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Table 3 Mechanisms through which to retrieve full-text systematic reviews free of charge or at little cost once identified through database searches

From: SUPPORT Tools for evidence-informed health Policymaking (STP) 7: Finding systematic reviews

Mechanism Comments
HINARI Who is eligible to use it?
  • Institutions in selected low- and middle-income countries have either free access or low-cost access. To check if an institution is already registered or if an institution is located in a country that is eligible for free or low-cost access, go to: HINARI
  How can it be accessed?
  • An institution must register and all staff are then given unlimited access
  • Alternatively if a computer is recognised as being based in an eligible country, users may access HighwireFreeAccessforDevelopingCountries (which includes HINARI and other selected resources)
  What resources are provided for research results?
  • A scientific abstract and full-text article for all included journals
Cochrane Library Who is eligible to use it?
  • Institutions in selected countries have free access - to check if a country (or region) is covered by a programme for low-income countries or by a subscription, go to: CochraneLibrary
  How can it be accessed?
  • Country-or region-specific access details are available at the same site
  What resources are provided for research results?
  • A scientific abstract, lay summary, and full-text review for all Cochrane reviews, as well a summary of some form for the three most relevant constituent databases described in Table 1
  Note
  • The Cochrane Library can also be accessed through HINARI
Journals Who is eligible to use them?
  • Anyone
  How can they be accessed?
  • Websites of open-access journal publishers
     - BioMedCentral (journals beginning with BMC and select others)
     - OpenJournalsPublishing (many journals beginning with 'South African' and select others)
     - PublicLibraryofSciences (journals beginning with PLoS)
     - SciELO(ScientificElectronicLibraryOnline) (many journals from Latin America and the Caribbean)
  • Directories of open-access and/or free journals
     - DirectoryofOpenAccessJournals
     - FreeMedicalJournals
     - OpenJ-Gate
  • Repositories through which journal publishers make available articles (often after a defined time period)
     - PubMedCentral
     - BiolineInternational (journals from Brazil, Cuba, India, Indonesia, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe)
  What resources are provided for research results?
  • A scientific abstract and full-text article for all included journals