Please note: This archive was last updated in 2005.

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Online Reproductive Health Journals

Updated August 23, 2004

Advances in Contraception
Publisher: Society for the Advancement of Contraception (SAC)
Content: Original, peer reviewed papers concerned with reproductive research and clinical aspects of contraception, as well as review papers.
Published four times per year. Table of contents online.

BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (formerly British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology)
Publisher: Elsevier Science (as of January 2001; formerly published by Blackwell)
Content: Original, peer-reviewed work in all areas of obstetrics and gynaecology, including contraception, uro-gynaecology, fertility, oncology, and clinical practice. Monthly. Table of contents and some full text online.

Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Publisher: WHO
Content: Original research findings on new laboratory, clinical, and epidemiological data drawn from a broad range of fields. Published 6 times per year. Full text online 1999-present.

Publisher: Elsevier Science
Content: The rapid communication of advances and new knowledge in all areas of contraception including chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, endocrinology, biology, the medical sciences, and demography. Monthly. Tables of contents online. Free tables of contents available by email.

Health Policy and Planning
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Content: Articles on epidemiology, health and development economics, management and social policy, planning, and social anthropology. Four issues per year. Free table of contents available by email.

International Family Planning Perspectives
Publisher: Alan Guttmacher Institute
Content: Articles on aspects of international family planning research and program reports. Full text online.

International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Content: Official publication of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics. Articles on all aspects of basic and clinical research in the fields of obstetrics and gynecology and related subjects, with emphasis on matters of worldwide interest. Table of contents online. Free tables of contents available by email.

IPPF - Medical Bulletin
Publisher: International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)
Content: Up-to-date information on clinical, service-delivery, and managerial aspects in family planning and sexual and reproductive health. Six issues per year. Full text online. Available in English, French, and Spanish.

IPPF Publications
Publisher: International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)
Content: Site lists regional and international publications available from IPPF.

Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
Publisher: American Medical Association
Content: Peer-reviewed clinical science, disease prevention, and health policy information. Many full text articles, excellent abstracts, tables of contents. Weekly. Some full text online.

Journal of the American Medical Women's Association (JAMWA)
Publisher: American Medical Women's Association
Content: Peer-reviewed journal dedicated to women's health. All issues from 1994 to 1998 are available in full-text on the site. The site also includes a question-of-the-month forum and the Women's Health Link Library (, which provides links to more than 300 organizations and more than 1,000 resources relevant to women's health.

The Lancet
Publisher: Lancet
Content: General articles that are likely to contribute to a change in medical practice or thinking about a disease. Weekly. Tables of contents, some articles online. Access to full text articles online for print subscribers. Access to limited text online with free registration.

MotherCare Matters
Publisher: John Snow, Inc.
Content: Newsletter and literature review on maternal and neonatal health and nutrition. Published quarterly. Recent issues of the newsletter (from 1996 onward) are available online in full text.

Publisher: Family Health International (FHI)
Content: Each edition of FHI's Network includes articles on a specific reproductive health topic. Recent topics have included: emergency contraception, family planning and STIs, adolescent reproductive health, and female barrier methods. Four issues per year. Full text online.

Publisher: Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH)
Content: Features reviews of research findings and other news related to reproductive health. Recent issues have dealt with contraceptive supply security, cervical barrier devices, breast cancer, preventing postpartum hemorrhage, and HIV/AIDS. Four issues per year. Available in English. Selected issues available in Chinese, French, Indonesian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Full text of English-language editions available online.

Population Council Publications
Includes Population Briefs, Studies in Family Planning, Quality/Calidad/Qualité. The site has a search engine for all Population Council publications.

Population Reports
Publisher: Population Information Program (PIP) at the Center for Communication Programs (CCP) of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.
Content: Each edition is on a single topic and is designed to provide an accurate and authoritative overview of important developments in family planning and related health issues. Four issues per year. Full text online.

Progress in Human Reproduction Research
Publisher: World Health Organization (WHO)/HRP
Content: Disseminates information on the activities of the Programme. Four issues per year. Full text online.

Reproductive Health Matters
Publisher: Elsevier Science (formerly published by Reproductive Health Matters charityand by Blackwell)
Content: In-depth analysis of reproductive health matters from a women-centered perspective. Its aim is to promote laws, policies, research, and services that meet women's reproductive health needs and support women's right to decide whether, when, and how to have children. Published twice per year in English, with summaries available in French and Spanish.

Safe Motherhood Newsletter
Publisher: World Health Organization (WHO)/HRP
Content: Safe motherhood issues and activities. Published twice per year. Free newsletter.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (formerly Genitourinary Medicine)
Publisher: British Medical Journal (BMJ) Publishing Group
Content: Original articles on the clinical, microbiological, behavioral, epidemiological, social, and historical aspects of sexually transmitted infections, including viral infections such as HIV and AIDS, human papillomavirus, herpes simplex virus, and the sexually transmissible hepatitis viruses. Six issues per year. Table of contents and selected text available online at

Social Science and Medicine
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Content: Research findings, reviews, and theory in all areas of common interest to social scientists and health practitioners and policy makers.
Published twice per month. Table of contents online. Table of contents available by email.

Studies in Family Planning
Publisher: the Population Council
Content: Peer-reviewed articles concerned with all aspects of reproductive health, fertility regulation, and family planning programs in both developing and developed countries. Original research articles, reports, commentary, book reviews, and a data section with findings for individual countries from the Demographic and Health Surveys. Four issues per year. Table of contents and abstracts online.

Note: All scope descriptions are based on descriptions on each journal's webpage.

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Major bibliographic databases

BVS Virtual Health Library
The Virtual Health Library is an important resource for Spanish- and Portuguese-language scientific literature and health terminology. In the Scientific Literature section there are fourteen databases, including the Latin American and Caribbean Health Sciences Literature (LILAC) database and the Adolescent Health (ADOLEC) database. The site is managed by the Latin American and Caribbean Center of Health Science Information. (BIREME) (

National Library of Medicine (NLM) Gateway<
The NLM Gateway provides users with "one-stop shopping" for many of NLM's information resources. It allows searching in multiple retrieval systems at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). The current Gateway searches MEDLINE/PubMed, OLDMEDLINE, LOCATORplus, MEDLINEplus, DIRLINE, AIDS Meetings, Health Services Research Meetings, Space Life Sciences Meetings, and HSRProj. Book chapters, audiovisual materials and meeting abstracts are cataloged in addition to journal articles. The Gateway is a work-in-progress, with many updates and improvements planned for the future.

POPLINE is the first place to search for literature the field of population, family planning, and related health issues. The database includes more than 280,000 records representing published and unpublished literature. POPLINE is updated twice each month; approximately 10,000 records are added annually. POPLINE is maintained by the Johns Hopkins Population Information Program. POPLINE will continue to distribute POPLINE on CD-ROM for those in developing countries with limited Internet access. For more details about this service, go to

PubMed is the U.S. National Library of Medicine's free online search service. A simple search screen makes it easy to search over nine million citations from the Medline and PreMedline databases.

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Major RH resources

Development Gateway: Data and Statistics
The Development Gateway's Data and Statistics page provides easy access to many statistical databases, including UN Statistics and Population Division, the Bureau of the Census, DHS,  FAO, UNICEF, and other UN agencies.

Development Gateway: Population and Reproductive Health
The Development Gateway's Population & Reproductive Health (POP/RH) Portal is an interactive website for information and knowledge sharing on population issues. The portal provides a community-built database of shared data, research, publications, projects, ideas and dialogue. Notable features include a news service; an events calendar; population/reproductive health and development project information from donor agencies such as USAID, UNFPA, the World Bank and DFID. Visitors to the website are able to sign up for free membership, which entitles them to receive regular updates on new resources that are added. The Portal is managed by UNFPA.

The Drum Beat
The email and web network from THE COMMUNICATION INITIATIVE partnership—tThe Rockefeller Foundation, UNICEF, USAID [HIV/AIDS, CHANGE], WHO, BBC, World Service, CIDA, Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs, the European Union, Soul City, the Panos Institute, and UNAIDS—provides information, ideas, linkages and dialogue on communication, development, and change.

E-Library is an online service from the Population Reference Bureau that enables users to request and obtain publications and website material by e-mail. E-Library is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of an initiative to heighten awareness and use of population and health information. The service is also available in French ( and Spanish (

Global Reproductive Health Forum The Global Reproductive Health Forum @ Harvard (GRHF) is an internet networking project that provides interactive electronic forums and global discussions, and distributes reproductive health and rights materials from a variety of perspectives through its clearinghouse. The project also maintains an extensive, up-to-date research library. This gateway site provides an extensive collection of links to organizations and information as well as many interactive opportunities. Available in English and Spanish.

HealthNet is SatelLife's computer-based telecommunications system that links health care workers around the world. HealthNet provides access to the latest medical information, email connectivity, electronic conferencing, and other services tailored to meet the current demands of its users. Includes a directory of members.

Listservs Relevant to Health, Population, Nutrition
An annotated collection of listservs with instructions for subscribing.

Manager's Electronic Resource Center
This website offers a wide range of resources including The Provider's Guide to Quality & Culture, The Health Manager's Toolkit, The Guide to Managing for Quality, the International Drug Price Indicator Guide, and The Manager Online. The site also includes extensive information about ten management topics. Available in English, French, and Spanish.

Media/Materials Clearinghouse
Produced by the Johns Hopkins Population Information Program, the Media/Materials Clearinghouse (M/MC) is an international resource for health professionals who seek samples of pamphlets, posters, videos, and many other media/materials designed to promote public health. The M/MC is the largest collection of health communication materials in the world, and each of the databases contains a search engine.

Ob/ is a commercially sponsored site that provides information on obstetrics and gynecology to professionals and the industry. The site includes a search engine, links to related sites, and features information on breast care, nursing, chronic pelvic pain, osteoporosis, endometriosis, physicians-in-training, fetal monitoring, pregnancy and birth, hysterectomy and alternatives, technology, infertility, ultrasound, laparoscopy and hysteroscopy, urogynecology, menopause and perimenopause,and young woman. It has international sections in Spanish and Portuguese (Latina), Dutch and German (Europe), and some country-specific information.

The Planet public education campaign is the work of several organizations, including CARE, the National Audubon Society, Save the Children, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Population Action International, Communications Consortium Media Center, and DDB Issues & Advocacy. Their website is a rich source of information, discussion, and opportunities for action regarding international family planning. Aimed primarily at U.S. readers, the site provides overviews and discussions of key issues in international family planning, gender issues, environmental issues, and related topics.

Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information (PERI)
The PERI website offers resources on a broad range of scientific subjects. The site includes The Cochrane Library, which is offered through a partnership with the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP). As part of the PERI initiative, The Cochrane Libary is available free or at minimal cost to countries in UNDP-defined Low and Middle Human Development groups. The library is published quarterly on CD-ROM and the Internet, and contains full-text reviews, abstracts, registers of controlled trials and of methodology, economic evaluations, and technology assessments.

Reproductive Health Gateway
The USAID Population and Health Materials Working Group (PHMWG) has developed the Reproductive Health Gateway, a powerful one-stop search site that searches through nearly 60 websites selected for information on reproductive health. Search results are hot-linked to the specific pages containing your search terms. The site allows searches in Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish.

Presentation Graphics and Reference Material
ReproLine is free source of up-to-date information on selected reproductive health topics, including family planning. It is designed for policy makers with technical or clinical background involved in setting policy for service delivery. ReproLine is managed by JHPIEGO, and is available in English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

RHI Database for Reproductive Health Materials
This database gives you direct access to selected EC/UNFPA-funded IEC-materials produced in the more than 40 projects of the EC/UNFPA Initiative for Reproductive Health in Asia (RHI) (

Scientists for Health and Research for Development (SHARED)
A very useful tool for all scientists and organizations interested incooperation and networking. The SHARED database offers structured information on approximately 2,500 reproductive health projects in over 160 countries. It also provides information on initiatives related to international health issues with focus on socioeconomic development. The information is customized to allow quick overviews for scientists, health workers, and policy makers. SHARED also offers general information on health related issues and links to other health-concerned bodies or other coordinating activities. The site is managed by GTZ. Available in English, French, and Portuguese.

United Nations Population Information Network (POPIN)
POPIN is a decentralized community of population institutions organized into regional and national networks in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, and Northern America. The site contains extensive information and links on world population trends, regional population information and networking, and the ICPD+5. The POPIN electronic library includes a worldwide directory of population institutions and a multilingual dictionary of demographic and reproductive heath terminology.

The WHO Reproductive Health Library (RHL)
Providing information on evidence-based reproductive health care through systematic reviews.
The RHL is based on a reproductive health subset of The Cochrane Library. The focus is on evidence-based solutions to reproductive health problems in developing countries. Cochrane reviews concerning reproductive health interventions are included together with peer-reviewed commentaries from experts in developing countries. The commentaries discuss the relevance and feasibility of implementing those interventions in low-resource settings, and include a section on practical aspects of using these interventions. The library is available on CD-ROM from the WHO/HRP program to health workers in developing countries on a free-subscription basis. RHL is currently published in English and Spanish. To order the current issue of RHL and subscribe, send an email with your mailing address to [email protected]

World Resources Institute (WRI) Project Clearinghouse
The Clearinghouse provides information about a broad range of projects in developing countries. It is designed to provide a means of helping such projects find partners, financial resources, technology advice and help, and media coverage; promote sharing experience and new ideas; and stimulate innovation and investment in digital dividend approaches. Registration is free.

Worldwide Directory of Population Institutions
Contact Information Database
This database is managed by United Nations Population Information Network (POPIN). It is searchable by organization name, region, or organization type and includes detailed instructions for downloading mailing lists. Contact information for developing country organizations including email and website URLs is available.

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Reproductive health organizations

Net Links: Guide to Population, Health and Development Resources
Net Links is a database of more than 800 Internet resources useful to people working in the areas of health, population, and international development. Because these are interdisciplinary fields that include public health, health education, demography, environment, communication, public policy and others, links are made to a wide variety of organizations and government agencies.

Organizations not included in the list below may be found in Net Links above. Additional organizations are listed in the topic sections. If you know of an organization to include in this list please send the URL and a description to: [email protected]

Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI)

Assocation of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP)

Center for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA)

EC/UNFPA Initiative for Reproductive Health in Asia (RHI)
EC/UNFPA Initiative provides financial support over a period of four years to reproductive health activities and services in Asia. Its main strategy is to involve international, regional, and local nonprofit organizations in its implementation and have these partners work together toward a common goal. With this approach, the Initiative hopes to bring reproductive health services within reach of populations in South and Southeast Asia that are unserved or under-served. The website is a good resource for descriptions of projects, country information, and news.

EngenderHealth (formerly AVSC International)

Family Care International

Family Health International (FHI)

Fundacion Mexicana Para La Planeacion Familiar (MEXFAM)
English and Spanish

Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs (CCP)


International Council on Management of Population Programmes (ICOMP)
ICOMP was founded on the premise that population program managers in developing countries need to share their experiences and learn from each other in view of emerging expanded population programs and concerns. It is the only developing-country international NGO dedicated to the mission of improving population program management, serving the needs of both public-sector and NGO programs. The website is a great resource for descriptions of programs in developing countries. The Inventory of Reproductive Health Practices includes descriptions of programs in Africa and Asia. ICOMP online publications include: Upscaling Innovations in Reproductive Health and South-south NGO Networks. The website includes full text articles from ICOMP "Feedback," which includes summaries of innovative reproductive health programs

International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC)

International Planned Parenthood (IPPF)

INTRAH (Program for International Training in Health)

Management Sciences for Health (MSH)

NGO Network Alliance Project
This site brings together a significant number of Zimbabwean NGOs, CSOs, and social justice organizations, and is a useful resource for Zimbabwean activities.

NGO Networks for Health

Partners in Population and Development: A South-South Initiative
Partners in Population and Development is an alliance of 16 developing countries established during the International Conference on Population and Development (Cairo, 1994). The alliance works to expand south-to-south collaboration to improve the quality and accessibility of reproductive health and family planning programs, and to speed effective implementation of the Cairo Program of Action.

Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH)


Population Action International (PAI)

Population Council

Q Web: A Women's Empowerment Base
Q Web is a worldwide network for exchange of knowledge, experience, and ideas on women's health and gender issues. The site includes resources on gender equality, society and women's health, sexuality and reproduction, violence and abuse, adolescents, and trafficking. Available in English and Swedish.

Quality Assurance Project (QAP)
The QAP website features downloadable products and tools on quality assurance and provides extensive information to strengthen health service delivery at the national, regional, and local levels. The site describes QAP interventions in quality design, improvement, and control; performance support interventions; standards development and communication; and regulatory approaches for quality. It also details QAP work in child health, maternal health, reproductive health, and infectious diseases.

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS)

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

U.S. Committee for UN Population Fund

WHO Division of Reproductive Health (Technical Support) (RHT)

WHO HRP Online

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