Publishers support medical relief efforts in Philippines

Elsevier is among the publishing partners in the National Library of Medicine’s Emergency Access Initiative

 Through the Emergency Access Initiative, STM publishers provide free access to books, journals and databases to health care professionals and libraries affected by disasters.Various STM publishers, including Elsevier, are providing free access to books, journals and databases to support medical efforts in the Philippines and surrounding areas following last week's devastating Typhoon Haiyan.

They are doing this through the Emergency Access Initiative (EAI), a partnership between the US National Library of Medicine and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text articles from more than 650 biomedical journals and 4,000 reference books and online databases to health care professionals and libraries affected by disasters.

The access serves as a temporary collection replacement and supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users. It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster.

EAI was previously activated after the earthquake and subsequent cholera epidemic in Haiti, flooding in Pakistan, and the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. [divider]

Sample journal titles from Elsevier

Participating publishers

American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, ASM Press, BC Decker, BMJ, EBSCOHost, Elsevier, FA Davis, Mary Ann Liebert, Massachusetts Medical Society, McGraw-Hill, Merck Publishing, Oxford University Press, People's Medical Publishing House, Springer, University of Chicago Press, Wiley and Wolters Kluwer.

Elsevier makes access to nearly 100 journals freely available through the Emergency Access Initiative. They include:

  • Accident and Emergency Nursing
  • Annals of internal medicine
  • American Journal of Cardiology
  • American Journal of Surgery
  • The Lancet
  • The Lancet Infectious Diseases
  • Médecine et Maladies Infectieuses
  • International journal of infectious diseases
  • International Journal of Trauma Nursing
  • Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology


The Authors

Chris ShillumChris Shillum (@cshillum) contributed to this report. He is VP of Product Management, Platform and Content at Elsevier, based in New York.

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