What is Research4Life?research4life

Research4Life is the collective name for the five programmes – HinariAGORAOARE, ARDI and GOALI– that provide developing countries with free or low cost access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content online.

Eligible libraries and their users benefit from:

  • Online access to up to 85,000 peer-reviewed international scientific journals, books, and databases
  • 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, ILO, Cornell and Yale Universities, the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers and up to 175 international publishers. The goal of Research4Life is to reduce the knowledge gap between high-income countries and low- and middle-income countries by providing affordable access to scholarly, professional and research information. Since 2002, the five programmes – Research in Health (Hinari), Research in Agriculture (AGORA), Research in the Environment (OARE), Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI) and Research for Global Justice (GOALI) – have provided researchers at more than 8500 institutions in more than 115 low- and middle-income countries with free or low-cost online access to up to 85,000 leading journals and books in the fields of health, agriculture, environment, and applied sciences.

The long term vision for Research4Life is to achieve:

  • Better research
  • Updated curriculum
  • Research-based policy decisions
  • Connections to international scientific community
  • Reduced “publishing gap” & improved locally-produced journals
  • Ultimately – Improved health, food security, environment and innovation
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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: info@research4life.org

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  • UN agencies working in unison
  • Providing 115 countries, areas and territories in the developing world free or low cost access
  • Content from up to 180 publishers
  • Latest technology support
  • More than 8,500 institutions registered
  • Up to 85,000 peer-reviewed international scientific journals, books, and databases available online
  • Usage increasing every year
  • All stakeholders committed to support the programmes at least until 2020
  • 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.

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