“Access to Research”: Thousands of articles on medicine now freely available and readily accessible in uk public libraries

“Access to Research”: Thousands of articles on medicine now freely available and readily accessible in uk public libraries

BMJ joins leading academic publishers as part of national library resource

BMJ, one of the world’s leading healthcare knowledge providers, has partnered with Access to Research to provide free access to their content in UK public libraries.

BMJ publishes over 3 million articles from 60 peer-reviewed medical and allied science journals including the flagship title The BMJ.

The Access to Research initiative, which gives users in public libraries free access to over 15 million academic articles, was originally launched in order to expand access to publicly funded research in the UK.

“Medical” and “Health & biological sciences” have historically been in the top three search categories for Access to Research. Now over 80% of UK local authorities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will benefit from BMJ’s world leading journals in fields such as cardiology, paediatrics, neurology, quality improvement, and global health.

Allison Lang, Publishing Director at BMJ, says: “BMJ's vision is for 'a healthier world' and we are delighted to join this important initiative to help members of the public access high quality, trusted information on the latest medical and scientific research.”

Neil MacInnes, President of The Society of Chief Librarians commented “This is a terrific opportunity for public library users across the country to view the latest academic research on a range of key health issues. The Society of Chief Librarians is proud to be a key partner in the Access to Research initiative and is committed to continuing to increase public access to published research in libraries across the country through our Universal Learning, Information and Digital offers.”

The Access to Research initiative was developed by Publishers’ Licensing Services (PLS) in collaboration with The Society of Chief Librarians (SCL), The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) and the Publishers Association (PA). The service is provided with generous support from ProQuest.

For more about Access to Research click here  http://www.accesstoresearch.org.uk