The publication provides a detailed account on the origin, context, significance and raison d’être of SciELO – Scientific Electronic Library Online, which is a model for cooperative electronic publishing of scientific journals on the Internet. The publication summarizes the contribution of SciELO in scientific communication, notes its efficient ways to assure universal visibility and accessibility of scientific literature.
SciELO (The Scientific Electronic Library Online) is an electronic library of Open Access Journals. It is an integral part of a project being developed by FAPESP – Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo and created in partnership with BIREME – the Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences Information. Since 2002, the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) also supports SciELO.
The title is published to provide a best case practice model that can be replicated in other parts of the world. UNESCO and SciELO stand committed to support interested countries or a group of Member States to initiate the SciELO model of Open Access journal publication.
…noting the significance of the publication, Mr Abel Packer, Director of SciELO stated that “the pioneering spirit and scope of SciELO is to improve the quality, visibility, usage and impact of journals that are available Openly. SciELO integrates the functions of indexing, journal performance evaluation, online open access publication and dissemination following international standards of the highest quality.” SciELO is implemented through a network of national collections of journals that extends through 16 countries, most of Latin American and Caribbean plus Portugal, South Africa and Spain.
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