POPLINE to retire on September 1, 2019

2 July, 2019

The following announcement is forwarded from AHILA-net (Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa). Comment from me below.


POPLINE to retire on September 1, 2019

POPLINE has been a valuable resource to the population, family planning, and reproductive health community for over 40 years. Our collection of more than 400,000 records has provided students and researchers worldwide with access to journal articles, reports, books, unpublished resources, and full-text documents (to users in low- and middle-income countries). POPLINE is managed by the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project, which ends on September 10, 2019. The POPLINE website will retire on September 1, 2019. Where can I find alternative access to journal articles? Since POPLINE’s inception in 1973, many free resources have become available and offer alternative access to journal articles. These resources collectively meet the majority of POPLINE user requests. The following resources offer alternative access to journal articles:

- Google Scholar https://scholar.google.co.uk/

- PubMed Central https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/

- HINARI Access to Research in Health Programme - Provides free or low-cost online journal access to institutions in developing countries https://www.who.int/hinari/en/

- International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) - Provides services to improve health information access in developing countries https://www.inasp.info/

- Global Development Network/British Library of Development Studies (GDN/BLDS) - Provides services to research institutes in developing and transition countries http://www.gdn.int/en

- Highwire Press Free Access to Developing Economies - Provides free online access to its journals for selected countries http://highwire.stanford.edu/lists/devecon.dtl

- BMJ Journals Online - Free online access to BMJ journals is provided to selected countries https://journals.bmj.com/



Comment (NPW): We look forward to hear more about this announcement. What was the rationale for discontinuation of POPLINE? What are the implications for ease of access to reliable information on population, family planning, and reproductive health? To what extent do the other services listed above meet the world's needs for such information?

Also we look forward to more news about K4Health, with whom HIFA collaborates (especially on K4Health Photoshare and on the HIFA Project on Family Planning). I understand the funding cycle for the current K4Health programme was scheduled to end this year but we hope and expect the activities will continue in a new phase over the coming years.

Best wishes, Neil

Coordinator, HIFA Project on Community Health Workers


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