by an explosion of clinical and epidemiological information and research. The goal of this website is to open whatever resources we can to help public health authorities, researchers and clinicians contain and manage this disease.
Springer Nature - Springer Nature is committed to supporting the global response to COVID-19 by enabling fast and direct access to the latest available research, evidence, and data.
Taylor & Francis Group - As a leading publisher of trusted science, technology, medicine, humanities and social sciences research, Taylor & Francis is committed to helping public health authorities, researchers, clinicians and the general public contain and manage the spread of COVID-19.
Wiley - Wiley makes the collection of journal articles and book chapters on coronavirus research freely available to the global scientific community.