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Open Access Latin American & Caribbean Databases & Initiatives A-Z


Biblioteca Virtual en Salud (Virtual Health Library)

Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences Information (fka Regional Library of Medicine, BIREME), is a Pan American Health Organization World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) focus on the democratization of access, publication and use of the health information, knowledge and scientific evidence in health the region.

Citas Latinoamericanas en Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades (CLASE)

Bibliographic database maintained by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) offering about 350 thousand bibliographic records of articles, essays, book reviews, literature reviews, short notes, editorials, biographies, interviews, statistics and other documents published in about 1500 journals from Latin America and the Caribbean, specializing in social sciences and humanities.

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)


Portal for the dissemination of Spanish scientific production specializing in the humanities and social sciences. Developed at the University of La Rioja (Spain), contains the indexes of scientific and humanistic journals from Spain, Portugal and Latin America, as well as of books, dissertations, Festschrifts, etc. Full text is available for many of the documents.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

The DOAJ aims to be the one-stop shop for comprehensive coverage of all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content.

Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR)

HUMANINDEX (Coordinación de Humanidades de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)

Virtual institutional repository the UNAM researchers in the humanities.

Latin American Council on Social Sciences (CLACSO) Virtual Library

Network of Spanish and Latin American open access social science e-journals.

Latin America European Portal

European information and research on Latin America. The portal is the result of cooperation between the networks REDIAL and CEISAL, its objective is to offer a complete information system specialized in the European humanities and social science research on Latin America.

Latin Americanist Research Resources Project, Center for Research Libraries

Latin American Periodicals Tables of Contents (LAPTOC)

The Latin American Periodicals Tables of Contents database, or LAPTOC, provides open electronic access to the tables of contents of journals published in Latin America and the Caribbean between the years 1994 and 2009. LAPTOC consists of 975 academic and research journals published in 29 countries in the region, including bibliographic references to more than 340,000 articles in the area’s major languages.

Latin American Open Archives Portal (LAOAP)

The Latin American Open Archives Portal is a project of the Latin Americanist Research Resources Project – LARRP, in collaboration with the Latin American Network Information Center – LANIC, to improve access to social sciences grey literature produced in Latin America. The portal provides access to working documents, pre-prints, research papers, statistical documents, and other difficult-to-access materials from the “deep Web.” Typically, this content is published by research institutes, non-governmental organizations, and peripheral agencies that are not controlled by commercial publishers.


Gathers journals from 15 Latin American countries, with over 550 titles and 16,000 articles available in PDF format, along with abstracts in Spanish and English, reference information and other metadata. With the support of la Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Redalyc offers its material for free to download under a Creative Commons license.

Revistas Cientificas Complutenses (UCM)

Electronic journals published by the press of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

SciELO (Scientific Electronic Library Online)

SciELO is a bibliographic database of open access journals and a model for cooperative electronic publishing in developing countries, originally from Brazil.