Open Access Journals

BioMed Central

BioMed Central has been making scientific research freely accessible and discoverable through partnerships, innovation and collaboration with the scientific community. It now publishes over 290 quality peer-reviewed journals in Biology, Clinical Medicine and Health.


eLife is a peer-reviewed open-access scientific journal for the biomedical and life sciences. It was established by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Max Planck Society, and Wellcome Trust, and these organizations have been the journal’s primary source of funding.

Elsevier Open Access Journals

All articles in open access journals which are published by Elsevier have undergone peer review and upon acceptance are immediately and permanently free for everyone to read and download.

Wiley Open Access

Wiley Open Access is a program of fully open access journals. All research articles published in Wiley Open Access journals are immediately freely available to read, download and share. The fully open access journals are published in collaboration with authoritative journals and societies as well as supported by internationally renowned editorial board members.

Oxford University Press (OUP) Open Access

Oxford University Press (OUP) is mission-driven to facilitate the widest possible dissemination of high-quality research. It embraces both green and gold open access (OA) publishing to support this mission.  A Proven Track Record of Success OUP has been publishing OA content since 2004.

University of Massachusetts Medical School Evidence-Based Public Health (EBPH) Resources

This website provides free online access to selected evidence-based public health (EBPH) resources, knowledge domains of public health, public health journals, and bibliographic databases. Selected EBPH resources are arranged along a pathway of evidence to allow public health practitioners to easily find and use the best evidence to develop and implement effective interventions, programs, and policies.


MIT OpenCourseWare

MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity. Through OCW, educators improve courses and curricula, making their schools more effective; students find additional resources to help them succeed; and independent learners enrich their lives and use the content to tackle some of the world’s most difficult challenges.

Tufts OpenCourseWare

Tufts OpenCourseWare is part of a new educational movement initiated by MIT that provides free access to course content for everyone online. Tufts’ course offerings demonstrate the University’s strength in the life sciences in addition to its multidisciplinary approach, international perspective and underlying ethic of service to its local, national and international communities.

Open Yale Courses

Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn. Each course includes a full set of class lectures produced in high-quality video accompanied by such other course materials as syllabi, suggested readings, and problem sets. The lectures are available as downloadable videos, and an audio-only version is also offered. In addition, searchable transcripts of each lecture are provided.

OpenCourseWare at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

This OpenCourseWare offers open materials and images from more than a hundred courses developed by the faculty of JHSPH, the world’s foremost institution of public health education and research. OCW is an expression of the school’s mission to provide learning opportunities and teaching resources to all who pursue improvement of health and prevention of disease around the world. provides universal access to the world’s best education through massive open online courses (MOOCs) from 120+ top universities and educational organizations. Schools which partner with Coursera include Stanford, Yale, Princeton, John Hopkins, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The website offers courses in physics, engineering, medicine, biology, humanities, social sciences, mathematics, business, and computer science.


Supercourse is a repository of lectures and research methods materials on global health and other areas of science designed to improve the teaching of prevention and increase number of scientific publications. Supercourse has a network of about 2 million scientists in 174 countries who are sharing for free a library of about 165,000 lectures in 33 languages.

Free Online Software

Epi Info

Epi Info™ is a public domain suite of interoperable software tools designed for the global community of public health practitioners and researchers. It provides for easy data entry form and database construction, a customized data entry experience, and data analyses with epidemiologic statistics, maps, and graphs for public health professionals who may lack an information technology background. Epi Info™ is used for outbreak investigations; for developing small to mid-sized disease surveillance systems; as analysis, visualization, and reporting (AVR) components of larger systems; and in the continuing education in the science of epidemiology and public health analytic methods at schools of public health around the world.

The Spatiotemporal Epidemiological Modeler Project

The Spatiotemporal Epidemiological Modeler (STEM) tool is designed to help scientists and public health officials create and use spatial and temporal models of emerging infectious diseases. These models can aid in understanding and potentially preventing the spread of such diseases. Policymakers responsible for strategies to contain disease and prevent epidemics need an accurate understanding of disease dynamics and the likely outcomes of preventive actions. In today’s interconnected world, the vectors of infection can be quite complex. STEM facilitates the development of advanced mathematical models, the creation of flexible models involving multiple populations (species) and interactions between diseases, and a better understanding of epidemiology.

Real-time Outbreak and Disease Surveillance 

Real-time Outbreak and Disease Surveillance (RODS) is an open-source public health surveillance software. RODS collects and analyzes disease surveillance data in real time and has been in development since 1999 by the RODS Laboratory, an informatics research group at the University of Pittsburgh. The RODS Open Source Project is intended to be a collaboration involving academia, open source developers, health departments, hospitals and medical centers, foundations, and industries whose objective is to rapidly increase the level of deployment of syndromic surveillance by removing one of the barriers to progress–namely the availability of high quality, well supported software.


The Electronic Mass Casualty Assessment & Planning Scenarios (EMCAPS) is a stand-alone software program intended to allow users to model disaster scenarios for drill planning and to use as an education resource.
When users run the EMCAPS Model, they are able to select one of the scenarios we have listed above and adjust the various inputs (e.g., bomb size, population density, quantity of release, wind speed, etc) to most closely simulate users’ environment. For the selected scenario, EMCAPS will then estimate casualties including levels of acuity.


Comprehensive Clinic Assessment Software Application (CoCASA) is a tool for assessing immunization practices within a clinic, private practice, or any other environment where immunizations are provided. It has data entry and import capabilities. After immunization data have been entered, analysis can pinpoint strengths and areas of improvement for an individual immunization provider. CoCASA is designed to assist the implementation of the Assessment, Feedback, Incentives and Exchange (AFIX)  strategy.


The project Logistics Support System main objective is to improve the management of humanitarian aid, by strengthening the national capacity to manage effectively the humanitarian supplies, bringing them to the affected people in an adequate and convenient way.
LSS seeks to help with the administration of the supplies that arrive at the entry point, as well as the supplies that are in the warehouses. The system has the capacity to register donations, deliveries, requests, and pipelines, as well as to exchange information between different sites using the LSS system.


REDCap is a mature, secure web application for building and managing online surveys and databases. While REDCap can be used to collect virtually any type of data, it is specifically geared to support data capture for research studies.
The REDCap application allows users to build and manage online surveys and databases quickly and securely, and is currently in production use or development build-status for more than 270,000 projects with over 367,000 users spanning numerous research focus areas across the consortium.

Open Data Kit Collect  

Open Data Kit (ODK) Collect is a free and open-source set of tools that render forms into a sequence of input prompts that apply form logic, entry constraints, and repeating sub-structures. Users work through the prompts and can save the submission at any point. Finalized submissions can be sent to (and new forms downloaded from) a server. Currently, ODK Collect uses the Android platform, supports a wide variety of prompts (text, number, location, multimedia, barcodes), and works well without network connectivity.


The Census and Survey Processing System (CSPro) is a public domain software package used by hundreds of organizations and tens of thousands of individuals for entering, editing, tabulating, and disseminating census and survey data. CSPro is designed to be as user-friendly as possible, yet powerful enough to handle the most complex applications. It can be used by a wide range of people, from non-technical staff assistants to senior demographers and programmers.


EpiCore is a new system that is finding and reporting outbreaks faster than traditional disease surveillance methods alone. EpiCore enables faster global outbreak detection and reporting by linking a worldwide member network of health experts through a secure online reporting platform. EpiCore’s innovative surveillance system detects and confirms outbreaks more quickly so communities can respond faster, curb epidemics and save lives. The system is a partnership between the Skoll Global Threats Funds, HealthMap, ProMED-mail of the International Society for Infectious Diseases, and TEPHINET.

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