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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Ask your librarian to support Bioline International

Bioline International is a not-for-profit scholarly publishing cooperative committed to providing open access to quality research journals published in developing countries. Bioline International is currently seeking library memberships to sustain this key service, at a very affordable rate of $500 per year per library. This is much lower than the average cost to subscribe to just one scholarly journal.

Support for local publishing in developing countries means a venue where local scholars can focus on local issues, not likely to be high priority for publication in journals in the developed world, such as articles on malaria, river blindness, food handling.

For more on Bioline International, see my post on The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics. I know some of the people involved, coordinators and publishers, am familiar with their work, and highly recommend supporting this initiative.

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