University and research libraries in developing countries belonging to eligible consortia are to receive free access to the tables of contents for over 24,000 scholarly journals from approximately 2,000 publishers for 17 months, starting in April.
The result of a collaboration between academic journal table of contents service JournalTOCS and international development charity INASP, this project will allow librarians at these institutions to create and support current awareness services for researchers, helping them track journal article publications in their field, including more than 7,500 Open Access journals that can be accessed for free. In exchange, they will give feedback to help develop table of contents services tailored for specific types of consortia.
The project is endorsed by Kay Raseroka, former President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) 2003-2005, past Director of the Library at the University of Botswana, and Member of the Board of Trustees of INASP, who said, “It will help researchers in less developed countries to keep abreast of new scholarly papers as well as giving librarians an important role in the process. Through the inclusion of the INASP Journals Online content, much of which is Open Access, it will also improve the accessibility and visibility of research from developing countries.”
You can read more about the collaboration on the OpenJEMO blog.