SCB Offers Free Access to Publications

The Society for Conservation Biology is now offering access to publications for SCB 
members in developing countries to offset the high cost of subscribing to academic journals. 
Although access is free to those members, the membership fee is only 10 USD for those in 
developing countries, thus ensuring affordable access for those who would otherwise have to
 stand outrageous expenses to carry out research.
For more information, see the press release below.
1. Press Release: FREE Online Access to Publications for Developing 
Country SCB Members
Contact: Alan Thornhill
(703) 276-2384
The Society for Conservation Biology, in collaboration with 
Blackwell Publishing and Elsevier Publishing, announces that online 
access to Conservation Biology, Conservation In Practice, and 
Biological Conservation is now free to SCB members in developing 
countries. Elsevier has also added Ecological Indicators, Ecological 
Complexity, and Ecological Informatics to the free publications. SCB 
is also negotiating to acquire similar access to a suite of other 
conservation-related journals from a variety of publishers, 
including additional titles from Blackwell and Elsevier.
Providing free access to conservation publications will greatly 
benefit our conservation colleagues in developing countries 
worldwide. Conservationists in developing countries want to do 
effective conservation work, but many cannot afford scientific 
publications and do not have access via their institutions. "The 
destruction of biodiversity worldwide is so rapid that there is no 
time to waste. Information must get out to conservationists who 
otherwise would not have access. SCB is leading the way in making 
scientific information available to conservation professionals and 
students in developing countries," said SCB Executive Director, Dr. 
Alan Thornhill.
Thanks to a grant from The Nature Conservancy (TNC), SCB is able to 
offer free memberships to a large number of conservationists in 
developing countries and therefore provide access to the growing 
list of free conservation publications. Jonathan Adams, Program 
Director for Conservation Knowledge and Communities at TNC said, 
"It's extremely important that conservation professionals have 
access to current scientific information. Much of the Earth's 
biodiversity can be found in developing countries, and scientists 
there often cannot get the most current information either about the 
species themselves or about the tools that are available to conserve 
For updates and more information on these great new benefits, check 
the upcoming SCB newsletter and the SCB website: 
For further information, contact Dr. Alan Thornhill, Society for 
Conservation Biology at or (703) 276-2384 or 
Jonathan Adams, The Nature Conservancy at or (301) 

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