Writing & Publishing

Author Aid

Supporting developing country researchers in publishing their work

Author Processing Charges Comparison

(BioMed Central)

Comparison of BioMed Central’s article processing charges with those of other publishers

Authorship and Peer Review

in: Macrina FL. Scientific Integrity; 4th ed. Washington, DC, ASM Press, 2014: 83-134.

Basiscursus Informatievaardigheden

(VUB & Canvas)

Berlin Open Access Conferences

(Max Planck Society)

Open access means that scientific literature should be publicly available, free of charge on the internet so that those who are interested can read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, refer to and, in any other conceivable legal way, use full texts without encountering any financial, legal or technical barriers other than those associated with Internet access itself. The Max Planck Society is a co-founder of the international Open Access movement.

Citing Medicine

(National Library of Medicine)

The NLM style guide for authors, editors, and publishers; 2nd ed. 2007

CLIR – Council on Library and Information Resources

CLIR forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning. We foster collaboration by investing in cross-disciplinary intellectual leadership, strategic programs, and professional development opportunities.

COAR – Confederation of Open Access Repositories

COAR is an international association that brings together individual repositories and repository networks in order to build capacity, align policies and practices, and act as a global voice for the repository community.

CONSORT Statement

Guidelines on reporting on randomized clinical trials

COPE – Committee on Publication Ethics

COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) is committed to educating and supporting editors, publishers and those involved in publication ethics with the aim of moving the culture of publishing towards one where ethical practices become a normal part of the publishing culture. Our approach is firmly in the direction of influencing through education, resources and support of our members, alongside the fostering of professional debate in the wider community.

Copyright Toolbox


Copyright management for authors and publishers

Cornell University Library Research Guides

Find research guides created by Cornell library staff. Browse through the categories below…


Counting Online Usage of NeTworked Electronic Resources

Creative Commons

Honoring 20 years of open sharing using CC licenses, join us in 2022 to celebrate Better Sharing — advancing universal access to knowledge and culture, and fostering creativity, innovation, and collaboration.



The central source for reference linking

CSE – Council of Science Editors

The Council of Science Editors (CSE) is an international membership organization for editorial professionals publishing in the sciences. Our purpose is to serve over 800 members in the scientific, scientific publishing, and information science communities by fostering networking, education, discussion, and exchange. Our aim is to be an authoritative resource on current and emerging issues in the communication of scientific information.

DCMI – Dublin Core Metadata Initiative


Making it easier to find information

DEJA VU – A study of scientific publication ethics

A database of highly similar and duplicate citations

DOCumentation & Bibliothèques 

(Bibliothèque Médicale – CHU de Rouen – France)

Information francophone sur la recherche de littérature

DOI – The Digital Object Identifier

(International DOI Foundation)

Electronic linking technology

DORA – San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment

(ASCB et al.)

Putting science in the assessment of research

EBLIDA – European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations

EBLIDA is the European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations. We are an independent umbrella association of library, information, documentation and archive associations and institutions in Europe, gathering some 110 members – library associations and institutions – from 34 countries representing 65,000 public libraries in Europe. Subjects on which EBLIDA concentrates are European library legislation, including copyright & licensinglibrary impact on society, and Sustainable Development Goals in Europe. We support unhindered access to information in the digital age and promote the role of archives and libraries within an equitable, democratic and sustainable society.

Equator Network

The EQUATOR (Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research) Network is an international initiative that seeks to improve the reliability and value of published health research literature by promoting transparent and accurate reporting and wider use of robust reporting guidelines. It is the first coordinated attempt to tackle the problems of inadequate reporting systematically and on a global scale; it advances the work done by individual groups over the last 15 years.

Faculty Opinions

Global faculty of over 10,000 experts recommend biomedical articles

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions


Searching databases, finding information, …

Guide to Citation Style Guides

(Karla Tonella, University of Iowa)

Links to several citation styles guides

Handle System Proxy Server

The web form below will enable you to resolve individual handles and view their associated values. It uses a proxy server, which understands both the Handle protocol and HTTP protocol.

HIFA – Healthcare Information for All

HIFA is a global health network with more than 20,000 members (health workers, librarians, publishers, researchers, policymakers…) committed to the progressive realisation of a world where every person has access to the healthcare information they need to protect their own health and the health of others.

How Can I Share It?


How Can I Share It can help you get the most out of scholarly sharing. Find relevant information and practical tools to ensure your articles can be shared with your colleagues quickly and easily. Discover how sharing can be simple and seamless and enhance scholarly collaboration.

How to Cite References

(Bournemouth University Library, UK)

Inc. Harvard Style, Citing Internet sources, …

ICMJE – Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals

Guide to “Vancouver Style” and various other recommendations

ICMJE – Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Sample references (ICMJE)

Examples of “Vancouver Style” references

ICOLC – International Coalition of Library Consortia

The International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) is an informal group comprising approximately 200 library consortia from around the world.

IFLA – International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions

IFLA’s vision & mission: A strong and united global library field powering literate, informed and participatory societies. To inspire, engage, enable and connect the global library field.

INASP – International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications

We are an international development organization with 30 years’ experience of working with a global network of partners in Africa, Latin America and Asia. We believe that contributing to stronger and more equitable ecosystems will enable and empower knowledge producers and users to address the key development challenges and improve lives. To realize this potential, we work in partnership to strengthen the capacity of individuals and institutions to produce, share and use research and knowledge, in support of national development.

International Congresses on Peer Review in Biomedical Publication

A selection of JAMA articles on peer review issues

International Open Access Week

Jot – Journal Targeter

Explore journals matched to your manuscript’s title, abstract and references

Journals indexed for MedLine (NLM)

Searching databases, finding information, …

JPPS – Journal Publishing Practices and Standards (AJOL & INASP)

A new framework for assessing publishing practices and standards

KR21 – Knowledge Rights 21

KR21 calls on Europe’s national governments and the European Union to introduce Secondary Publishing laws enabling immediate access to publicly funded research, in article or book chapter form. Secondary Publishing Rights should also cover the right of the author, funder or educational establishment who employs the researcher to give access to the work when it arises from public funds.  


LIBER supports and speaks up on behalf of university, national and special libraries – their institutions and their users – across Europe.

MLA – Medical Library Association

The Medical Library Association (MLA) is a global, nonprofit educational organization, with a membership of more than 400 institutions and 3,000 professionals in the health information field. Since 1898, MLA has fostered excellence in the professional practice and leadership of health sciences library and information professionals to enhance health care, education, and research throughout the world. MLA educates health information professionals, supports health information research, promotes access to the world’s health sciences information, and works to ensure that the best health information is available to all.

NATURE’s Peer-Review Debate


Contributions on various aspects of peer review

NCBI Journal Browser


Includes Index Medicus Journal AbbreviationsISSN, …

OAD – Open Access Directory

The Open Access Directory (OAD) is a compendium of simple factual lists about open access (OA) to science and scholarship, maintained by the OA community at large. By bringing many OA-related lists together in one place, OAD makes it easier for everyone to discover them, use them for reference, and update them. The easier they are to maintain and discover, the more effectively they can spread useful, accurate information about OA.

OASPA – Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association

Representing a diverse community of organisations engaged in open scholarship, OASPA works to encourage and enable open access as the predominant model of communication for scholarly outputs.

OPCIT – Open Citation Project

Reference linking and citation analysis for open archives

Open Access in Belgium – Promoting Open Science

Behind Open Access Belgium is a collaboration between the Open Science teams of the Belgian universities. Apart from keeping this webpage up to date and writing blogposts about Open Science in Belgium, we also organise a yearly event during Open Access Week for the Belgian Open Science community.

Open Science & Research Support

University College London (UCL) library teams provide a number of services and resources to assist students and staff with research projects.

OpenDOAR – Directory of Open Access Repositories


OpenDOAR is the quality-assured, global Directory of Open Access Repositories. You can search and browse through thousands of registered repositories based on a range of features, such as location, software or type of material held. Try it out for yourself:

ORCID – Open Researcher and Contributor ID

Independent community effort to standardize researcher identification

ORI – Office of Research Integrity

The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) oversees and directs Public Health Service (PHS) research integrity activities on behalf of the Secretary of Health and Human Services with the exception of the regulatory research integrity activities of the Food and Drug Administration.

Plan S – Practical Advice for Open Access Repositories

cOAlition S is committed to delivering content that informs and explains in a concrete manner the research and publishing community towards the aim of accelerating full and immediate open access. The following page provides practical advice and additional details about the Plan S principles, implementation and technical guidance in order to help researchers, institutions, publishers and others understand better the Plan S and its requirements. Further explanations will be added as necessary.

Plan S for Shock: Science, Shock. Solution. Speed.

Plan S for shock: the open access initiative that changed the face of global research.

This is the story of open access publishing – why it matters now, and for the future.

In a world where information has never been so accessible, and answers are available at the touch of a fingertip, we are hungrier for the facts than ever before – something the Covid-19 crisis has brought to light. And yet, paywalls put in place by multi-billion dollar publishing houses are still preventing millions from accessing quality, scientific knowledge – and public trust in science is under threat.


A digital preservation and Electronic Archiving Service

PRISMA – Transparent Reporting of Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses

PRISMA Statement and related documents


Get credit for peer review

Rayyan – for Better Systematic Reviews

Rayyan makes collaborative systematic reviews faster, easier, and more convenient. Training, VIP support, and access to new features maximize your productivity.

Retraction Watch

Tracking retractions as a window into the scientific process

ROARMAP – Registry of Open Access Mandatory Archiving Policies

The Registry of Open Access Repositories Mandatory Archiving Policies (ROARMAP) is a searchable international registry charting the growth of open access mandates adopted by universities, research institutions and research funders that require their researchers to provide open access to their peer-reviewed research article output by depositing it in an open access repository.

San Francisco Edit – Newsletters

Advice on scientific, medical and general proofreading and editing

Scholarly Kitchen

What’s hot and cooking in scholarly publishing

Shaping Europe’s Digital Future

(European Commission)

The European Commission adopted today a European Media Freedom Act, a novel set of rules to protect media pluralism and independence in the EU. The proposed Regulation includes, among others, safeguards against political interference in editorial decisions and against surveillance. It puts a focus on the independence and stable funding of public service media as well as on the transparency of media ownership and of the allocation of state advertising. It also sets out measures to protect independence of editors and disclose conflicts of interest. Finally, the Act will address the issue of media concentrations and create a new independent European Board for Media Services, comprised of national media authorities. The Commission also adopted a complementary Recommendation to encourage internal safeguards for editorial independence.

SHERPA Services


Securing a Hybrid Environment for Research Preservation and Access. Helping authors and institutions make informed and confident decisions in open access publication and compliance.

SPARC – Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition

SPARC is a non-profit advocacy organization that supports systems for research and education that are open by default and equitable by design. We believe everyone should be able to access and contribute to the knowledge that shapes our world.

SPARC Europe

SPARC Europe is one of Europe’s key and long-standing voices advocating for unfettered access to research and education — for the academic and education community; for the whole of society. More openness in research and education, we believe, will lead to an accelerated rate of discovery in academia and in the private sector, and of learning at every strata of education.

STM – International Association of STM Publishers

The global voice of scholarly publishing

Think – Check – Submit

Choose the right journal for your research


An open database of  over 46 million free scholarly articles. We harvest Open Access content from over 50,000 publishers and repositories, and make it easy to find, track, and use.

Washington DC Principles for Free Access to Science

As scholarly, not-for-profit publishers, we reaffirm our commitment to innovative and independent publishing practices and to promoting the wide dissemination of information in our journals. Not-for-profit scientific, technical, and medical publishers are an integral part of the broader scholarly communities supporting scientists, researchers, and clinicians. We work in partnership with scholarly communities to ensure that these communities are sustained and extended, science is advanced, research meets the highest standards, and patient care is enhanced with accurate and timely information.

WHO Library and Digital Information Networks

The WHO Library is the world’s leading library on public health. It provides access to knowledge from WHO as well as to other sources of scientific literature produced around the world. WHO Library resources and expertise also provide scientific evidence and knowledge to low- and middle- income countries through a set of low-cost/high-use initiatives.


WiderNet is dedicated to improving digital education and communications for all communities and individuals around the world.


Er is heel veel informatie te vinden op internet. Een deel daarvan is goed. En een deel daarvan is niet zo goed. Voor bibliotheken is het de normaalste zaak van de wereld om informatie te verzamelen dat van betrouwbare bronnen komt, handig is en vaak ook uniek is. Met WorldCat.org vindt u precies wat u nodig heeft bij duizenden bibliotheken in de wereld. Het is een zoekmachine voor de materialen die bibliotheken in bezit hebben: boeken, e-books, luisterboeken, video’s, databases, onderzoeksmateriaal en -gegevens, kaarten, naslagwerken, archieven, gedigitaliseerde documenten, scans van zeldzame werken, beeldmateriaal dat van lokaal historisch belang is, muziekpartituren, genealogische gegevens, etc. Tijdens het zoeken krijgt u opties om de zoekresultaten te verfijnen en informatie over de gevonden materialen. WorldCat.org is de eerste stap, want uiteindelijk moet u bij de bibliotheek zijn. Wij helpen u een bibliotheek te vinden die heeft wat u zoekt. In de buurt, of ergens aan de andere kant van de wereld.

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