African Access Initiative to Research Journals

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Hi Rolande,

Yes, I remember meeting you and hope all is well with you and your efforts.
We are US based, but serve institutions globally, and we provide access to our database to institutions in Africa for free as part of our African Access Initiative (more info on this available).
You can look up participating institutions on our website at . At present, over 540 institutions in Africa participate. If you know of any other institutions that may want to participate, please feel free to refer them to  or .


Community Facts & Figures - copied from their web site
JSTOR can be accessed at not-for-profit libraries in 39 countries on the continent of Africa.
JSTOR has over 540 participants in Africa.
JSTOR has partnered with INASP's Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information ( PERii ) and Electronic Information for Libraries ( eIFL ) whose primary missions are to support and advocate the availability of global electronic research in developing and emerging countries.

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Consortium Information
Consortium name: Consortium of Cameroon University and Research Libraries (COCUREL)
Legal status: Legally registered as an independent organization
Management body: Management Committee, governing board and advisory board
Type of members: University libraries, Research institute libraries
Number of members: 8 (list of members see below)
Main activities: Electronic content licensing, marketing and advocacy for libraries, education and training
eIFL country coordinator: Alexis Eyango Mouen
Contact for: eIFL-IP; eIFL-OA; eIFL-FOSS

Cameroon COCUREL members include:

1. The University of Yaoundé I
2. The University of Yaoundé II
3. The University of Douala
4. The University of Buea
5. The University of Ngaoundéré
6. The University of Dschang
7. Central Africa Catholic University (UCAC)
8. Agricultural Institute of Research (IRAD)