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A Treasure Trove of Open Access and Creative Commons Resources for Biodiversity Researchers

The Trove

Are you a biodiversity researcher or project manager working on a technical proposal, research paper, project website, team report or newsletter? Whatever medium of communication you’re using, having the right resources to perform tasks such as, researching journals, finding images and documentary videos, compiling biodiversity data and developing checklists, can save you a lot of pain, time and most importantly, budget. Thanks to the birth of open access and creative commons resources in the scientific community. It gave all of us the ability to use high quality references and boosted our productivity.

The internet as a free channel of distribution

The internet has provided an enormous gateway of distribution of these resources. Thanks to those initiatives that believe that access to scientific journals, biodiversity datasets and other online biodiversity resources must be made available to the public without any charge. We can exercise with full appreciation of our freedom of information even more by acknowledging those who have done the work for the open access materials we use. Considering that some authors had to pay publishing fees to bring their research out to open access journals. But as readers, their published work is freely available to us without subscription fees. We can give our thanks by crediting proper citations to these authors and sources of original information.

This article aims to create a listing of some of the available sources of information and materials that can be useful to any biodiversity research and projects. If you would like to suggest more resources that’s probably not included in the list, feel free to click on the “Contact Us” button on the right side of the page.

First, here are some introduction to understand the concepts of Open Access and Creative Commons:

Creative Commons licenses and the non-commercial condition: Implications for the re-use of biodiversity information

The difference between Open Access and Creative Commons

Benefits of Open Access and Creative Commons

Here are the resources:

Books, Databases, Directories, Images


Standardized distribution maps for over 25,000 species of fishes, marine mammals and invertebrates

Biodiversity Books in Google Books
Note: Some books are only available in print, and not as electronic copy.

Biodiversity Heritage Library
Search across books and journals, scientific names, authors and subjects
Licensing and Copyright
Biodiversity Heritage Library Photos

Photos of different species

Catalogue of Life

Cetaceans sighting database

Encyclopedia of Life
Information and pictures of all species known to science

Encyclopedia of Life Photos

Encyclopedia of Life Videos


FishBase Images

Flickr Creative Commons

Global Biodiversity Freshwater Atlas

GBIF Biodiversity Data

Global Invasive Species Database

Integrated Taxonomic Information System

Ocean Biogeographic Information System

Open-Access Resources: Books (Mostly)

Open Access Directory


SeaLifeBase Photos

The Public Domain Review
A directory of open access resources

Wikimedia Commons
Images, Sounds, Videos

World Register of Marine Species


Biodiversity Data Journal

Biodiversity Research and Conservation: The Journal of Adam Mickiewicz University

BioMed Central Journals


International Journal of Biodiversity

International Journal of Biodiversity

International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management

Journal of Asia-Pacific Biodiversity

Journal of Biodiversity & Endangered Species

Marine Biodiversity Records

MDPI Journals on Biodiversity

PLOS Journals

Science Direct

Springer Open Journals

Do you want more free biodiversity resources? Download our guide here (soon to be launched).

Title Image Credits

CC Image courtesy of Meditations