As with all other aspects of our lives, the Coronavirus pandemic has impacted on the scholarly communication process. With most libraries closed, a number of publishers have made content that would usually be pay-walled freely available to support remote working and teaching. Other changes have been less positive with the production of some print issues of journals being temporarily halted.

The aim of this page is to bring together the information that the Library has on these changes and the page will be updated regularly as we hear about new developments.

Botany (Canadian Science Publishing)

As of April 3, 2020, Canadian Science Publishing paused all printing and distribution of journal issues until further notice. They are providing access to articles on an on-demand basis. If you require access to an article you can contact including the article DOI and title and journal.


JSTOR already includes a range of academic journals and ebooks that are freely available. During the current crisis, along with their participating publishers they have made additional content freely available to existing subscribers.

Scottish Rhododendron Society

The SRS have made their 2020 Yearbook freely available on their website.