Open Access Databases

Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) is a programme to provide free or low cost access to major scientific journals in agriculture and related biological, environmental and social sciences to public institutions in developing countries. Launched in October 2003, AGORA provides access to up to 6500 journals from the world's leading academic publishers.

Led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the goal of AGORA is to improve the quality and effectiveness of agricultural research, education and training in low-income countries, and in turn, to improve food security. Through AGORA, researchers, policy-makers, educators, students, technical workers and extension specialists have access to high-quality, relevant and timely agricultural information via the Internet. AGORA is one of the four programmes that make up Research4Life.

ACKU was established in 1989 in Peshawar as a semi-independent part of ACBAR.  Envisioned by Louis Dupree as a central depository for reports and surveys generated by NGOs,bilateral humanitarian organizations and UN agencies.

ACKU has sought to reach out to Afghans outside Kabul through the ACKU Box Library Extension (ABLE), which aims to encourage the culture of reading and spread knowledge by providing reading material through these small lending libraries. ABLE libraries are placed in schools and communities for new literates across Afghanistan. Currently ACKU has established 227 libraries within 33 provinces of Afghanistan. ABLE publishes easy-to-read books in Dari and Pashto languages for new literates on various subjects such as agriculture, mother-child care, history, environment, health, home management and democracy. To date ABLE has published 315 books.

The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) is a premier, independent and impartial research organization based in Kabul.  It envisions of an Afghanistan where policy decisions are made by evidence, open debate and widespread public awareness in the belief that this will better reflect the priorities of Afghans.

AREU was established in 2002 by the assistance of international community working in Afghanistan. AREU’s predecessor, the Strategic Monitoring Unit, was first envisaged as part of the UN’s 1998 Strategic Framework for Afghanistan. It was thought that the development of an independent analytical unit could provide the capacity to help the assistance community, governmental and non-governmental decision and policymakers, international and national stakeholders measure progress against strategic objectives, and to document how principles are being applied on the ground.

AREU is the main source of standard qualitative research for experts and academic community on Afghanistan. It has gained a reputation as a trustworthy and independent organization that produces rigorous, substantive, timely and evidence-based research. It also serves as an important source of information for local and international development agencies working in Afghanistan and is often the first point of call for visiting researchers, scholars, journalists, consultants, and officials.

The Access to Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI) program is coordinated by WIPO together with its partners in the publishing industry with the aim to increase the availability of scientific and technical information in developing countries.

The UNO Criss Library holds the Arthur Paul Afghanistan Collection, one of the largest collections of Afghan primary and secondary materials outside of the country. It contains over 20,000 titles in more than 20 languages, including Dari, Pashto, and English.

The primary aim of DOAB is to increase discoverability of Open Access books. Academic publishers are invited to provide metadata of their Open Access books to DOAB. Metadata will be harvestable in order to maximize dissemination, visibility and impact. Aggregators can integrate the records in their commercial services and libraries can integrate the directory into their online catalogues, helping scholars and students to discover the books. The directory is open to all publishers who publish academic, peer reviewed books in Open Access and should contain as many books as possible, provided that these publications are in Open Access and meet academic standards.

The DOAJ was launched in 2003 at Lund University, Sweden, with 300 open access journals and today contains ca. 9000 open access journals covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social science and humanities. DOAJ is a membership organization and membership is available in 3 main categories: PublisherOrdinary Member and Sponsor.. DOAJ is co-author to the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing (Principles) and DOAJ members are expected to follow these principles as a condition of membership.


DOAJ is a community-curated list of open access journals and aims to be the starting point for all information searches for quality, peer reviewed open access material. To assist libraries and indexers keep their lists up-to-date, we make public a list of journals that have been accepted into or removed from DOAJ.

Open Access (OA) has become an important way to make research findings freely available for anyone to access and view. Cambridge Open serves authors and the wider community by publishing high-quality, peer-reviewed OA content. We support and promote all forms of OA that are financially sustainable. Our introduction to open access page provides some essential information about the types of OA we offer.

We publish Gold OA journals and books, and we work with publishing partners such as learned societies to develop OA for different communities.

'Darakht-e Danesh' means "knowledge tree" in Dari, one of the official languages of Afghanistan. The Darakht-e Danesh Online Library for Educators is a repository of open educational resources(link is external) for teachers, teacher trainers, school administrators, literacy workers and others involved in furthering education in Afghanistan. These open source resources include lesson plans, pedagogical tools, exercises, experiments, reading texts, work books, curricula and other resources for use in Afghan classrooms.

The Doing Business project provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 190 economies and selected cities at the subnational and regional level.

The Doing Business project, launched in 2002, looks at domestic small and medium-size companies and measures the regulations applying to them through their life cycle.

The United States Security and Exchange Commission requires that public companies file forms and documents, which make up the content of the EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval) database. Full text is available for the last four years. A tools section and a guide on how to search and how to read results are available on the website.

globalEDGE Business Beat is your source for global business knowledge on the airways. The show is hosted by Dr. Tomas Hult from the International Business Center in the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University.

Hindawi is one of the world’s largest publishers of peer-reviewed, fully Open Access journals. Built on an ethos of openness, we are committed to enabling the widest possible access to scholarly literature.

“Free” is still a rare practice in academic book publishing, and the MIT Press, with its strong public service orientation, is a leader in thinking about and experimenting with the commercial feasibility of various approaches to open access. - Eric von Hippel (T. Wilson (1953) Professor of Technological Innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management) in his 2016 book Free Innovation.

Oxford University Press (OUP) publishes the highest quality journals and delivers this research to the widest possible audience. We achieve this by working closely with our society partners, authors, and subscribers in order to provide them with publishing services that support their research needs.

Project MUSE is a leading provider of digital humanities and social sciences content; since 1995, its electronic journal collections have supported a wide array of research needs at academic, public, special, and school libraries worldwide. MUSE books and journals, from leading university presses and scholarly societies, are fully integrated for search and discovery.

The following lists the pure gold open access journals published by SAGE. All articles published in the journals provide worldwide, barrier-free access to the full-text of articles online, immediately on publication under a creative commons licence. All articles are rigorously peer-reviewed retaining the quality hallmarks of the academic publishing process that authors would experience in publishing in any traditional SAGE journal. Most SAGE pure gold open access journals are supported by the payment of an article processing charge (APC) by the author, institution or research founder of the accepted manuscript. For more detail visit the specific journal websites.

ScienceDirect is Elsevier's platform for peer-reviewed scholarly literature. Though it is a subscription-based service, there is a substantial amount of open access journals and books in the fields of chemistry, computer science, mathematics, business, and political science within the database. A bit of effort in searching will yield open access results. searches over 60 databases and over 2,200 scientific websites to provide users with access to more than 200 million pages of authoritative federal science information including research and development results.

The World Digital Library, in collaboration with the Library of Congress, is digitizing artifacts from Afghan history. The primary source collection includes photographs, journal articles, books, and manuscripts The site contains a filtering system enabling the user to search by time period, subject, language, and item type. Each item's record features a descriptive annotation. 

Zhvandūn, generally known as “Zhwandun,” was one of the most popular magazines published in Afghanistan in the second half of the 20th century. It began as a progressive magazine published both in Persian and Pushto, beginning in May 1949. The magazine presented articles on Afghan and global history, archaeological discoveries and artifacts, poetry and language, biographies of Afghan and foreign figures, arts and culture, philosophy and religion, and other topics relating to culture and everyday life, including music, dance, plays, health, and households. While Zhvandūn presented articles on literary, historical, educational, and entertainment topics throughout the time it was published, the changing social and political dynamics of Afghanistan influenced the character of the editorial content. In the 1960s, the magazine reflected the royalism of the Kingdom of Afghanistan. In contrast, the leftist regimes of the 1980s promoted revolutionary content, such as discussions of Marxist ideology, anticapitalist chants, and articles on agricultural reforms. While Zhvandūn marketed itself as a magazine for khanawadah (families), its main audience was the post-World War II generation of urban Afghans of various backgrounds: students, academics, writers, poets, researchers, and general readers. Zhvandūn was published every 15 days until 1952, when it became a weekly publication. 

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