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Information Science & Knowledge Dissemination Division (ISKDD) of the National Science Foundation is the National Focal Point for the dissemination of Science & Technology (S&T) Information in the country.

As the National Focal Point for the dissemination of Science & Technology (S&T) Information in the country, the National Science Library & Resource Centre (NSLRC) of the NSF provides an efficient information dissemination service to the scientific community using information communication technologies through strengthening of linkages and networks, by carrying out necessary programmes to foster the interchange of scientific information among scientists in Sri Lanka and foreign countries, by serving as the National repository of Science & Technology Literature and by facilitating an efficient Science and Technology information services through training of library professionals and provision of technical assistance.

The efficiency of the information service is enhanced through a network (Sri Lanka Science & Technology Information Network) operated among more than hundred (130) S&T libraries in the country.


  • To provide an efficient information dissemination service to the scientific community using information communication technologies through the strengthening of linkages and networks.
  • To serve as the national repository of S&T literature
  • To facilitate efficient S&T library services through the distribution of software

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Collective research literature output of Sri Lanka.e

Sri Lanka Journal Online

SLJOL is a database of journals published in Sri Lanka, covering the full range of academic disciplines. The objective of SLJOL is to give greater visibility to the participating journals, and to the research they convey. It is managed by the National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka and was developed in collaboration with INASP.

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Sri Lanka Science Index

SLSID serves as a multi disciplinary comprehensive and unique source of information on the collective research literature output of Sri Lanka. The database currently offers information on over 49,000 research publications in Science & Technology of local origin. Number of documents are covered by SLSID such as Journal articles, Conference and Seminar proceedings, Research reports, Technical reports, Theses and Dissertations, Monographs and other publication literature.

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National Research Repository

The repository can capture, store, index, preserve and redistribute the research output of Sri Lanka. It can capture any research publication such as journal manuscript/article, research/ technical report, dissertation/ thesis, monographs, posters, Power Point Presentations and proceedings offered in local and international conferences.

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Indigenous Knowledge

Antiviral potentials of medicinal plants

Medicinal plants have been widely used to treat a variety of infectious and non-infectious ailments. According to one estimate, 25% of the commonly used medicines contain compounds isolated from plants. Several plants could offer a rich reserve for drug discovery of infectious diseases, particularly in an era when the latest separation techniques are available on one hand, and the human population is challenged by a number of emerging infectious diseases on the other hand. Among several other ailments, viral infections, particularly infections associated with human immunodeficiency virus type I (HIV- I) and 2 (HIV-2), and newly emerging infectious viruses have challenged mankind survival. Of importance, a variety of medicinal plants have shown promise to treat a number of viral infections, and some of them possess broad-spectrum antiviral activity.Read More

Medicinal plants of Tamil Nadu (Southern India) are a rich source of antiviral activities

In order to evaluate the potential of medicinal plants of Tamil Nadu as sources of antiviral activities, we used seven different viruses to evaluate the methanol extracts of 30 plants, derived from 22 families and recognized for their local medical applications. Antiviral activity was the minimum concentration of extracts required to completely inhibit viral cytopathic effects (CPE), i.e., MIC100 values. Many extracts showed strong activities against Herpes simplex virus (HSV) and mouse corona virus (MCV, the surrogate for human SARS virus). Some extracts were also active against influenza virus and Sindbis virus (SINV, surrogate for hepatitis C virus), but fewer were active against the non-membrane viruses feline calicivirus (FCV, the surrogate for Norovirus), rhinovirus (common cold virus), and poliovirus.Read More

Ayurvedas Holistic Lifestyle Approach for the Management of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Possible Role of Tulsi

It was reported that traditional remedies may alleviate the symptoms ofCOVID-19. Ayurveda is the world oldest medical system that can manage any disease without side effects. Ayurveda is equipped with varieties of treatment modalities to handle with any type of deadly diseases. However, a major drawback is a lack of adequate scientific basis. Tulsi has multi-modal therapeutic effects, it is hypothesized that tulsi may be effective in the prevention and management of COVID-19.Read More

AIn search of feasible interventions for the prevention and cure of novel Coronavirus disease 2019

COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) is a public health emergency of international concern caused by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). As of this time, there is no known effective pharmaceutical, phytopharmaceutical or traditional medicine for cure or prevention of COVID-19, although it is urgently needed. Based on the current understanding of the disease molecular mechanisms from the closest relatives of SARS-CoV-2 as well as novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, it was attempted to translate this knowledge into identifying some naturally occurring plant based substances and Ayurvedic medicinal herbs that could feasibly be used as preventive as well as treatment options for COVID-19.Read More

Cutting-Edge Research

The Scientific War against COVID-19

A Sequence Homology and Bioinformatic Approach Can Predict Candidate Targets for Immune Responses to SARS-CoV-2

Identify potential targets for immune responses to the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) by sequence homology with closely related SARS-CoV and by a priori epitope prediction using bioinformatics approaches. This analysis provides essential information for understanding human immune responses to this virus and for evaluating diagnostic and vaccine candidates.For more detail

Research and Development on Therapeutic Agents and Vaccines for COVID-19 and Related Human Coronavirus Diseases

Provide an overview of published scientific information with an emphasis on patents in the CAS content collection. It highlights antiviral strategies involving small molecules and biologics targeting complex molecular interactions involved in coronavirus infection and replication. The drug-repurposing effort documented herein focuses primarily on agents known to be effective against other RNA viruses including SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV. For more detail

WHO Global research on coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

WHO is gathering the latest scientific findings and knowledge on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and compiling it in a database. They update the database daily from searches of bibliographic databases, hand searches of the table of contents of relevant journals, and the addition of other relevant scientific articles that come to their attention. The entries in the database may not be exhaustive and new research will be added regularly.For more detail

SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing serum antibodies in cats: a serological investigation

In this study, detected the presence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in cats in Wuhan during the COVID-19 outbreak with ELISA, VNT and western blot. A total of 102 cats were tested, 15 (14.7%) were positive for RBD based ELISA and 11 (10.8%) were further positive with VNT. These results demonstrated that SARS-CoV-2 has infected cat populations in Wuhan, implying that this risk could also occur in other outbreak regions. The retrospective investigation confirmed that all of ELISA positive sera were sampled after the outbreak, suggesting that the infection of cats could be due to the virus transmission from humans to cats. For more detail

NIH LitCovid, curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about Covid-19

LitCovid is a curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus. It is the most comprehensive resource on the subject, providing a central access to 2297 (and growing) relevant articles in PubMed. The articles are updated daily and are further categorized by different research topics and geographic locations for improved access.For more detail

90+ drug candidates identified for further research by Causaly A.I

With trials for Chloroquine well under-way, a deeper look has been taken into the world biomedical literature, uncovering additional compounds with potential to be repurposed as COVID-19 treatments. Approved sustances known to inhibit targets which increase members of the Coronaviridae family has been looked for, that also have a documented link to the ACE2 protein (like Chloroquine). In total, 90,000 connections between approved drugs, potential drug targets and Coronaviridae viruses have been identified. 42 substances have been identified warranting further research. For more detail

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WHO latest situation reports

Situation reports provide the latest updates on the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Health Promotion Bureau of Sri Lanka - Live updates on new Corona outbreak

For the latest statistics of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka

Live situational analysis dashboard of Sri Lanka

For the latest statistical analyses of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka

Johns Hopkins University

For the latest statistical analyses related to the COVID-19 affected countries of the world

Coronavirus Live Update, case tracker by Worldometer

For the latest statistical analyses related to the COVID-19 affected countries of the world



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