IEEE Introduces TechRxiv™, a New Preprint Server for Unpublished Research

IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, announces the launch of, a preprint server for the global technology community. is a collaborative multidisciplinary hub that will facilitate the open dissemination of scientific findings in electrical engineering, computer science, and related technologies. This is the latest offering in IEEE’s expanding publishing program, which provides authors with additional tools for enhancing their research, in support of open science. is a free repository that provides researchers across a broad range of fields the opportunity to share early results of their work ahead of formal peer review and publication. IEEE continues to provide researchers the opportunity to share early results and respond to comments and recommendations for improvement, ahead of formal peer review and publication.


Open Research Library launches, aiming to bring together Open Access content in one platform

Berlin, January 29, 2020 —Open Access (OA) content on one seamless and easy-to-use platform: that is the goal of the Open Research Library (ORL), which has officially launched today at

A number of leading players in the library and OA community have joined forces to support the ORL for the benefit of researchers, scientists and academic institutions worldwide, including Knowledge Unlatched, Biblioboard, EBSCO Discovery ServiceTM, ProQuest with the Ex Libris Primo® and Summon® library discovery services, and OCLC with their creation of MARC records and indexing in WorldCat and WorldCat Discovery.


A powerful hosting platform that makes scientific book publications, and other high-quality academic OA content, freely available to anyone, anywhere in the world, ORL provides free access to a comprehensive collection of thousands of scholarly monographs, anthologies, journals, videos, posters and other formats. It caters to the core principle of OA—unobstructed access to academic materials with full interoperability of content data and metadata.


“Our goal is to develop a truly digital offering. Instead of rebuilding what is already there, we want to maximize the virtues of OA,” says Nina Weisweiler, ORL’s product manager. “Working with powerful digital distribution services enables us to make scholarly content automatically available to researchers without any delays after publication.”


“ORL started out as a project to demonstrate that different types of companies and initiatives can successfully cooperate to create a very tangible benefit to the research community,” says Mitchell Davis, CEO at BiblioBoard. “We are thrilled to support this project with our proven technology.”

As it has done with other OA initiatives, particularly KU Select, Knowledge Unlatched will garner financial support for ORL through its crowdfunding mechanism, encouraging libraries worldwide to support the growing cost of a complex infrastructure. This will allow ORL to achieve its full potential. However, use of the platform remains independent from supporting it financially, and researchers and libraries may access all content on the platform freely and without restriction at any time.

In the coming weeks, ORL will offer webinars to libraries and publishers interested in learning more about the options for integration and sharing feedback. More details will soon be available on ORL’s website.

Libraries interested in further information may contact ORL representatives at


About Open Research Library

The Open Research Library is a hosting platform initiated and maintained by Knowledge Unlatched and BiblioLabs. It makes freely accessible scientific book publications, as well as other high-quality academic Open Access content, available to anyone for free use anywhere in the world.

Access for patients – and other ways to get Elsevier articles without a subscription

Through Elsevier, researchers publish work that can change the world in ways big and small. Scientific breakthroughs, studies on rare diseases, researchers making a difference in their communities – these can all be found in the journals we publish.

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you want to read those papers.

Here, we’ll show you how to even if you don’t have access through a university or other institution.

While there are thousands of articles available via open access publishing, where an author or funder covers the publishing costs up-front so readers don’t have to, what we’re looking at here are free or very low-cost access initiatives – where we make subscription articles freely available for various reasons or provide access to our ScienceDirect platform for certain groups of users.

We have a dedicated page for these programs on the Elsevier website and felt it would be helpful to highlight them together here. As we continue to listen to the research community and the public, we are adding more programs, and you’ll always see the updated list at the link above.

Access for patients and caregivers

Elsevier Science Society Patient Access

We want to call attention to the way patients and their caregivers can access information for free. With our Patient Access Program, they can receive medical or healthcare related research papers by emailing This email is constantly monitored by our support teams, who aim to provide individual articles at no cost to patients and caregivers within 24 hours. Requesters simply need to include the article title and authors, date published, and/or the DOI or URL if available so we can locate the article as quickly as possible.

We understand that people contending with medical conditions would find it beneficial to access scientific information quickly and easily, and we hope this service provides that support. Please feel free to contact us through the patient access address above with any questions about this program and, of course, any ways we can improve it.

Other free access programs

Other programs where we provide free access to research include:

  • Share Links — Authors who publish with Elsevier receive a link to their published article that provides 50 days’ free access, which they can share with their networks.
  • Postdoc Free Access Program — We provide free access to scientific content to support young scholars between jobs or looking for their first postdoctoral position.
  • Featured articles and special issues — We regularly provide articles and issues to researchers through promotional campaigns that include free access for a limited period.
  • Open data — Authors can upload their raw research data as a supplementary file, which is then published open access – free of charge – next to their article on ScienceDirect.
  • New journals — When we launch a new journal, it is often made free access until it is established.
  • Atlas Award — Researchers who published an outstanding peer-reviewed article with the potential to benefit and advance progress in our shared planet are recognized with Elsevier’s Atlas Award. The articles here are made freely available and summarized to be easily understood by people outside the research community , while author interviews are made public to encourage the dissemination or implementation of their findings.
  • Media access — We provide credentialed science journalists around the world — currently more than 2,000 — with unrestricted media access, helping them interpret and report on scientific findings for the public. Plus, whenever a journal article is linked to in the news story itself, we make it freely available, such as swine fever.
  • Nobel Prize winners’ research and topical issues — We share collections of articles on topical issues, like swine fever and Nobel Prize winners’ work, with free access to the research. We’ll do this for sponsored programs as well, such as the Golden Goose Awards.
  • Public libraries — Anyone can access ScienceDirect through walk-in user access at any participating library in the UK via the Access to Research program and at hundreds of public libraries around the world. Our standard license also gives university libraries around the world the option to allow free walk-in access.
  • Research4Life — As a founding partner, Elsevier contributes over a quarter of the nearly 50,000 free and low-cost peer reviewed resources in Research4Life, encompassing ScienceDirect, Scopus and ClinicalKey, including over 3,100 Elsevier journals and 13,000 books. In 2017, there were over 2.4 million Research4Life article downloads from ScienceDirect. We also provide extensive in-kind expertise and financial resources to advance usage, outreach and training and have committed to the program through 2025.
  • Library of Alexandria — Elsevier partners with the Library of Alexandria in Egypt to provide access to ScienceDirect and Scopus to individual researchers in the least developed and low-income countries.
  • Resource centers — We provide free access to articles that can help doctors and decision-makers during crises: for example, research on Brexit, Ebola , the opioid epidemic, and Zika virus. We also participate in the NIH/NLM Emergency Access Initiative to make our health and medical titles available during global health, disaster or emergency events, most recently during Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria and the Mexico earthquakes.
  • CHORUS – We open manuscripts for over 400,000 research articles arising from 12 US federal research funding agencies, with tens of thousands added every year.
  • SDG Resource Centre – As part of our commitment for the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we curate with scientific articles, reports, events and much more around the SDGs. The papers included are made freely available.

Ebony magazine archive : trial access

The University of Cambridge has trial access to the Ebony Magazine archive via this link until 30 March 2020.

Please tell us what you think of this archive using the feedback form here.  Thank you.

Ebony Magazine Archive covers civil rights, education, entrepreneurship and other social topics with an African-American focus. It includes more than 800 issues providing a broad view of African-American culture from its first issue in 1945 through 2014.

Originally published by John H. Johnson beginning in November 1945, Ebony has served as an influential African-American magazine promoting stories important to the black community and focusing on the achievements of African-American leaders.


Al-Ahram digital archive : Trial access

Trial access to the Al-Ahram digital archive is now available via

Access is enabled until 17 February 2020.

The newspaper Al-Ahram is an authoritative record of Egyptian life and politics for over 140 years. The archive contains over 600,000 pages of newsprint, with original graphics and searchable text.

We would like to know what you think about this resource, so please tell us using the feedback form here.  Thank you.



JSTOR’s Lives of Literature Collection

JSTOR is providing free access online to its new Lives of Literature Collection until 29 February 2020 via this link.

We would be grateful for any feedback on this collection via the feedback form.

This resource supports advanced literary studies and interdisciplinary research on writers and texts critical to curricula in literature. With its focus on journals that use an author or text as a starting place, Lives of Literature also fulfills a scholarly resource need for in-depth study and courses on a single author or text. It will contain 120 journals that are all new to JSTOR when completed.

Oxford research encyclopedia of politics

The University of Cambridge now has access to the Oxford research encyclopedia of politics via this link

The title will be in iDiscover and is listed in the Databases A-Z.

William R. Thompson, Editor-in-Chief of the ORE in Politics, writes:

Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics facilitates connections, focuses on mechanisms, provides a sense of context and history, and helps identify research questions that can inform new research, whether in classic areas or emerging ones. Articles examine the evolution and/or structure of research programs and their dynamics, the questions, tensions, and puzzles that drive research, and the interaction between theory, method, and empirics. Because the focus is on the needs of researchers deepening their understanding of cognate areas, professors developing a reading list or preparing for a lecture, and students beginning research on their own, they will find the ORE of Politics as the reliable source of information and insight.

Read the ORE in Politics currently featured article on National Parliaments and the European Union.

Trial access: BFI collections on Screen Studies — ebooks@cambridge

Free trial access to two British Film Institute ebook collections is now available on Bloomsbury’s Screen Studies platform. BFI Film Classics and BFI Film Studies. You can navigate to browse both collections by selecting the Collections option from the homepage toolbar, or use the search box to take you straight to a particular title or […]

via Trial access: BFI collections on Screen Studies — ebooks@cambridge

DETAIL Inspiration : new e-resource

The University of Cambridge now has full access on and off campus to the DETAIL Inspiration database via this link:

DETAIL Inspiration

An online image and reference database for architects in the German and English language. The full-text database includes photos, drawings and technical information collected over the last 30 years. The database is optimised for mobile devices and includes a professional search function and filter option.

DETAIL contains over 3,500 architecture and construction projects and references available for download as pdf files. The database is updated monthly, with over 156 new projects and references added each year.

The King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture, Dhahran, DETAIL Inspiration database

Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology : new e-resource

The University of Cambridge now has full access on and off campus to the Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology via this link:

The Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology presents a wide scope of articles on chemical substances—including their properties, manufacturing, and uses. It also focuses on industrial processes and unit operations in chemical engineering, as well as covering fundamentals and scientific subjects related to the field. Additionally, environmental and health issues concerning chemical technology are also addressed.

Department of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology, University of Cambridge