In times of a global pandemic, when the world is fighting a common threat against the clock, cooperation in the scientific community is more important than ever. At some point in the (hopefully) near future, we will have medications and vaccines to combat the virus. And this will be thanks to thousands of scientists working tirelessly around the clock to find a cure.

To help them with their strenuous task, more and more publishers and academic databases have decided to make the research related to COVID-19 freely available to anyone. Some go even further and are making their entire database freely available for a limited period of time.

Publishers recognize their role in the crisis and make COVID-19 content open access

Removing all obstacles to getting access to all information available on COVID-19 is the obvious and right thing to do in this situation. All publishers who recognized their important role in this crisis and reacted immediately deserve credit.

We have put together a list of more than 30 free resources during the pandemic, and we'll update the list on a regular basis. Feel free to leave a comment if you would like us to add a source to the list.

We leave the obvious follow-up question for later: If open access is critical in times of crisis, why is closed access and paywalls the better approach when researchers are fighting everyday crises like cancer, Alzheimer's disease, or climate change?

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30+ free resources for researchers during coronavirus outbreak: screenshotACMWhole database (~ 4 Mio)June 30, 2020
30+ free resources for researchers during coronavirus outbreak: screenshotACSCollection of articles on Coronavirus research
30+ free resources for researchers during coronavirus outbreak: screenshotAIPCollection of articles on infectious diseases, epidemics, computational epidemiology, and pandemicsMarch 31, 2021
30+ free resources for researchers during coronavirus outbreak: screenshotBMJCoronavirus hub with articles and resources on COVID-10 freely available
30+ free resources for researchers during coronavirus outbreak: screenshotBrillBooks and articles on topics such as public health, distance learning, crisis research
30+ free resources for researchers during coronavirus outbreak: screenshotCambridge University PressFree access collection (currently 246 articles on April 14)
30+ free resources for researchers during coronavirus outbreak: screenshotCell PressHub page with content about the outbreak as it appears in Cell Press journals
30+ free resources for researchers during coronavirus outbreak: screenshotClarivateCollection of resources around the Coronavirus
30+ free resources for researchers during coronavirus outbreak: screenshotCochrane LibrarySpecial Collections, reviews, prioritized updates, COVID-19 Study Register, and other resources
30+ free resources for researchers during coronavirus outbreak: screenshotDimensionsAll relevant content on COVID-19 on the Dimensions platform is freely available and can be downloaded. As of April 14 more than 12,000 publications, clinical trials and policy documents
30+ free resources for researchers during coronavirus outbreak: screenshotDuke University PressSelection of books to be read for free online until June 2020, journal articles free until October 2020June 1, 2020
30+ free resources for researchers during coronavirus outbreak: screenshotElsevierFree Coronavirus information center including guidelines for clinicians and patients, ~ 20,000 related articles free to access on ScienceDirect
30+ free resources for researchers during coronavirus outbreak: screenshotEmeraldExpert briefings, journal articles, and book chapters related to Coronavirus and the management of epidemicsDecember 31, 2020
30+ free resources for researchers during coronavirus outbreak: screenshotGuilfordWhole databaseJune 30, 2020
30+ free resources for researchers during coronavirus outbreak: screenshotIEEEA collection of COVID-19 related articles is completely free to access for the duration of the crisis
30+ free resources for researchers during coronavirus outbreak: screenshotIOP PublishingAll relevant published and forthcoming articles in their journals will be made immediately available to PubMed Central (PMC) throughout the duration of the crisis
30+ free resources for researchers during coronavirus outbreak: screenshotJAMACOVID-19 collection with interviews, videos and interactive map
30+ free resources for researchers during coronavirus outbreak: screenshotJohns HopkinsNews and information to help advance the understanding of the virus, inform the public, and brief policymakers
30+ free resources for researchers during coronavirus outbreak: screenshotJSTORExpanded free access for participating institutions & selected journal articles related to COVID-19 free for everyoneJune 30, 2020
30+ free resources for researchers during coronavirus outbreak: screenshotMcGraw-Hill Medical24+ entries on AccessMedicine COVID-19 Central to help teaching and learning online and to share the latest information on the COVID-19 global pandemic
30+ free resources for researchers during coronavirus outbreak: screenshotMicrobiology SocietyAll journal content
30+ free resources for researchers during coronavirus outbreak: screenshotMIT PressSelected free articles on pandemics, epidemiology, and other relevant subjects
30+ free resources for researchers during coronavirus outbreak: screenshotMuseCOVID-19 related scholarly content
30+ free resources for researchers during coronavirus outbreak: screenshotOvidFree access to Ovid Discovery
30+ free resources for researchers during coronavirus outbreak: screenshotOxford University PressFree access to OUP resources on Coronavirus and related topics
30+ free resources for researchers during coronavirus outbreak: screenshotSAGE150+ articles spanning science, technology, and medicine and in the social and behavioral sciences
30+ free resources for researchers during coronavirus outbreak: screenshotSemantic ScholarFree COVID-19 Open Research Dataset, a free resource of over 51,000 scholarly articles, including over 40,000 with full text, about COVID-19 and the Coronavirus family of viruses
30+ free resources for researchers during coronavirus outbreak: screenshotSpringer NatureFree to access journal articles, books and additional commentary on the Coronavirus
30+ free resources for researchers during coronavirus outbreak: screenshotThe LancetCOVID-19 resource center with free content from across the Lancet journals as it is published
30+ free resources for researchers during coronavirus outbreak: screenshotThe New England Journal of MedicineA collection of articles and other resources on the Coronavirus outbreak, including clinical reports, management guidelines, and commentary
30+ free resources for researchers during coronavirus outbreak: screenshotWellcomeAll of their COVID-19 and Coronavirus-related research and publications are freely available
30+ free resources for researchers during coronavirus outbreak: screenshotWileyMore than 5,300 Coronavirus-related articles and book chapters

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