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Developing World Access to Leading Research
The demand for scientific literature in developing countries had gone unfulfilled for many years with thousands of students, researchers and academics struggling to gain access to current scientific information. While students were unable to access the literature and acquire the knowledge they needed, researchers and academics were confronted with mounting difficulties in publishing their findings in peer-reviewed journals, updating their teaching curricula and identifying funding.

The collective name for the four programmes – HINARIAGORAOARE and ARDI – Research4Life provides developing countries with free or low cost access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content online. Eligible libraries and their users benefit from:

  • Full-text articles which can be downloaded for saving, printing or reading on screen
  • Searching by keyword, subject, author or language
  • Resources available in several languages
  • Training in information literacy and promotional support

Research4Life is a public-private partnership of the WHO, FAO, UNEP, WIPO, Cornell and Yale Universities and the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers. Working together with technology partner Microsoft, the partnership’s goal is to help attain six of the UN’s eight Millennium Development Goals by 2015, reducing the scientific knowledge gap between industrialized countries and the developing world.

The Power of Information – Closing the Knowledge Gap
The concept of Research4Life is simple: research in health, agriculture and the environment is better informed when it is based on the most recent, high quality and relevant scientific knowledge. Research4Life applies this, delivering knowledge to the world’s poorest countries. Research4Life is empowering universities, colleges, research institutes and government ministries as well as non-governmental agencies and hospitals, with access to scientific knowledge that was never before imagined. Research4Life is a partnership that functions entirely on the basis of good will. If you have resources that could add to the development of the Research4Life initiative, please contact:

Research4Life is a highly successful public-private partnership for international development

  • UN agencies working in unison
  • Latest technology support
  • 5000 institutions with access
  • Over 8100 peer-reviewed international scientific journals, books, and databases available online
  • Usage increasing every year
  • All stakeholders committed to support the programmes at least until 2015
  • Ongoing plan to address the challenges and ensure a long term legacy of research in developing countries

Who Can Access Research4Life?
Research4Life is designed to enhance the scholarship, teaching, research and policy-making of the many thousands of students, faculty, scientists, and medical specialists, focusing on Health, Agriculture, Environment and other life, physical and social sciences in the developing world.

Institutions in eligible countries are: universities and colleges, research institutes, professional schools, extension centers, government offices, local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), hospitals and national libraries.

Content from this campaign

Africa Doubles Research Output Over Past Decade, Moves Towards a Knowledge-Based Economy
December 2013/ Ylann Schemm There is no doubt that economic growth across sub-Saharan Africa has been stellar in recent years, illustrated by GDP growth expected to be 5.3 per cent in 2014 (1). Coverage of Africa has increasingly focused on this growth, seeing the encouraging future prospects for many countries and the improved life chances for the younger generation as...
Dec 3, 2013 10:00 AM ET
Research4Life Reaches Milestone of 35,000 Free and Low Cost Peer Reviewed Resources for Developing World
London, June 5th, 2013 /3BL Media/ – The Research4Life partners announced today that the total number of its offering of peer-reviewed resources has now surpassed 35,000. The total number of journals now tops 13,000, with e-books totaling over 22,000.The Research4Life partnership currently provides over 6,000 institutions in more than 100 developing...
Jun 5, 2013 10:30 AM ET
Last Call for the Research4Life Library Contest
The Research4Life partnership announced today a case study competition to recognize the role of librarians and library staff in building the research capacities of scientists, doctors and policymakers and helping to boost research...
Apr 19, 2013 8:00 AM ET
Research4Life and its Impact on Agronomist in Burkina Faso
Dr Sami Hyacinthe Kambire, a researcher from Burkina Faso, shares how Research4Life as helped him to develop better and more informed scientific writing skills, produce focused research that he can discuss with top researchers worldwide, compete more effectively for research funding, and deliver better teaching programmes. For more information,...
Mar 12, 2013 10:40 AM ET
Research4Life Helps Charity Improve Lives of HIV-Infected Orphans in Zambia
In 2003, a woman with AIDS, seven months pregnant and living in a bus terminal in the Zambian capital of Lusaka, was found by nuns and brought to a shelter. After delivering the baby, physician Tim Meade and a team of volunteers looked after the child. Unable to care for her newborn son, the mother turned to "Dr Tim". As a sign of gratitude, she named the boy Tim. Thus was...
Feb 21, 2013 9:35 AM ET