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Nuevo programa de Research4Life GOALI: Acceso global en línea a información jurídica

7th June 2018

GOALI – Acceso global en línea a información jurídica es el nuevo programa de Research4Life que permite acceder de manera gratuita o por un monto reducido a trabajos de investigación y actividades de formación en el campo jurídico desde los países en desarrollo.

¿Qué ofrece?
Acceso a revistas, publicaciones y bases de datos académicas y profesionales sobre determinados ámbitos del derecho, revisadas por expertos y divulgadas por las principales editoriales académicas del mundo.

¿Quién tiene acceso a GOALI?
– Investigadores, estudiantes, bibliotecarios, legisladores, jueces y expertos jurídicos, a través de sus instituciones, en 115 países de ingresos bajos y medios.
– Todas las instituciones inscritas a alguno de los programas de Research4Life puede acceder a todos ellos, incluído GOALI.

Se alienta a las instituciones gubernamentales, de investigación y sin ánimo de lucro de los países que cumplen las condiciones de admisión a inscribirse ya en el sitio web de research4Life.

¿Cómo inscribirse?
Instituciones elegibles pueden inscribirse en línea a través del siguiente link:

GOALI es una entidad de colaboración público-privada establecida entre la Organización Internacional del Trabajo (OIT), en calidad de organismo de las Naciones Unidas, la editorial académica Brill Nijhoff, la Biblioteca de la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Cornell y la Biblioteca Lillian Goldman de la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Yale.

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Learn what is and how you can access the new Research4Life programme – GOALI

8th March 2018

On March 6. 2018, a new Research4Life programme called GOALI (Global Online Access to Legal Information) was launched in Geneva. This initiative lead by the ILO, the Cornell University Law Library, the Yale Lillian Goldman Law Library and Brill Nijhoff (founding publisher and initiator of the programme), provides free or low-cost online access to legal research and training tools, including academic legal journals, publications and databases produced by the world’s leading academic publishers, in more than 115 low and middle-income countries.

The infographic below describes the key facts you need to know about this new programme:


For more information on GOALI visit:

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Highlights from the latest OARE Workshop in Nairobi

30th January 2018

A 2.5-day OARE workshop was hosted at the United Nations Offices in Nairobi, Kenya on the past November 2017.

Twenty one librarians and researchers selected from various institutions around the country participated in this workshop. This was the first workshop in Kenya spearheaded and organised by the new team responsible for OARE at UNEP aimed at improving usage of the resource as well as contribute to the capacity building efforts of the Research4Life partnership.

The overall objective of the e-resources workshop was to build the capacity of Environmental librarians and researchers in Kenya to make use of the latest literature and research made available to them through various electronic platforms, including OARE and other open access platforms.

Launched in 2006, OARE (Online Access to Research in the Environment) is managed by theUnited Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in partnership with Yale University and up to 80 publishers. OARE provides to more than 3,000 institutions access to up to 11,000  journals, up to 22,000 e-books, and up to 55 other information resources in a wide range of disciplines contributing to our understanding of the natural environment, including environmental toxicology and pollution, zoology, botany, ecology, environmental chemistry, geology, hydrology, oceanography, meteorology, climatology, geography, environmental economics, environmental law and policy, conservation policy and planning, environmental biotechnology, environmental engineering, energy, and many other disciplines. More than 3,200 institutions are now registered for access to these journals which can be searched through a number of abstracting and indexing databases.

If you are interested in joining an upcoming Research4Life workshop subscribe to our Research4Life Newsflash to keep updated on the latest news from the partnership. Don’t forget to visit our Training portal to download tutorials and self-learning resources on different topics related to access to research.

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Publisher of the Month: The Electrochemical Society (ECS)

26th October 2017

ECS’s partnership with Research4Life currently provides institutions in over 120 countries around the world free accessibility to all of the content available in the ECS Digital Library, comprising a total of over 132,000 articles and abstracts.

Our highlighted publisher this month is The Electrochemical Society (ECS), a dedicated partner in the Research4Life network that shares the belief that the key to sustainability is accessibility. A leading independent, nonprofit scientific publisher, ECS has been disseminating high quality, peer-reviewed research since its founding in 1902. The research published by ECS is cutting-edge and impactful, spanning a wide range of topics, from batteries and energy storage to dielectric science and materials. In many cases, it directly addresses and influences the sustainability of the planet.

ECS believes that research this critical needs to be openly accessible. Scientific advancement, in all of its forms, depends completely upon the open exchange of information. ECS’s Free the Science initiative is at the crux of the Society’s ongoing transition to an open science paradigm. ECS already offers authors the option to publish their work as open access; as a long-term strategy, ECS plans to remove paywall access to the entire ECS Digital Library for all users.  

For over 8,200 institutions across the developing world, the shift toward a more open and innovative future has already taken place. ECS’s partnership with Research4Life currently provides institutions in over 120 countries around the world free accessibility to all of the content available in the ECS Digital Library, comprising a total of over 132,000 articles and abstracts.

The ECS Digital Library encompasses a number of publications, including:

  • Journal of The Electrochemical Society, the flagship journal of ECS, published continuously since 1902
  • ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology
  • ECS Electrochemistry Letters
  • ECS Solid State Letters
  • Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters
  • ECS Transactions
  • ECS Meeting Abstracts
  • ECS Proceedings Volumes
  • Interface, the quarterly ECS membership magazine

ECS’s partnership with Research4Life directly aligns with the Society’s mission to democratize research to the greatest possible extent, advancing discovery, facilitating collaboration, and providing researchers worldwide the tools needed to develop new solutions to the world’s most pressing issues.

For more information on how to access the ECS journals consult with your librarian or email

Related content: ECS partners with Research4Life to help close the gap in the developing world

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AGORA Webinars: Effective Search Strategies for Researchers. Finding resources on AGORA and other platforms (EN/FR/ES)

11th July 2017


We are pleased to announce three upcoming webinars in English, French and Spanish about developing search strategie for researchers. We will demonstrate how a well formulated search strategy can facilitate literature search on the AGORA platform via Summon and on other platforms.

AGORA provides access to peer-reviewed journals, dataseta and e-books in agriculture and related biological, environmental, social and other research domains. AGORA’s main purpose is to improve the quality and effectiveness of agricultural research, education and training in low- and middle-income countries. Summon is AGORA’s Google-like search engine and it is an instant and easy way to find research material from a single search box. It searches AGORA’s catalogue and quickly brings up scores of credible, relevancy-ranked results in full text form.


[English] Kristin Kolshus is an Information Management Specialist at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Regional Office for Africa. She focuses on capacity development on access to scientific information, information management, and knowledge sharing, especially through AGORA and Research4Life.

[French] Alice Van der Elstraeten is Information Management Specialist at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO). She works mainly on capacity development and experience capitalisation for the e-Agriculture Community of Practice. Based in Panama, she is the e-Agriculture and AGORA focal point for Central America.

[Spanish] Maria Folch, working at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for more than 15 years, is currently in charge of the AGORA helpdesk and contact with users. She also collaborates in the organization and preparation of AGORA training materials in Spanish and participates as facilitator in Central America workshops.


  • EN: 21st of July 2017 – 11:00 CEST (Use Time Converter to calculate the time difference)
  • FR: 25th of July 2017 – 16:00 CEST (Use Time Converter to calculate the time difference)
  • ES: 26th of July 2017 – 16:00 CEST (Use Time Converter to calculate the time difference)

Please register here: 

Original Announcements:

*Image credit: By Willi Heidelbach (Flickr: Passt1) CC BY 2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

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Putting ClinicalKey in doctors’ hands through Research4Life’s developing country access

31st May 2017

Medical search engine lets doctors and nurses find evidence-based answers while treating patients

Whether they are based in Boston, Beijing or Botswana, doctors everywhere struggle with information overload. Treating patients and keeping up with their administrative work and the latest research is more than a fulltime job.

Since 2012, doctors have been using ClinicalKey to quickly distill evidence-based answers from a massive database of clinical content. It’s an intuitive search engine that helps them save time, make more accurate diagnoses and find best practices at the point of care.

In June, ClinicalKey will be made available in over 80 developing countries through Research4Life. ClinicalKey will join Elsevier’s ScienceDirect and Scopus among the 50,000 peer reviewed books, journals and databases that are currently available from more than 200 publishers.

“Making ClinicalKey available to doctors and nurses in developing countries through Research4Life will help those medical professionals utilize the latest evidence-based clinical information to achieve the best outcomes for their patients,”

said Dr. John Danaher, President of Clinical Solutions at Elsevier.

Hinari, Research4Life’s biomedical arm that provides access to health and medical research, has steadily improved its research collection since it was founded in 2001. But adding a widely available, commercially designed and robust clinical search engine for healthcare professionals should greatly boost usability. ClinicalKey has the potential to speed up how medical research is consulted in developing countries.

Read more on Elsevier Connect



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Finding AGORA resources by keyword – Literature Research with Summon

17th May 2017

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We are pleased to announce three upcoming webinars in English, French and Spanish about how to search AGORA  with Summon. Summon facilitates literature research on the AGORA portal enabling the user to search resources by keyword, filter search results, save search items and to export citations. AGORA’s main purpose is to improve the quality and effectiveness of agricultural research, education and training in low- and middle-income countries.  AGORA/Research4Life provides free or low cost access to peer-reviewed journals (to date, 6,500), datasets and e- books (to date, 22,000) in agriculture and related biological, environmental, social and other research domains.

The upcoming webinar will present Summon functionalities and how they can be used to effectively search the AGORA platform.  Participants can choose between the English, French or Spanish version of the seminar.


[English] Kristin Kolshus is an Information Management Specialist at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Regional Office for Africa. She focuses on capacity development on access to scientific information, information management, and knowledge sharing, especially through AGORA and Research4Life.


[French] Alice Van der Elstraeten is Information Management Specialist at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO). She works mainly on capacity development and experience capitalisation for the e-Agriculture Community of Practice. Based in Panama, she is the e-Agriculture and AGORA focal point for Central America.


[Spanish] Maria Folch, working at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for more than 15 years, is currently in charge of the AGORA helpdesk and contact with users. She also collaborates in the organization and preparation of AGORA training materials in Spanish and participates as facilitator in Central America workshops.


  • EN: 29th of May 2017 – 11:00 CEST (Use Time Converter to calculate the time difference)
  • FR: 31st of May 2017 – 16:00 CEST (Use Time Converter to calculate the time difference)
  • ES: 8th of June 2017 – 16:00 CEST (Use Time Converter to calculate the time difference)

Please register here:

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View this announcement in Spanish:

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AGORA : Tracking Usage Growth : April 2017

2nd May 2017

AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture) is one of the four programmes making up Research4Life (R4L) facilitated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. AGORA’s goal is to provide free or low cost access (complementary to open access) to peer-reviewed journals (to date: 9.020) and e-books (to date: 22.793) in agriculture and related biological, environmental and social sciences. 

R4L provides a big share of peer-reviewed contents for free to institutions in group A countries and for a small fee to group B countries.

By bringing key scientific literature to students, researchers and scientists, AGORA portal has “become a crucial tool for some of the world’s poorest countries [as] access to information is key to develop agriculture and ensure food security” (R4L Press Release).

The most noticeable development in AGORA’s usage context – during the last months – has been the upward growth of the number of institutions registered with AGORA/R4L programme.

In particular, during the month of April 201736 AGORA requests were processed. We got 17 new institutions – from the Group A countries (12 Myanmar and  1 from Cameroon,  Guatemala, Ghana, Sudan and Nepal) and 4 new institutions – from Group B (3 from Pakistan and 1 from Argentina). 

AGORA : Eligibility: Group A and Group B

Thus, the total of registered institutions at 30 of April 2017 is 3147 (2445 group A and 702 group B). 

More about AGORA:

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Research4Life/INASP Advocacy Competition Winners Announced

29th November 2016

Left: Mary Acanit, Librarian from Uganda. Right: Alice Matimba, Researcher from Zimbabwe.

A librarian from Uganda and a researcher from Zimbabwe winners of the Advocacy Competition

The Research4Life/INASP Advocacy Competition has received inspiring stories from researchers and librarians around the world. More than 150 applicants have shown that it is possible to advocate for improved evidence based health care, agriculture and environmental policies as well as basic research in their countries.

After an active deliberation process by a panel of selected judges including information experts, and leaders in the field of research information, we have selected two winners for the competition, Mary Acanit from Uganda and Alice Matimba from Zimbabwe. They will be joining us next year in Oxford at the Research4Life General Partners Meeting and the Publishers for Development conference. Both winners will receive a travel grant thanks to the support of our partners Elsevier, INASP and SAGE and a £100 book voucher from Taylor&Francis. We have also awarded a honourable mention to Dinah Baidoo from Ghana, who will receive a year subscription to a reference collection from SAGE.

We congratulate all the participants for their incredible work and efforts to support the research environment in their institutions.

Here we present you the winners:

Mary Acanit (winner)

As an Assistant Librarian In charge at Kyambogo University Library in Uganda, Mary coordinates all ICT-related activities in the library. She organizes information literacy trainings and workshops and trains library staff on new and emerging technologies so that they are aware of new developments in the library profession.

screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-3-19-26-pmAlice Matimba (winner)

A Senior Lecturer in pharmacology and genomics at the University of Zimbabwe, her research focuses in human genomics, pharmacogenomics, biobanking and ethics. Alice is an advocate for improved health and well-being. She is currently a Principal Investigator at the Zimbabwe Diabetic Foot Project and the Zimbabwe Diabetic Retinopathy Telemedicine Project, which aim to provide screening education and for the prevention of diabetes.

screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-3-21-09-pmDinah Baidoo (honourable mention)

An assistant librarian at Ashesi University College in Berekuso, Ghana; Dinah has represented her library in many meetings, seminars, congresses and conferences locally and internationally. She organizes and train users for effective use of the library eResources. Dinah is also a sub-committee member for INASP/CARLIGH for advocacy/marketing of eResources.

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Access to Research for Development and Innovation Webinar

15th November 2016

R4L_numbers_2016_ard-01Launched in 2009, ARDI – Access to Research for Development and Innovation – is the youngest of the four Research4Life programmes. Coordinated by the World Intellectual Property Organization and together with its partners in the publishing industry, ARDI provides access to scholarly literature from diverse fields of science and technology. More than 8,300  journals and up to 19,500 e-books are available to registered institutions in more than 100 countries.

If you want to learn more about ARDI, how join the programme and the content available, don’t miss the introductory webinar: “Access to Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI) and Research4Life” on November 28th 2016.

The webinar will be hosted by the eTISC platform, the social network for the Technology and Innovation Support Centers supported by the World Intellectual Property Organization. This social network enables the global TISC community to collaborate, exchange information and access new learning opportunities. You can join the eTISC network for free and get instant access to chats, forums, national TISC groups and special events.

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Publisher of the Month: Taylor & Francis

24th August 2016

Our highlighted publisher this month is Taylor & Francis Group.



Taylor & Francis Group is a founding partner of Research4Life and a founding member of Publishers for Development, a world-leading publisher of scholarly journals, books, e-books and reference works.

Their content spans all areas of the humanities, social sciences, behavioral sciences, sciences, technology and medicine, and they are the world’s largest commercial publisher of research in the social sciences. Today their journals number some 2,400, with over 3,500,000 articles available via They partner with researchers, learned societies, co-publishers, universities, and libraries across the globe to bring knowledge to life.

Taylor & Francis’ research in Health and Medicine, Environment and Agriculture, Development and Innovation, Applied and Social Sciences is available via Research4Life, giving researchers in around 100 countries access to the latest high quality, peer reviewed journal articles at no- or low-cost. Alongside partnering with Research4Life, Taylor & Francis works closely with INASP -also Research4Life partner-, extending the reach of research into other countries and ensuring researchers from Africa to Eastern Europe can access and use research at low cost.

The STAR program

starSTAR (Special Terms for Researchers) is an initiative developed by Taylor & Francis to complement the access given through partner organisations such as Research4Life. Developed to provide individual researchers in emerging regions with 31 days’ free access to leading international and regional journals in over thirty subject areas, it’s “access all areas” coverage spans the arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and biological and physical sciences. Using a flexible voucher scheme (which researchers can activate when it suits them), STAR extends this free access to researchers based in Latin America, as well as to countries in the global south.

Complementing these initiatives is an active, and much in demand, author workshop program on publishing in research journals. Aimed at early- and mid- career researchers, these events happen around the world, with some 50+ in the last 12 months occurring everywhere from Kazakhstan to Kenya. These have included events run in partnership with AuthorAID, part of INASP, and are key to helping equip researchers wherever they are with the right information and guidance to publish their research successfully.


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A look at AGORA usage in the world

8th August 2016


Africa leads in terms of usage, but AGORA has considerable presence in Asia and Latin America.

With by far the highest number of registered institutions in the world Africa uses AGORA the most, especially Sub-Saharan Africa, which accounts for the vast majority of log-ins, and Western and Eastern Africa, with over a third.

However, AGORA registrations are growing worldwide.

Asia is the second biggest user after Africa, with high pockets of AGORA use across all regions of the continent, especially Bangladesh, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Cambodia, Nepal, and the West Bank and Gaza.

Following closely, Latin America is the third biggest user of AGORA, particularly Honduras, Bolivia and Caribbean countries. Reflecting this trend, Spanish and Portuguese are two of the best represented languages in AGORA publications, after English and French.  

Elsewhere, in Eastern and Southern Europe the Ukraine accounts for over three quarters of all AGORA log-ins, while the significant user-ship in Oceania mainly comes from Fiji and Papa New Guinea.

A quick look at the map above, however, shows that some countries are eligible for AGORA but haven’t yet registered.

Please help to spread the word by letting colleagues in institutions in different countries know about AGORA, and its parent initiative, Research4Life.


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Research4Life Training workshops: An overview of the past year

3rd August 2016

A total of 98 Research4Life training workshops were organized in the past year around the globe.

Every year, the Capacity Development Team of Research4Life -along with Universities, United Nations agencies and partner organizations- organizes different training workshops around the globe.  The trainings are 2-5 full day sessions hosted by different universities and institutions. Participants learn how to use the program’s platforms, develop research skills and get the most out of the resources provided.

During the last Research4Life General Partners Meeting, an overview of the trainings conducted during the past year was presented, highlighting the efforts that the program managers of Hinari, AGORA, OARE and ARDI make every year to bring training resources to eligible countries and users.

If you are a Research4Life registered institution, we can help you organize your own Training Workshop. Visit the Training Portal to find free downloadable tutorials and presentations, print some marketing material from our Media Center or send us an email to for more information on our training workshops.

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Find the detailed list of the training workshops per country below (Hinari, AGORA, AGORA-TEEAL, ARDI):


  • National HINARI ‘Train the Trainers’ Workshop. 17-19 April. WHO.
  • Training for WHO Staff: PubMed, Authorship, Zotero. 20th April. WHO.
  • Workshop on Health Systems Research and Evidence-based Health Policy Making. 24-26 May, ICDDRB.
  • Workshop on Research Methodology. 27 May. Public Health Foundation Bangladesh.


  • Workshop AGRIS AGORA. 3 Ene 2016. FAO


  • Workshop on Patent Search Strategies and Techniques and on Establishing Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs) in Botswana. March 2016. WIPO.

Burkina Faso:

  • TEEAL/AGORA Training the Trainer workshops Ouagadogu: CID-CAMES (2), Direction Générale des Productions Végétales (DGPV) Ouagadougou , Université Libre du Burkina (ULB), AFIDRA.


  • HINARI & Internet-based Information Resources for Health Professionals in Low & Emerging Countries. May 14th. MLA/LWB.


  • HINARI Workshop. 15-16 Sep 2015. AFRO




  • TEEAL/AGORA Training the Trainer workshops Ouagadogu: St Marys University, Oromia Agricultural Research Institute (OARI), Arba Minch University, Aksum University, Amhara Agricultural Research Institute, Debre Berhan University, Debre Markos University, Gondar University, Jimma University, Wollo University, Jimma ARC.


  • Regional HINARI Training the Trainer Workshop. 16-20 Nov 2015. HINARI/WPRO.


  • Forum on Open Data and Open Science in Ghana + Workshop on Access to Global Online Research. 11-14 Jul 2016. FAO, AIMS, AGORA, R4L, GODAN, ITOCA, GAIMS, CSIR-INSTI, University of Ghana.
  • TEEAL/AGORA Training the Trainer workshops: Animal Research Institute, Ho Polytechnic, Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG), Crop Research Institute, University of Development Studies, CSIR-INSTI, Plant Genetic Resources Research Institute (PGRRI)


  • Taller PROGRAMAS RESEARCH4LIFE:HINARI. 31 Mar – 1 April. 2016. WHO


  • Workshop on Patent Search Strategies and Techniques and on Establishing Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs) in Botswana. March 2016. WIPO.


  • Hinari Workshop . 8-9 Sep 2015. WHO.


  • HINARI ‘Train the Trainers’ Workshop. 22-23 Sep 2015. HINARI/SEARO
  • Workshop on Access to Global Online Research. 25-26 Apr 2016. FAO, AIMS, AGORA, GODAN, ITOCA, WorldFish, Research4Life, University of Yangon. – Workshop on Access to Global Online Research. 28-29 Apr 2016. FAO, AIMS, AGORA, GODAN, ITOCA, WorldFish, Research4Life, University of Yenzin.


  • Forum on Open Data and Open Science in Namibia + Workshop on Access to Global Online Research. 18-20 Apr 2016. FAO, AIMS, AGORA, R4L, GODAN, ITOCA, University of Namibia.


  • Training Workshop on HINARI Programme. 31 Mar 2016. Resource Centre for Primary Health Care & Nepal Library Association.
  • Short Class about HINARI, PubMed, Summon, IRIS/WHO. 16-18 May 2016. Norvic Institute of Nursing Campus.
  • HinariTraining Course For Health Information Professionals And Researchers. 31May-1st June. College of Medical & Allied Science.


  • TEEAL/AGORA Training the Trainer workshops: Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti (EKSU), Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), National Institute for OilPalm Research (NIFOR), Federal College of Agriculture Gombe
    National Centre for Genetic Resources and Biotechnology (NACGRAB), Babcock University, Kogi State University (KSU), Kwara Satte University (KWASU), Nigerian Institute For Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR), University of Nigeria Nsuka, Landmark University, Wesley University of Science and Technology, Ondo (WUSTO) Library, Federal, University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), Ahmadu Bello University, Ambrose Alli University (AAU), DELSU.

Papua New Guinea:

  • HINARI/Health on the Internet Resources Workshop. 13-17 June 2016. LWB/MLA/ELS.


  • Evidence based Medicine Literature search. 2 Oct 2015; 2, 12, 26 Ene 2016; 5, 26-28 Feb 2016. University of Rwanda.
  • Workshop HINARI: Research for Health. 10-11 Mar 2016. WHO.
  • Workshop HINARI: Research for Health. 29 Feb-1 Mar 2016. WHO.


  • HINARI Workshop. 26 Aug 2016. University of Blue Nile, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.


  • Workshop on Access to Global Online Research. 23-25 May 2016. FAO, AIMS, AGORA, R4L, GODAN, ITOCA, COSTECH.
  • TEEAL/AGORA Training the Trainer workshops: Maruku Agriculture Research Institute, University of Dar Es Salaam, Institute of Rural and Development Planning (IRDP), Mweka College of African Wildlife Management, Naliende  Agriculture Research Institute, Kizimbani Agricultural Training Institute, State University of Zanzibar (SUZA), ARI Makutopora.


  • TEEAL/AGORA Training the Trainer workshops: Bugema University, Mountains of the Moon University, Africa Rural University, Makerere University, Ndejje University, Bishop Stuart University, National Fisheries Resources research Institute (NaFIRRI).


  • Regional HINARI ‘Train the Trainers’ Workshop. 19 Feb 2016. Consortium of Global Universities in Health.
  • Regional HINARI ‘Train the Trainers’ Workshop. 4 Mar 2016. LWB.
  • HINARI & Internet-based Information Resources for Health Professionals in Low & Emerging Countries. 2,3 Jun. LWB/MLA/ELS

Viet Nam:

  • HINARI Workshop. 28, 29 Sep 2015. Hanoi School of Public Health 
  • Training Classes. 17, 20, 21 Nov 2015; 5 Dec 2015; 5 Ene, 24 Feb, 23 May. Hanoi School of Public Health.
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AGORA: What’s in a name?

20th July 2016

AGORA_subjectsAGORA is about agriculture, but only in the broadest sense

“Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture” might appear to have a strongly agricultural slant, but AGORA’s topical reach extends far beyond that. Did you know, for example, that there are 7,701 resources related to “food safety in the hospitality industry?”  Or, 1,429 journals in AGORA on economics and social science?

In fact AGORA covers the full spectrum of the biological, environmental and social sciences. Its peer-reviewed publications cut through 22 subjects that run from agriculture through to soil science, with anything from nutrition to economics and forestry in between (see photo, above.)

A good way of seeing how many different topics are available on AGORA is to browse by subject.  If you are new to AGORA, do this by clicking on your desired subject from the dropdown menu to see how many journals are available on that theme. Then run a search through Summon to bring up a much larger set of results that includes journal articles, papers and many more content types containing your search terms. 

For example, if “nutrition” is your area of interest, you’ll be presented with over 1 million results through a Summon search. Within “nutrition” AGORA suggests scores of related “subject terms” and you can then use these to further narrow down your search. “Food safety,” for example, yields close to 470,00 results. From “food safety,” you get to “food safety in the hospitality industry”, which returns a further 7,701 results.  

To this end, by ticking or excluding the “subject terms” that interest you,  a topic as seemingly ‘niche’ as “Industrial chemistry and manufactured technologies” (in relation to food safety in hospitality) returns 488 results.

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Research4Life-INASP Advocacy Competition

20th June 2016


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Over the last two decades we have worked together with INASP to close the information gap between developed and developing countries by providing free or low cost access to academic, scientific, and professional peer-reviewed content online and providing the necessary training to support researchers, practitioners, librarians and authors in building viable research ecosystems.

In order to highlight the critical role that doctors, researchers, librarians and policymakers play in advocating their leaders to support research in their institutions and countries, we have joined efforts with INASP to run the 2016 Research4Life/INASP advocacy competition.

The competition calls for case studies demonstrating how users have overcome hurdles to boost critical leadership support for the information and infrastructural resources needed to improve evidence based health care, agriculture and environmental policies as well as basic research in their countries.

So we would like to know whether you as a user, librarian, or other stakeholder have successfully advocated “upstream” for support for the research enterprise in your particular institution or country.

  • Have you been successful in efforts to make increased resources available, either in the form of funding for the conducting of research, funding for acquiring access to critical journals, books, or databases, or for improving the quality and quantity of the technological infrastructure and equipment provision in your institution?
  • More challengingly have you ever been able to advocate for a more evidence based local or national government policy based on external research to which you have had access or indeed research which you yourself have carried out?

If you can answer “Yes” to any of these questions, why not enter our new competition. It is designed to highlight and honour examples of successful advocacy in support of improving research capacity within your institution or country or the deployment of research results to achieve evidence based policy development at either local or national level.

Eligibility: The competition is open to all researchers, practitioners, librarians and library staff whose institution is either a registered user of one of the Research4Life programmes – Hinari, AGORA, OARE and ARDI – or who have access to online journals or books as a result of deals intermediated via INASP.

Deadline:  September 30th 2016

Judges:  Case studies will be reviewed by a committee of distinguished international partners from the INASP and Research4Life communities.

Prizes: Elsevier will provide the winner with a travel grant to the 2017 Publishers for Development conference in the U.K, SAGE Publishing has offered a one year subscription to a major reference work and Taylor & Francis will provide an honourable mention award.

Submissions: Click here to submit your entry.

For more information send an email to

This competition is kindly supported by:







INASP y Research4Life: concurso para la promoción de la investigación

En las últimas dos décadas, INASP y Research4Life han trabajado para cerrar la brecha existente entre países desarrollados y en vías de desarrollo, ofreciendo acceso en línea gratuito o a bajo costo a contenidos académico, científico y profesional revisado por pares. Además, han trabajado facilitando la capacitación necesaria para el apoyo a investigadores, profesionales, bibliotecarios y autores para la construcción de ecosistemas de investigación viables.

Con el fin de resaltar el papel fundamental que juegan los médicos, investigadores, bibliotecarios y tomadores de decisiones en el apoyo a la investigación en sus instituciones y países, hemos unido esfuerzos con INASP para lanzar el concurso “Research4Life/INASP: Promoción de la Investigación”. El concurso convoca estudios de caso que demuestren cómo los usuarios han logrado superar obstáculos para estimular un apoyo crítico al liderazgo de los recursos de información e infraestructura necesarios para mejorar la atención de salud basada en la evidencia, la agricultura y políticas ambientales, así como para la investigación básica en sus países.

Nos gustaría saber si, como usuario, bibliotecario u otro tipo de participación, ha impulsado con éxito estrategias de apoyo a la investigación en su país o en su institución.

  • ¿Ha tenido éxito en sus esfuerzos para incrementar el número de recursos disponibles, ya sea en forma de presupuesto para el desarrollo de la investigación, o de fondos para la adquisición de suscripciones a revistas científicas o bases de datos en línea, o bien para mejorar la calidad de la infraestructura y equipamiento tecnológico disponible en su institución?
  • ¿Alguna vez ha sido capaz de abogar por políticas a nivel local o nacional basadas en evidencia a través de investigaciones a las que ha tenido acceso o por medio de investigaciones que usted mismo ha llevado a cabo?

Si puede responder a cualquiera de estas preguntas, este concurso es para usted.

El concurso ha sido diseñado para resaltar y rendir homenaje a aquellos ejemplos exitosos en el apoyo para mejorar la capacidad de investigación dentro de su institución o país o la difusión de resultados de investigaciones para lograr el desarrollo de políticas basadas en la evidencia, ya sea a nivel local o nacional.

Elegibilidad: El concurso está abierto a todos los investigadores, profesionales, bibliotecarios y personal de biblioteca cuya institución se encuentre inscrita en uno de los programas de Research4Life – Hinari, AGORA, OARE y ARDI – o que cuente con acceso a recursos de información a través de la colaboración con INASP.

Research4Life: Países elegibles

INASP: Países elegibles

Fecha límite: 30 de septiembre de 2016

Jurado: Los estudios de caso serán revisados por un comité internacional de asociados de las comunidades de INASP y Research4Life.

Premios: Elsevier proporcionará al ganador una beca de viaje para asistir a la conferencia “Publishers for Development” a realizarse en el Reino Unido. Adicionalmente, SAGE Publishing ha ofrecido un año de suscripción a una obra de referencia. Igualmente, Taylor &Francis proporcionará una mención honorable.

Inscripciones: Haga clic aquí para enviar su inscripción. Sólo se reciben inscripciones en Inglés

Para mayor información puede enviar un correo electrónico a:

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En español: Lo que debes saber acerca de Research4Life

14th June 2016

Si usted es un investigador, bibliotecario, médico o estudiante en un país en vía de desarrollo, este post le informará lo que debe saber acerca de Research4Life.

¿Qué es Research4Life?

  • Research4Life es el nombre colectivo de cuatro socios público-privados que tienen como objetivo contribuir al logro de los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio de Naciones Unidas proporcionando al mundo en desarrollo acceso a la investigación científica fundamental.
  • Research4Life brinda a las universidades, escuelas superiores, institutos de investigación, instituciones gubernamentales, así como a organismos no gubernamentales nacionales, centros de extensión agrícola y hospitales docentes acceso a conocimiento científico que nunca antes imaginaron.
  • Desde 2002, los cuatro programas de Research4Life (Hinari, AGORA, OARE y ARDI) han dado al personal de 8000 instituciones en más de 100 países, territorios y áreas en el mundo en desarrollo, acceso gratuito o a bajo costo a más de 69,000 revistas científicas internacionales revisadas por pares, libros y bases de datos proporcionadas por las editoriales científicas líderes en el mundo.

R4L_numbers_2016_all-02¿Qué se encuentra disponible?

  • Acceso en línea a más de 69,000 revistas científicas internacionales revisadas por pares, libros y bases de datos.
  • Artículos a texto completo que pueden ser descargados para guardar, imprimir o leer en pantalla.
  • Búsquedas por palabras clave, tema, autor o idioma.
  • Recursos disponibles en varios idiomas.
  • Capacitación en alfabetización informacional y apoyo para la difusión.

¿Quiénes pueden acceder al programa?

Las instituciones sin ánimo de lucro financiadas con fondos públicos en la mayoría de países con ingresos bajos, son elegibles para inscribirse y tener acceso al contenido de Research4Life.

Una lista detallada de los países se encuentra disponible en:

¿Cómo registrarse?

Una guía para inscripción en español se encuentra disponible en:

¿Cuáles son los programas que conforman Research4Life?

hinari-01Hinari: Gestionada por la Organización Mundial de la Salud en alianza con la Biblioteca de la Universidad de Yale y más de 150 editoriales. HINARI proporciona acceso a más de 14000 revistas revisadas por pares cubriendo los temas de medicina, enfermería y ciencias relacionadas con la salud y ciencias sociales. También incluye muchas bases de datos, índices y libros de referencia, así como revistas en varios idiomas. Se puede buscar en las revistas a través de una versión especial de PubMed.

Para mayor información: e-mail

agora-01AGORA: Gestionada por la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Agricultura y la Alimentación en alianza con la Universidad de Cornell y más de 80 editoriales.  AGORA proporciona acceso a más de 6100 revistas internacionales de alta calidad cubriendo los temas de agricultura, pesca, alimentación, nutrición, ciencias veterinarias y ciencias relacionadas con la biología, medio ambiente y sociales.

Para mayor información:  e-mail

oare-01OARE: Gestionada por el Programa de Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente (PNUMA) en alianza con la Universidad de Yale y más de 75 editoriales. OARE proporciona acceso a más de 10,000 revistas científicas incluyendo temas de toxicología medioambiental y contaminación, zoología, botánica, geología, climatología, geografía, economía medioambiental, leyes y políticas medioambientales, biotecnología medioambiental, energía y muchas otras disciplinas.

Para mayor información:  e-mail

ardi-01ARDIGestionada por la Organización Mundial de la Propiedad Intelectual y sus socios en la industria editorial con el objetivo de incrementar la disponibilidad de la información científica y técnica de los países en desarrollo. El programa ARDI se propone reforzar la capacidad de los países en desarrollo para participar en la economía global del conocimiento. Además, apoyar a los investigadores de países en desarrollo en la creación y desarrollo de nuevas soluciones para enfrentar desafíos técnicos a nivel local y global.

Para mayor información:  e-mail

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Interview with Chenjerai Mabhiza about the Forum on Open Data, Open Science and Open Access to Information in Agriculture

7th June 2016

Interview with Chenjerai Mabhiza, Head of User Services at the University of Namibia

Namibia_workshop1Following the forum on Open science and Open Data in Agriculture in Namibia in April, we caught up with Chenjerai Mabhiza – Head of User Services at the University of Namibia (UNAM). Part of his role is to help ensure that the library is the digital-backbone of research across campuses, ensuring smooth information flow between resources and students

Namibia_workshop2Compliments to you Chenjerai (see left) for your work in helping to organize the recent Forum. That must have involved a lot of work behind the scenes….

Thank you for the welcome remarks and yes, there was a lot of work behind the scenes. At the end of January 2016 I gladly accepted the ITOCA’s request to be the logistical organizer of the Forum on Open Data, Open Science and Open Access to Information in Agriculture in the Context of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). An AGORA Training Workshop followed at the University of Namibia (UNAM), 19-20 April 2016.

On a logistical front I helped find the venues and made bookings for both the Forum (FODUSA) and the AGORA Training workshop. I also identified public institutions and individuals that could participate at both events, organized caterers for the AGORA workshop and transport for the forum and workshop facilitators.

In addition, my role included compiling a report to cover both the FODUSA and the AGORA workshop. I am still busy compiling the joint final report for both (forum and workshop) as I respond to your interview questions….    

Senior-level panelists spoke at length on an array of topics about open data and open science in agricultural research. But at a policy level what did you take away from the Forum, and how do you see the outcomes being relevant to UNAM?

The opening statements highlighted the importance of science research. They addressed national priorities and needs and their contribution towards the realization of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially those related to ending hunger, poverty alleviation, gender equality, climate change and health. The importance of easy access to information, and the need for access to knowledge to support national priorities and SDGs was also noted.

Namibia_workshop3The first plenary session
presentations and discussions looked at research and innovation in support of national development goals and SDGs.

The second plenary session discussed initiatives on data and technical information sharing and dissemination using open data and open science for the realization of the aforementioned SDGs.  It also highlighted the need for access to data and information, including institutional and national policy implications.

The closing session summarized the major outputs from the panel discussions and resolved to enhance knowledge sharing and advocacy on open data and open science.

Specifically, the Forum resolved that Namibia must create a National Steering Committee on Open Data and Open Science (OD/ OS) and mandated the Namibia Commission for Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) to coordinate the committee.

The representative at the Forum informed the meeting that the NCRST was in the process of formulating a Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policy. The Forum advised the NCRST to incorporate issues pertaining to Open Access and sharing of research data in the STI policy.

In order to successfully champion the cause, the Namibia National Steering Committee on Open Data, Open Science, Agriculture Research and Development must engage a range of institutions (*see list at end).


How widely is AGORA promoted and used at UNAM?

Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) is promoted during information literacy (IL) training sessions, carried out by librarians. IL training for students takes place throughout the year and during academic orientation for teaching and research staff. IL training for postgraduate students takes place during faculty seminars, during academic 1st year orientation, and upon request.

AGORA is mostly used by students and lecturers from the Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR) and the Faculty of Science. A few nursing science, education and humanities students have also found AGORA relevant to their research focus areas in recent years.

What about other agricultural research resources?

Agriculture research information is available online through theses and dissertations, research reports, and platforms and databases such as, AGORA, OARE, Google Scholar, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) EBSCO HOST, JSTOR, AGRIS, TEEAL and Science Direct, among others.

Agriculture students have access to all the above resources through the Library website. UNAM students also access agriculture information through organizational websites: FAO, OIE, CTA, SADC FANR, CARDESA, FARA, and Farmers` Unions, etc.

And e-learning?

UNAM promotes e-learning through the Centre for Open and Distance Learning. Lecturers can deposit lecture notes on student portals through the Moodle E-Learning platform; lecturers can also assess students on-screen. The Web is also awash with free online tutorials on various disciplines, including agriculture.

The majority of UNAM students have access to new technologies, but the onus is upon them to continue learning after obtaining their degrees and also apply these skills at work. After UNAM, Namibian graduates can also pursue postgraduate studies online through other agriculture universities globally. 

As Head of User Services at UNAM you have a great vantage point on how students access research.  During your time at UNAM how have you seen user-services improve and innovate in line with better access to research?

In 2012 I helped to carry out a study to identify resources required by academics at UNAM.  Subscription databases such as, Hein Online and Cambridge Law Reports were added in 2015 following accreditation of the LLB programme.

In addition to AGORA and HINARI, OARE was also added to the Research4Life programmes that UNAM has access to.

JSTOR was added in 2012. Connectivity to Open Access resources, such as Google Scholar, Biomed Central, DOAJ, DOAB, Free Books4Doctors, among others was established and the above resources are accessible through the UNAM Library website.

Following a 2007 User Survey Report (after student complaints and demonstrations) more student PCs were acquired, a new ICT Student Help Desk was introduced, Internet bandwidth increased, and wifi installed inside and around libraries, among other improvements, (although internet connectivity remains poor at some UNAM campuses, especially further from Windhoek).

Cumulatively, the above library developments have enabled students and researchers based at various UNAM campuses to access research information online.

I conducted an evaluation in 2009 that helped to identify gaps among existing library collections (journals and textbooks). Some of the identified e-journal databases that have been added to the UNAM Library subscriptions list include, Emerald (2011), Science Direct (2011), Sage (2012), and Taylor & Francis (2012).

You’re an active member of Open Access week – how is OA promoted at UNAM and what benefits do you see for students?

UNAM`s position on participating in open access programmes is articulated in the Scholarly Communications (SC) Policy approved by Senate in 2013.

UNAM strives to make the products of all publicly funded research freely accessible to the global community of researchers through the UNAM Institutional Repository (IR administered by the library).

In the event where the authors are not funded by the institution or government, and their works are disseminated through subscription based journals, databases, etc., the SC policy advises UNAM academicians/ researchers to negotiate their right to deposit/publish pre-prints through the IR whenever possible.

Through funding from the University`s Research Office, the institution supports researchers seeking to publish their peer reviewed works through accredited Open Access journals.

Meanwhile, electronic copies of all Master degree theses and Phd dissertations done through the University of Namibia (UNAM) are published on the Institutional Repository (IR). For example, a copy of my thesis defended on 15 March 2016 is accessible @

Lastly, what’s next on your agenda, particularly in terms of open access to data and science?

I’m a member of the UNAM Scholarly Communications Committee (SCC: formerly Task Force). One of the recommendations of both the Task Force and the SCC is that the institution must become a signatory of one of the Open Access declarations, such as the Vienna or Berlin Declaration(s).

I also agree with the AGORA workshop recommendation of UNAM becoming a member of the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR).

The UNAM Library`s ICT and Training Librarian has just returned from a 3-week digitization (D-Space) training trip in Poland, Czech Republic and Switzerland, where the UNAM Institutional Repository (IR) featured greatly. During the trip UNAM was offered an opportunity to participate in a different local open access and digitization initiative coordinated by the National Archives of Namibia and the National University of Science and Technology (NUST, formerly Polytechnic of Namibia).

A summary of the project is presented below:

Digital Namibian Archive:

*: University of Namibia (UNAM), Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) International University of Management (IUM), National Commission on Research Science and Technology (NCRST), International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Ministries/ Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN) departments, such as, Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF), Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), Ministry of Fisheries, Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), National Planning Commission (NPC), Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA), Ministry of Information Commission Technology (ICT), Directorate Namibia Library and Archives Services (NLAS; National Library of Namibia is part of NLAS), Ministry of Education, Farmers Unions (Namibia Farmers Union (NFU), and Commercial Farmers Union (CFU), and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

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En Español: Tips para mejorar la redacción de artículos científicos

12th April 2016

Presentar los resultados de un estudio en una revista científica es un proceso común de todos los investigadores en las distintas disciplinas. Sin embargo, muchos artículos científicos no logran comunicar los resultados de una investigación de manera efectiva. Algunos de los errores comunes al redactar artículos incluyen usar una jerga complicada, describir demasiados detalles innecesarios y escribir para colegas altamente especializados en lugar de una audiencia variada.

Los artículos científicos eficaces son útiles para una audiencia amplia, que incluya científicos de otros campos. Esta infografía presenta tips para ayudarte a escribir mejores artículos científicos.

Quieres obtener más información acerca de entrenamiento en habilidades de autoría? visita nuestro Training Portal o suscríbete a nuestro Newsflash con noticias actualizadas acerca de los distintos programas de Research4Life.

Escritura científica-01

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Publisher of the Month: SAGE

5th April 2016

We are back with our Publisher of the Month section and this time the turn is for SAGE Publishing.

SAGE PublishingPublisher SAGE is an active publishing partner in the Research4Life network, closely aligned and committed to supporting the partnership’s mission to provide access and dissemination of research information to libraries and researchers in the developing world.

Sara Miller McCune founded SAGE in 1965 to support the dissemination of usable knowledge and educate a global community. Just over 50 years later, SAGE has become one of the world leading publishers for the social sciences with a growing portfolio of journals within the sciences, technology and medical disciplines and a rapidly growing selection of library products including archives, data, case studies and video.

Publisher Sage

“Library Value in the Developing World ” by SAGE

Central to SAGE’s mission since its founding has been a focus on a communities firmly believing that access to education creates healthy minds and cultures. This ethos sits at the heart of SAGE’s approach to both publishing and SAGE’s engagement with the community.


Through Research4Life and its programmes, users in eligible countries can access nearly 900 journals from SAGE. In addition to access, SAGE also maintains an active relationship with various organisations to support both original research and training opportunities. SAGE has produced a series of white papers looking at the challenges faced by librarians in the developing world and as a result of this research provided training and support workshops to participating institutions.


SAGE Publishing is proud to be a long term participant in and supporter of Research4Life.  SAGE was founded with the mission to support the dissemination of knowledge, and a strong belief that knowledge knows no frontiers. Research4Life, and the four programmes that it encompasses, provide integral support, training and access to high quality scholarly content for developing countries. Through Research4Life, researchers and students in developing nations have access to many of the world’s leading sources for science, knowledge and research. As a collaborative project between development agencies, universities and scholarly publishers, it is a great example of how research and development can be advanced by the joint efforts of the academic and publishing communities.  We look forward to continuing to be a part of this outreach by facilitating greater access and engagement with a wide range of scholarly and educational resources, supporting the sustainable development of these countries as academic centres in their own right.

Stephen Barr, President, SAGE International

Further information on SAGE Publishing’s Developing Countries Programme

Alongside SAGE’s partnership with Research4Life, the publisher is also closely aligned with several another developing world initiatives including; International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP), and the eIFL Foundation. Most recently, the SAGE Premier Collection of journals was made available free of charge to Angola, Armenia, Cameroon, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Mali, Mongolia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, Uzbekistan.

For more information about SAGE’s partnership with any of these schemes please get in touch with Marianne Gill (

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Elsevier provides free online training platform for researchers

30th March 2016

Publishing Campus is a new platform with free online lectures, interactive training courses and expert advice.

Where should you go to get advice on applying for grants, planning your career or improving your publishing skills?

Elsevier launched the Elsevier Publishing Campus in 2015 to provide researchers all over the world with free access to valuable training. Divided into six colleges, the Campus offers online lectures, interactive training materials, videos and expert advice on a wide range of topics. For every online lecture or interactive course completed, researchers are awarded an Elsevier certificate.

The College of Skills Training – the biggest and most widely used of the colleges – covers the whole academic publishing process. This college provides in-depth information and training on how to write, structure and submit a great article and improve your chances of getting published. Key subjects such as ethics, author rights and open access options are included. Advice on successful grant writing can be looked up in the research funding section. The peer-review process, essential to improve the quality of articles, is also explained in detail – training not only includes how authors can work with reviewers’ comments, but courses on how to become good peer reviewers themselves.

Screen Shot 2016-03-30 at 8.09.31 AMEspecially interesting for the Research4Life partnership might be the Getting noticed resources as to have their article stand out is the goal of every author. Several courses, guides and videos describe how you can increase awareness of your article or book.

Researchers can also visit the College of Research Solutions for a list of tools available to support their research, or the College of Networking for starting points on how to build their networks and take the next step in a successful publishing career, with advice on online and face-to-face networking, and tips on how to get noticed.

All the resources you need to support you through the publishing process are available on the Elsevier Publishing Campus after signing up for free on the website.

Research4Life also offers general training material about the Partnership, Reference Management Tools, Authorship Skills and Program Specific Training on HINARI, AGORA, OARE and ARDI.

About the author

Maike Kunz

Maike Kunz is a Corporate Responsibility intern for the Elsevier Foundation. She has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology at Mannheim University and is currently finishing her master’s degree in Sociology at Heidelberg University in Germany.

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Research4Life Webinar Series

10th March 2016

We are pleased to announce the webinar series “Research4Life: the library that opens doors”. In collaboration with AIMS, the series of webinars will illustrate how Research4Life works, how it is constructed and who can join the partnership. It will briefly present the four Research4Life programs Hinari, AGORA, OARE and ARDI that provide access to the aforementioned research areas. Furthermore it will give an overview about free training provided on the website about authorship skills reference management tools etc. and provide examples of how Research4Life could make a difference for many research institutions already.

The webinar is open for librarians, researchers, decision makers, students, and other interested people. It will be presented in English, Spanish and French.


*Use Time Converter to calculate the time difference between your location and Rome, Italy

How to join

The session is open to anyone but places are limited. If you are interested to attend the webinar, send an e-mail to, containing the following information:

  • your name
  • your affiliation
  • your e-mail
  • your country

System requirements

Once you have requested to attend the webinar, you will receive an e-mail confirming your place with an URL access. Make sure that:

  • you have good internet connection
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9, 10; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 10.3. If in doubt, go to Checking system requirements of the web conferencing programme Adobe Connect.
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Training Tip: Effective reading and writing

4th March 2016

Did you skim-read that scientific paper adequately? Does your writing draw conclusions and link concepts clearly enough for your reader? 


Low and behold, not all scientists are natural writers.

In fact one of the issues that researchers often find themselves up against is how to boil down their complex findings into an engaging roadmap that isn’t top-heavy with specialized terms and jargon.

With writing, this means knowing where to trim the fat, while leaving the crux of your argument intact. It also means being able to effectively read and write scientific papers; to compile web bibliographies, and more crucially, being aware of copyright laws.

Research4Life’s Authorship Skills training course covers all of the above and more. 

The ten-module course on the Research4Life training portal takes around 5-7 hours to complete. It guides you through the entire process of publishing research, via a series of readings, activities, group discussions and assignments, which check your level of understanding as you go along.

Not only does it give you a real sense of the architecture of good writing and scientific reporting, it’s a practical resource that you can flick back to throughout your research.

R4L’s Authorship Skills training contains the following modules:

  • Effectively reading scientific papers
  • Effectively writing scientific papers
  • Strategies for effective writing
  • Intellectual property
  • Web bibliographies
  • FAQs (this last section is based on the questions from a librarian in a low-income country and is used as a basis for some lively discussion groups.

Other R4L training courses

Research4Life is the umbrella name for a quartet of core programmes – AGORA, HINARI, OARE and ARDI, which provide developing countries with free or low cost access to research.

Being able to navigate R4L’s programmes effectively is the key to getting the best out of it. As well as Authorships Skills training, R4L offers four other training courses for anyone using its core programmes, including a module on the differences between the four entities (handy if you’re new to R4L).

In addition, the R4L training portal features a course on “Other Resources”. This gives you an insight into marketing and managing change strategies for R4L materials, as well as resources on information literacy.

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HINARI/Research4Life training workshop in Suva, Fiji

27th January 2016

Highlights from the Research4Life on-site trainings in the Western Pacific Region. 


A five day Research4Life/HINARI “Training the Trainer” workshop was conducted last November for the first time in Suva, Fiji. This unique workshop gathered participants from eight different countries in the Western Pacific Region.

The workshop was supported by the Division of Pacific Technical Support (DPS) of the Regional Office of the Western Pacific and Librarians Without Borders®/Medical Library Association (LWB), a close partner of the Research4Life partnership.

During the five day workshop, participants learned the critical skills of the HINARI programme in order to be able to conduct training to the various target groups in their respective countries. A key component of this workshop included the development of a viable marketing plan for each of the countries where the participants work.

IMG_7190The workshop covered an extensive amount of information over five days. Through group exercises and training program scenarios, different modules were presented by our Master Trainer Lenny Rhine, in topics such as access to information resources, the HINARI portal, authorship skills and reference management tools. The workshop also included a marketing module where participants began to develop plans for the follow-up training in their home countries. Each individual completed a country-wide marketing plan so the knowledge learned could be effectively transferred in the future.


Are you a librarian planning a Research4Life workshop in your home institution? We can offer support with training and marketing material.

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African researchers learn how to get their message to a global audience

21st January 2016

TReND organized a course on Science Communication and Writing for young African researchers.

“All forms of science require expertise in scientific communication, with publishing of manuscripts being just one communication aspect.” says Dr Andrew Beale, the Malawi and Mozambique Contact for TReND in Africa. Andrew volunteers for TReND since he and his wife moved from the UK to Mozambique in 2013. He noticed African early career researchers have difficulties in communicating their scientific research. Therefore, as part of TReND’s educational program, he organized a course on Science Communication and Writing at Chancellor College, University of Malawi.

5TReND in Africa” (Teaching and Research in Neuroscience for Development) is a higher education charity dedicated to improving university level science education and research in sub-Saharan Africa. Their mission statement is: STOP the Brain-drain! TReND is run by a small group of young research scientists worldwide and seeks to foster scientific excellence and collaboration in the region through organizing courses for young African scientists, mostly on the topic of neuroscience, but also in other academic fields. Moreover, TReND promotes and coordinates the collection of monetary and equipment donations towards the establishment of permanent research facilities at Africa’s top universities.

1Sixteen young scientists from six African countries including Malawi, Nigeria, Kenya, Senegal, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe participated in the Science Communication and Writing course organized by TReND. For most of the foreign participants it was their first time visiting Malawi. Especially the researchers from Nigeria travelled a very long way, more than 6000km(!). All course participants were warmly welcomed by Chancellor College and the college showed them the college itself, the country and bits of Malawian culture.

The early career scientists travelled this long way to learn about scientific communication in the broadest sense of the word. The aim of the course was to enable the scientists to reach out to the broadest audience with their research, not only by strong journal publications but through skills to communicate with the public, the press and policyholders as well.


Working together on a feature article

With this broad scope intended by the course, fitting all the training material into the available time was a major challenge. Dr Andrew Beale didn’t want to let the young scientists go home without covering the intended content, so he looked for creative solutions. Andrew: “The ‘three minute thesis’ presentations were held and filmed and the videos were given to each of the participants. Unfortunately, due to a lack of time, we couldn’t give detailed feedback anymore. However, this deficiency can be addressed since I have the videos of the talks and gave feedback via e-mail to each participant directly”.

The course consisted of two parts. The first part focused on the scientific manuscript and publication process, while the second part, let by the Training Centre in Communication, considered the broader aspects of scientific communication using interactive training methods. During this week the young scientists participated in lots of activities ranging from writing abstracts for academic papers to discussing Research4Life materials. From designing posters to learning how to use AuthorAID, and from policy panel role play to posting articles with a catching narrative on the course blog.

3One of the Kenyan participants attended a conference the next week, where she was awarded with the 3rd place in poster presentations. This poster was partly made during the course and she stated: “The skills I learnt during the exercises on posters and feature articles equipped me to design this successful poster.” Another, Nigerian, participant stated: “I have two international conferences coming up and I am really looking forward to use what I learned in this course on these conferences.”

The course also helped the young scientists to build international relationships, what even resulted in planning a collaborative article. All participants were at a similar stage in their research careers and had similar interests. The interactive exercises and the space for conversations during breaks forged very strong relationships. On the penultimate evening the participants held a meeting where they planned on surveying colleagues in their home countries on the challenges faced by African researchers in the area of science communication.

The Science Communication and Writing course was held from the 7th to the 12th of September, 2015 and was funded by the Elsevier Foundation with contributions from Sunbird Malawi, and crowdfunding via Indiegogo and Mendeley.

For more information about Research4Life trainings and workshops visit our Training Portal.


About the author

Josina Leguit

4Josina Leguit is a Corporate Responsibility intern for the Elsevier Foundation. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communication Science and is currently finishing her master’s degree in International Development Studies at Wageningen University in the Netherlands.

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Research4Life to partner with DOAJ to ensure the inclusion of quality open-access journals

23rd November 2015

DOAJ-03Research4Life and DOAJ announced today a working partnership that will help to ensure that the users of Research4Life will have access to the largest possible array of open access journals from publishers following a quality standard. The partnership will also help highlight the importance of peer reviewed open access material. The partnership reinforces the work that both organizations are already doing, and creates useful new synergies.

DOAJ is a white list of open access journals which seeks to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals, thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. The DOAJ aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content.

For some time now, the content team at Reasearch4Life, coordinated by Kimberly Parker of the World Health Organization, has seen an increasing amount of requests from open access publishers, particularly in the developing world, wanting to have their content included in the Research4Life programme portals which reach 8000 institutions spread over 100 low- and middle-income countries. The Research4Life team performs some basic checks on what content is included into its database and they are already sifting these applications to establish legitimate journals – work which has synergy with what DOAJ is doing in this area. Kimberly said: “We were already using DOAJ listings as a touchstone in assessing conformance with publishing standards; however, we hadn’t formalized the approach. In particular, we were not recommending that the publishers we turned away should review the DOAJ application requirements and work to fulfil them.”

DOAJ has built an expertise over more than eleven years in assessing and identifying quality, genuine open access journals, developing extensive criteria aimed at promoting best practice and transparency in academic publishing. Those criteria form the basis of the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing, a statement first published in 2013 and now widely used as a benchmark for quality, peer reviewed publishing.

The partnership between Research4Life and DOAJ will include the following activities.

  • From December 2015, Research4Life will only include new open access journals that are indexed in DOAJ. Journals requesting to be included in the Research4Life programmes must be indexed in DOAJ first. Over the coming year, the legacy open access journals in the Research4Life database will also be reviewed to confirm they are indexed by DOAJ.
  • Research4Life and DOAJ will collaborate on communicating with publishers not indexed in DOAJ referring them to the DOAJ application form.
  • Research4Life will highlight the DOAJ Best Practice statement for authors from the developing world to encourage them to consider publishing standards when selecting a journal for their publications.

Richard Gedye, Chair of Research4Life’s Executive Council, said:

I am happy that Research4Life can partner with DOAJ to ensure that high quality open access titles, particularly from the developing world, gain exposure through the Research4Life programmes. This is a wonderful opportunity to play to the strengths of both organizations.
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Research4Life Training: An Overview of the Past Year

29th July 2015

To make the best use of the Research4Life resources, training is one of the key and most important activities that our partners and programmes are committed to offer to our users. During the year thousands of librarians and researchers make use of our training material around the globe.

Research4Life offers long-term support on the use of the HINARI, AGORAOARE and ARDI online platforms, Reference Management Tools and also training on how to write, read and publish research papers. Training workshops and courses are offered online via our Training Portal, Programme Portals and ITOCA Moodle Platform, but users can also attend National Training Workshops in different countries. Most of the Training workshops are hosted and funded by partner organizations and universities, and others are directly funded by Research4Life.

The following map presents an overview of the National Training Workshops conducted during the past year. This map is a comprehensive overview of the workshops notified to the Training Team, if you or your organization hosted a Research4Life workshop during the past year, and it is not on the map, please let us now by sending an email to:

Are you joining a Research4Life workshop in the future? would you like to follow an online workshop? stay tuned for upcoming training!

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About the author

Natalia Rodriguez

Natalia Rodriguez

Natalia Rodriguez @rodrigueznats is the Communications Coordinator for Research4Life. She works with different organisations finding innovative ways to communicate science and development.

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Publisher of the Month: JoMI

16th July 2015

The Journal of Medical Insight (JoMI), is Research4Life’s new publisher of the month. The Boston-based journal publishes surgical video articles filmed at top U.S. hospitals. Although only 2 years old, JoMI is growing quickly with 30 released articles and a dozen slated for release in the coming month. JoMI has recently join HINARI to offer its content and registered institutions will be able to access this unique resource.

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Comprehensive Educational Experience
JoMI video articles allow surgeons at every step of their training and practice to take control of their education. JoMI increases surgical exposure by providing subscribers access to best-in-class surgical videos which also offer the highest caliber of didactic content. Every video is fully narrated by the surgeon and includes an accompanying write-up of the case. Procedures are divided into their component parts so that viewers can easily navigate. Furthermore, each article includes animated visualisations of the surgery to facilitate understanding of the underlying anatomy and techniques used.

Bridging the Low-Volume / High-Volume Outcome Gap
Given the correlation between volume of surgeries performed and patient outcomes, JoMI is dedicated to trying to improve outcomes for low-volume surgeons and hospitals. JoMI provides visual, intellectual and emotional exposure to surgeries. The skills a high-volume surgeon gains from live surgeries are not merely fine-motor. They also gain an overall familiarity with the techniques required, possible complications and how to deal with various pathologies. JoMI provides a way for low-volume surgeons to develop these skills as a part of continuing medical education, which we believe can help bridge the outcome gap.

Diverse Surgical Specialties
JoMI currently specializes in orthopaedics and general surgery but is expanding its focus to ophthalmology, vascular surgery and neurosurgery as well. JoMI is also developing a Fundamentals series where surgeons teach surgical techniques both basic and advanced.

Recently Released

The full index of JoMI articles is available here.

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Publisher of the Month: Brill

22nd June 2015

BrillBrill publisher logo is an active participating publishing partner in the Research4Life network. The global academic publisher in the Humanities, Social Sciences, International Law and Biology traces its history back to the 17th century Netherlands and the university town of Leiden. The academic community has always been at the heart of its publishing activities. They are a key partner of academic institutions and their authors and editors come from all over of the world. They strongly believe that operating on a global scale requires that they also give something back to the academic community, particularly in developing countries. Research4Life is a key partner in Brill’s Developing Countries Program.

Participation in Research4Life

Brill publisher

Author Workshops organized by Brill

Brill participates in Research4Life by providing access to many of its 235 journals and engaging with the academic and library community through author workshops that introduce Research4Life and its resources.

New Programme Initiative on Law

The current four Research4Life programmes focus on different areas in STM. With a strong programme in International Law and Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Brill is rallying support for a new programme to be set up under Research4Life dubbed: Global Online Access to Legal Information (GOALI). The new programme would aim at providing access to legal information, with a specific focus on the areas of international law, human rights and rule of law.

Research4Life a Unique Network

Mrs Liesbeth Kanis, Business Development Manager Asia at Brill, who is also Member of the Executive Council of Research4Life, says the following about the collaboration with Research4Life:

“Research4Life is a unique private-public partnership that has evolved over the years through the dedicated commitment of strong individuals at both the participating academic libraries, the UN entities and the publishers at large. With the new development framework for 2030 on its way, there are many opportunities for Research4Life to contribute in a very concrete way to strengthen research capacity in developing countries. Brill fully supports this and hopes to contribute in its own way to the sustainable development of these countries to become knowledge-based and research output societies in their own right.”

About Brills Developing Countries Program

Brill also participates in existing Developing Countries Programs such as INASP, The Association of Common Wealth Universities and Publishers for Development. For more information on Brill’s participation in Research4Life or its Developing Countries Program contact: Liesbeh Kanis (

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National Research4Life Workshop: HINARI Training in Georgia

17th June 2015

Lenny Rhine (far right), Research4Life trainer, with the workshop attendants.

Sponsored by the World Health Organisation and Librarians Without Borders, a three day ‘HINARI Train the Trainers’ workshop was held last April in Tbilisi, Georgia. A total of 25 participants completed the course. Attendants included a mix of physicians/clinicians, researchers, librarians, IT staff and students from different Universities, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and research centres or institutes.

The 1st day of the program focused on Internet searching, the HINARI portal, plus an overview of the HINARI and Research4Life training portals. During the second day, topics included E-book resources for HINARI users, evidence-based practice resources and a Marketing HINARI. The final day began with a brief overview of the WHO EURO resources. It then focused on the reference management softwares and authorship skills (how to read and write a scientific paper, plagiarism, web-bibliography – Internet resources).

For more information about Research4Life trainings and workshops visit our Training Portal.

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Access to online resources is transforming health and environmental research

15th May 2015


In 2007, when he first joined Makerere University in Uganda as an agricultural librarian trainee, Onan Mulumba spent most of his time re-shelving books. Now he accesses thousands of online journals, books and databases to help farmers deal with pest infestations and plant diseases.

Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 11.17.23“The (farmers) want an immediate solution because the new crop pests in Uganda are very destructive,” he said. “We can now search the databases to get the knowledge they need.”

The transformation to electronic resources in libraries is part of Research4Life, a UNEP-supported programme whose origins date back to 2000. Studies of research productivity in Canadian, British and American universities have found that productivity is related significantly to access to information resources. Yet 15 years ago, large portions of the world did not have access to the knowledge contained in international scientific publications.

In 2000, the World Health Organization (WHO) found that 56 per cent of institutions in 75 of the world’s low-income countries—those with annual per capita gross national product (GNP) of under US$1,000—had had no journal subscriptions for the previous five years; 34 per cent of institutions in countries with an annual per capita GNP of US$1,000-3,000 had had no subscriptions for five years; and another 34 per cent averaged only two subscriptions over the past five years. read more

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