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Covid-19: online resources for distance learning

During the period of the COVID-19 outbreak, some Italian and international publishers are providing access to their e-resources, in order to ensure remote research and proper support for teaching to academic institutions.


Access to SAGE Video and to SAGE Research Methods Video.
SAGE offers online information sessions about these products: the sessions are free, and open to anyone who would like to become more familiar with the tools and learn how to search and browse, the main functionalities and content types.

Clarivate: video and webinar

The Publons profile and CV - Video
Publons is the platform that hosts over 1 and a half million profiles (of which almost 50,000 are Italian) for almost 8M of indexed reviews. Now on Publons users can configure their own profile (choosing the years and the data they want to show) and then export it in pdf and JSON format. With this functionality, every researcher who keeps his profile updated can select the one he considers interesting for a specific grant or application and each institution can easily standardize and adopt its own CV. The Publons platform is freely accessible independently from a subscription to Web of Science; data are also available via API.

Funding Agencies and Open Access in InCites - Video
With the June update of InCites (scheduled for the 25th, the release date of the 2020 version of the JCR, that is, the Impact Factor 2019), a full-bodied update will be released concerning fifty Italian "funding agencies": from MIUR, mapped also for PRIN and FIRB, to the Ministry of Health (Finalized Research and Current Research) to all the main Banking Foundations, to the Italian Regions. Therefore, it will be possible to carry out all analyses on the research they have funded, as well as verify their compliance with the Open Access mandates.

Summer School "Wikimedia projects for cultural institutions"

From 6 to 10 July 2020, the second edition of the Wikimedia Summer School "Wikimedia projects for cultural institutions" will take place online. The Summer School, organized by Wikimedia Italia, was created to offer to students and operators in the cultural sector an overview of Wikimedia projects (Wikipedia, Wikidata, Commons, Wikisource, etc.) and their applications for the enhancement of cultural and artistic heritage.
Information about the program, teachers and registration is at this link.

Elsevier Covid-19 Healthcare Hub

Elsevier is on the front-line of healthcare providing clinical tools and resources to help professionals to deliver excellent care and information to their patients thanks to a new directory.

With a few clicks, can help authors share their Coronavirus research and, in fact, any research. Authors can simply go to, tell what they want to share, and then just drag and drop the paper: they’ll instantly get a freely accessible link to their paper. With it’s easy to make papers Open Access, for free!


EBSCO COVID-19 Information Portal is a platform developed by EBSCO, which collects news coming from librarians and health experts.
Details on EBSCO free training proposals, in Italian, are at the following link:
Besides, EBSCO provides the following resources for information and distance learning, and for remote work.
Information and Resources to Help During the COVID-19 Pandemic:
Distance Learning:

British Library Digital collections

The section dedicated to digital collections is always accessible on the British Library website. The collections include reproductions of manuscripts, but also economics and social sciences texts, as well as doctoral theses and an archive of websites.
Digital collections:
UK Web Archive:

E & P Repository

To promote the circulation and sharing of the results of scientific research concerning the COVID-19 epidemic, the journal Epidemiologia & Prevenzione has created E & P Repository, a free access platform for the collection, storage and distribution of unpublished scientific manuscripts (pre-print).
In E & P Repository it is possible to deposit: study protocols, methodological works on population studies, forecasting methods, evaluation of the effectiveness of measures taken, summary reports on the state of the epidemic, articles and article reviews.


Cenfor International distributes international editorial digital content and innovative technologies for the research and management of information collections.
Video tutorial:


The online courses of the IEEE Xplore Digital Library are accessible but limited to specific topics.
Information on IEEE eLearning Courses:
Courses are accessible at this link:
and from IEEE Xplore homepage > browse > courses
Remote consultation is possible through the Auth-proxy service or Single Sign-On authentication.


JoVE is an innovative product that publishes texts and videos of scientific experiments carried out in important laboratories around the world. It provides information on how a specific experiment is carried out and on the method adopted. Until 15/06/2020 free access is provided to the complete collection of educational videos in JoVE (constantly updated), including a page of videos related to Coronavirus.


Access to a selection of contents in order to support distance learning.

WHO World Health Organization

OpenWHO, the new interactive platform of the World Health Organization offers online courses to improve the response to health emergencies.
Specific MOOCs: