The LILACS database is an open access database of scholarly publication in medicine and the health sciences from Latin American and Caribbean countries. These journals are often not included in Medline. Standards regarding the history of the publisher, format of submitted metadata, and the requirement for English language abstracts often rules out the addition of these journals to Medline.
LILACS contains articles, including clinical studies and systematic reviews, from almost 900 journals, as well as theses, scientific reports, and government publications. Coverage extends back to 1982. The database is published by a network of international health organizations coordinated by the Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences Information.