Monday, 24 January 2011

Annual Reviews mobile app launched

Annual Reviews have launched a mobile app which enables users to pair their device with their institution's subscriptions and then access their institution's Annual Reviews journal subscriptions from their phone. The app is available for iPhone / iPod Touch and Android. Further details are available on the Annual Reviews web site at

Friday, 21 January 2011

Lancet news: Elsevier reverses their decision to withdraw from HINARI in Bangladesh

Reproduced with permission of Neil Packenham-Walsh (HIFA2015)

"A Lancet editorial published online today reports that Elsevier has reversed their decision to withdraw from HINARI in Bangladesh. An accompanying comment by HIFA members Tracey PĂ©rez Koehlmoos & Richard Smith calls on 'the big publishers and all other publishers to continue to provide free access to all of their journals in all of the 64 low-income countries signed up to the HINARI system'. Both are freely accessible on-line.

1. Editorial: Bad decisions for global health. Lancet.
Published online January 18, 2011 DOI:10.1016/S0140-6736(11)60066-4

2. Smith R. Big publishers cut access to journals in poor countries.
Published online January 18, 2011 DOI:10.1016/S0140-6736(11)60067-6

Richard Smith wrote an excellent article, and the full text can be
accessed at;

This is good news for Bangladesh, and indeed it is good news for all of us.

Congratulations to Tracey Koehlmoos and Richard Smith (former Editor of the BMJ), and Richard Horton (Editor of The Lancet) for their effective action to resolve this issue, and for their steadfast and continuing support for health information access in low-income countries.

Dr Neil Pakenham-Walsh MB,BS, DCH, DRCOG
Coordinator, HIFA2015
Co-director, Global Healthcare Information Network
16 Woodfield Drive
Charlbury, Oxfordshire OX7 3SE, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1608 811338

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

LAS cotton bags now available for just £1.50.

You can now pick up a Library & Archives Service cotton bag for just £1.50. These fairtrade accredited, ethically audited, carbon neutral bags are only available whilst stocks last. Why not ask for one at the Enquiries Desk next time you're in?

Friday, 7 January 2011

Mobile apps for Wiley-Blackwell journals launched

Wiley-Blackwell is launching new mobile applications for some of its health science journals, accessible via iPhone, Blackberry, Android and other devices. See for more details.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

E-Journal A-Z List (TDNet) Updated

With the start of the new year our E-Journal A-Z list (TDNet) has had a minor facelift, with the tabs on the toolbar re-labelled to help you find your way around more easily. As before, you can undertake a basic search of the LSHTM e-journal collection or choose more advanced search options, and you can set up your own customised A-Z list or email alerts via the My Profile tab. New links have also been added, and you can now jump straight to a search for open access journals via the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) or get more information about the LSHTM journal collection from the LAS web pages. To access the E-Journal A-Z directly go to our Electronic Resources page at We hope you like it!

New blog

Partnerships in Health Information (PHI) have launched a new blog

Health Information Updates to and from Africa (

Further information about PHI is on their website at

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

News archives from Google and Senate House Library

Did you know Google news has an archive of Newspapers from around the world? Have a look at

Obviously, due to restrictions imposed by the newspapers themselves, you cannot view the most recent editions. However, you may find this useful if you are interested in historical issues. Many of the newspapers have been published since the mid 19th century. Be aware that this is not a complete archive.

If you would like to search a complete archive of newspapers, I recommend you use the newspaper resources available from Senate House Library (SHL). All current staff and students of LSHTM are eligible to join SHL. If you are based in London, just visit SHL with your School ID and they will provide you with a membership card and logon to their electronic resources. If you are based overseas, please email for details.