POPLINE: Curated health sciences literature

POPLINE provides access to carefully selected health and associated natural sciences literature.

POPLINE contains a comprehensive collection of health and associated literature. An international resource, POPLINE helps anyone gain access to scientific articles and book chapters. POPLINE is a resource providing full-text documents from scans acquired at cost from libraries worldwide.

For over 45 years, POPLINE has provided access to the world’s population, family planning and related public health literature to diverse clients worldwide with a primary intended audience in developing countries.

Established in 1973, the database was part of the 'Population Information Program' (PIP). During 1980-2001, POPLINE was one of the National Library of Medicine’s databases, serving as a complement to the broader PubMed database. In 2001, POPLINE developed its own searchable website and, in the same year, became part of the 'Information and Knowledge for Optimal Health' (INFO) project, and later the 'Knowledge for Health Project' (K4Health). During that time, POPLINE has delivered nearly 500,000 full-text documents to requesters in low- and middle-income countries.

Scope and Content
After the abrupt removal of database, site and associated services in 2019, this is an attempt to recreate this knowledgebase. While over 85,000 database records could be directly recovered, the database currently contains over 380,000 records. This project is ongoing work and not to be completed anytime soon.

Products and Services
POPLINE's website consists of bibliographic citations and abstracts to a variety of printed materials including journal articles and book chapters. The majority of items were published from 1970; however, there are selected citations dating back to the 19th century. Many documents are unique to POPLINE and are unavailable elsewhere except as hardcopies in some libraries.

Our products are journal articles and book chapters scanned at libraries worldwide. Supplying libraries are government institutions which provide materials in a copyright-compliant manner. Besides others, these libraries include:

National Library of Medicine, USA
National Diet Library, Japan
National Library of Korea
National Library of Australia
National Science Library, China
Peking University Library, China
Shanghai Library, China
National Central Library, Taiwan
National Library of India
Library of Medical University of Vienna, Austria
Library of Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Switzerland
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Germany
German National Library of Science and Technology, Hannover, Germany
Foundation Library, University of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover, Germany
National Library of Medicine, Germany
British Library, United Kingdom

For making our products available, POPLINE provides copyright-compliant document delivery services (DDS):

We usually receive library-scanned documents within one workday. Under exceptional circumstances, delivery may take up to 3 workdays.

POPLINE delivers documents by email from info@popline.org in PDF-format and with OCR in the native language of the document applied.

Our regular price for library-scanned articles or chapters is US$29.90. For many articles that we can directly access electronically at our supplying libraries, we charge US$19.90.

For students from less-developed countries, we provide articles at a subsidized cost of US$9.90. Please email us (info@popline.org) using your institutional address for getting this offer.

Please start exploring POPLINE's curated content here:

Journals hosted on POPLINE
Boletín de la Asociación Médica de Puerto Rico
Curated health sciences literature, Node 1
POPLINE Documents Node 1 Subnode 1