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COVID-19: Resources in different subject areas that are freely available during lockdown: Freely available e-journals

This guide is a work in progress. More content will be added as information and resources become available.

First clinical data on COVID-19 published in South Africa


This journal offers the first clinical data on COVID-19 published in (South) Africa. In this issue many aspects of this viral pandemic in South Africa, from the clinical to ethical and also the social dynamics of its impact are reviewed and information and direction is provided for health-care professionals in South Africa.

Rapid Reviews: COVID-19

Rapid Reviews: COVID-19 is an open access, rapid-review overlay journal that will accelerate peer review of COVID-19-related research and deliver real-time, verified scientific information that policymakers and health leaders can use.

Electronic journals that are always freely available

  • PLOS (Public Library of Science: Open access e-journals in science and medicine
  • BioMed Central: Part of Springer/Nature, BMC publishes open access journals in science and medicine
  • Project Muse: open access e-journals and e-books from university presses and scholarly societies
  • DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals): Collection of peer-reviewed open access e-journals

Electronic journals with no restrictions during this period

Some publishers have lifted restrictions on the use of their material during this period, e.g.

  • Annual Reviews have made their journals available to all (without access control) through Thursday April 30, 2020. On that date, they will assess the need to extend this policy.
  • University of California Press is making all their online journal content free to all until the end of June 2020.

  • Many Berghahn Journals are open access. Subjects include Anthropology, Peace and Conflict Studies, History and others.

  • The Royal Society has removed all access controls on their journals for the time being. “We want to support our librarian and researcher communities, and understand that people may be working remotely for some time. We do not want access issues to impede any work for our end users during this time.” Go to:  You can also watch their new video.

  • EDP Sciences decided to open their journals content from 2018-2020 so it is freely available for all to read until the end of August 2020.

  •  ‚ÄčThe American Economic Association is providing open access to all journal content on the AEA website through June 2020 to overcome any difficulties some may have accessing library subscriptions during these challenging times.

  • JSTOR expanded their access to include additional journals and primary source collections until 30 June 2020.
    Examples of Thematic Collections: Lives of Literature; Security Studies; Sustainability
    Examples of Primary Source Collections: World Heritage Sites: Africa; Struggles for Freedom: Southern Africa; Global Plants

  • IWA (International Water Association) Publishing is making all its journal content free to access online. There are over 37 000 articles across 15 journals that can be read and downloaded free of charge, without the need for login credentials or an existing subscription until May 31st, 2020.

  • Portland Press, publisher of the Biochemical Society, is suspending paywalls on all content published across their seven journals until further notice.