POPLINE to retire on September 1, 2019 (3)

3 July, 2019

This is disappointing, although I did find the Popline search interface difficult to work with. In regards to your list of "alternative access" resources, Neil, didn't Cochrane Collaboration at some point make their systematic reviews available free to low and middle income countries? [*see note below] Or am I getting confused with Evidence Aid (systematic reviews on disasters and recovery freely available)? Thanks so much for the heads up about Popline!


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HIFA profile: Kay H. Smith is Community Services Librarian at the University of Alabama Birmingham, USA. Professional interests: health literacy. khogan AT uab.edu

[*Note from HIFA moderator (NPW): The list of 'resources [that] offer alternative access to journal articles' is the one provided in the POPLINE announcement ( https://www.popline.org/POPLINE-retirement-announcement ). The Cochrane Library is available free or at low cost to HINARI-eligible countries ( https://www.cochranelibrary.com/help/access ).

'Authors can choose one of two options for publishing their Cochrane Review or Protocol:

Gold open access: immediate open access and a Creative Commons publication licence, upon payment of an article publication charge.

Green open access: free access to the full article 12 months after publication and the standard publication licence.'


Cochrane and Evidence Aid collaborate on systematic reviews for use in the event of disasters and other humanitarian emergencies. I think most if not all of these reviews are free-access]