04 May Global organisations release resources to fight pandemic
In times of Covid-19, several scientific bodies make their resources available free of charge or at very low prices to the general and/or specialised public.
From Episkey we have prepared a compilation of the most important tools in our sector that are now available free of charge. We also showcase international educational institutions that have opened their portals and offer articles and research related to the coronavirus.
Remember that we are still working and that we are also at your disposal for any questions or doubts you may have.
The International Organisation for Standardisation (www.iso.org) publishes on its website a list of standards related to the manufacture of personal protective equipment, respirators, etc. It also makes general standards such as ISO 13485:2016 and ISO 10993:2018 available free of charge. They can be accessed from their website: https://www.iso.org/covid19
The Spanish Agency for Medicinal Products and Health Products (AEMPS)
– the measures taken to facilitate the management of medicines considered essential during the coronavirus crisis
– the measures taken to increase the availability of gels and hydroalcoholic solutions
– measures in relation to surgical masks
– exceptional measures applicable to clinical trials
– assessment status of ventilators undergoing the authorisation process
The Commission’s Public Health department continuously updates and publishes information and guidance on the pandemic at this link.
The platform also offers free access to scientific content on Covid-19. In the Research Discovery section you can find journal articles, including the Lancet and Cell Press coronavirus centres, book chapters, Early Stage Research (SSRN republishers) and Drugs Development Resources.
AENORtemporarily offers the possibility of directly downloading the UNE standard using the AENORmásportal.
EBSCO,a database of scientific information on medicine, physics, chemistry, economics, education and other fields, has also created a portal for updates and information on Covid-19. They seek to meet the demand for authoritative information and include a section of reputable open access resources and other resources here.
Cambridge University Press
Cambridge University Press offers free online access to higher education textbooks and coronavirus research. The works include book chapters and relevant articles that will be updated in the future.
Thomson Reuters publishers make available the COVID-19 resource centre website. It is about a collection of resources for legal professionals and research staff working in all jurisdictions around the world on the global content of coronaviruses, pandemics and business interruption.
The Cochrane Library, a collection of clinical trials databases, provides unrestricted and free access in Spain. Specifically on Covid-19. The related company Wiley is also offering the general public free, open-access resources in its Covid-19-related content library. For institutions affected by Covid-19, it is providing free access to its WileyPLUS or Knewton Alta online curricula during this spring semester. Access to the training programme is availableon request.
British Medical Journal
BMJ has set up a page with all the coverage of the coronavirus outbreak in its journals, as well as learning resources. It is free and updated daily: Coronavirus (covid-19): Latest news and resources
McGraw-Hill publishers offer open access COVID-19 Central, within its AccessMedicine platform, which provides information and analysis on public health and clinical medicine aimed at health professionals, students, residents, etc.
EmeraldPublishing has created the portal Coronavirus, the management of epidemics and the wider impact on society, which brings together a range of research resources related to coronavirus and the management and impact of epidemics in general. These resources will be openly available free of charge until the end of 2020.
Index has created COVIviendo, a new platform with essential health care information to facilitate professional work during the pandemic that includes:
– Nursing scientific articles that are being published at international level
– Protocols and clinical guidelines produced by public bodies, scientific societies, etc.
Several websites and documentary portals contain information and documentation on the coronavirus. This information is compiled and made public in open access by the publishers of numerous professional and scientific associations that are signatories to the statement Sharing research data and findings relevant to the outbreak of the new coronavirus (COVID-19).
Many of these organisations are committed to making public not only the articles, but also the research data. They also allow reuse and can be shared on PubMed.
- Asociación Americana para el Avance de la Ciencia. News updates and research.
- American Academy of Pediatrics. Critical news and resources for paediatricians.
- American College of Physicians. Collection of Annals of Internal Medicine articles related to coronaviruses available free of charge.
- American Medical Association. JAMA Network Information Collection on COVID-19.
- American Psychiatric Association. Resources for psychiatrists and patients.
- American Society of Civil Engineers. Resources for working from home.
- American Society of Clinical Oncology. Resources and general information.
- American Society of Nephrology. Resources for dialysis centres and outpatients.
- American Society for Microbiology. Free access to Covid-19 research articles and tools to help disseminate information.
- Annual Reviews. Annual Reviews removes control over access to its resources.
- BioOne. BioOne and its platform publishers have made articles on the coronavirus available through open access during 2020.
- DUKE University Press. Information on how to deal with the spread of communicable diseases. This includes free reading books until 1 June 2020, and magazine articles until 1 October.
- Microbiology Society. Compilation of items from its collection available free of charge.
- The MIT Press. Articles on understanding pandemics and epidemiology.
- New England Journal of Medicine. Collection of articles and other resources.
- Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. They share relevant research data and findings.
- The Royal Society. They make research data and articles relevant to the pandemic open access.
- Royal Society of Chemistry. Free access to a collection of coronavirus research articles.