Open access to data and publications

Please note that the links below are to external websites.

The following are taken from DFID's Guidance Note on Open Access.

There are a number of programmes that are encouraging open access to academic publications, particularly to researchers in developing countries. The programmes listed below are likely to be of use to UK and international ESRC-DFID researchers.

Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE), an international public-private consortium coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Yale University and leading science and technology publishers, enables developing countries to gain access to one of the largest global collections of environmental science research, with over 1,300 peer reviewed titles.

Access to Online Global Research in Agriculture (AGORA), set up by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAO) provides access to a major digital library collection on food, agriculture, environmental science and related social sciences.

The Public Library of Science (PLoS) hosts 7 online peer-reviewed scientific and medical journals available worldwide through Open Access.

Access to Research in Health Programme (HINARI), set up by the World Health Organisation, is a repository that provides low cost online access to major journals in biomedical and related social sciences to local, not-for-profit institutions in developing countries.

The Council of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) is an umbrella organisation for social science data archives across Europe. CESSDA provides access to around 25,000 social science data collections.

The UK Data Service (UKDS) provides access and support to an extensive range of economic and social data (quantitative and qualitative) spanning a wide variety of disciplines and themes. UKDS provides an integrated service offering enhanced support for the secondary use of data across the research, learning and teaching communities.

The UK Data Archive (UKDA), for data acquisition, preservation, dissemination and promotion is the curator of the largest collection of digital data in the social sciences and humanities in the UK. The UKDA is a partner of, and responsible for, the integration and management of the ESDS (see above). The UKDA supports the secondary use of quantitative and qualitative data in research, teaching and learning.