African Journals Online (AJOL) began in May 1998 as a pilot project managed by INASP; International network for the Availability of Scientific Publications. It aimed to promote the awareness and use of African-published journals in the sciences by providing access to tables of contents (TOCs) on the Internet, backed by a document delivery service.
AJOL offers the tables of content and abstracts from journals published in Africa on:
- agricultural sciences and resource management
- arts, culture, language and literature
- science and technology
- social sciences
If the full text of the article is available on the AJOL site, there will be a link called “PDF” to the right of the article title, or from the abstract. If you click on that, you will be able to download an article. If it is an Open Access article, the download will begin immediately. If it is an article from a subscription-based journal, the system will only allow download after a small credit card payment, or if you qualify for a small quota of free articles. Otherwise, you can ask your librarian to sign up to AJOL.
Please note that you need to be registered (this is free) and logged in on AJOL to download full-text articles.