Temporary access initiative helps people affected by typhoon

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The USA's National Library of Medicine (NLM) and participating publishers are supporting medical efforts in the Philippines and surrounding area by providing free full-text access to over 650 biomedical journals and over 4,000 reference books and online databases to those affected by the typhoon or assisting those affected.

The NLM's Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) aims to serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users. It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster. EAI is not an open access collection.

The EAI has been activated four times in the past: following the earthquake and subsequent cholera epidemic in Haiti, flooding in Pakistan and the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The publishers that support NLM's initiative are: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, ASM Press, B.C. Decker, BMJ, EBSCOHost, Elsevier, FA Davis, Mary Ann Liebert, Massachusetts Medical Society, McGraw-Hill, Merck Publishing, Oxford University Press, People's Medical Publishing House, Springer, University of Chicago Press, Wiley and Wolters Kluwer.

For more information, NLM asks people to email custserv@nlm.nih.gov or call 1 888 346 3656 in the USA, or +1 301 594 5983 internationally.