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Call for Applications for the AGORA Online Course is now Open

27th September 2017

AGORA Team is pleased to offer an online course for AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture), one of the four programmes of Research4Life.
This online course is provided by the Partnerships and South-South Cooperation Division (DPS) at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) in collaboration with Research4Life and
 is entitled :  


Fundamentals of Information Literacy and Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture

Anyone working or studying in agricultural and related sciences can apply for the course. Priority is given to anyone from Research4Life eligible countries, Group A and Group B respectively.

ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM is open until 8 October 2017, Sunday 23:00 CEST.

The goal of this Course …

… is to enhance agricultural research in developing countries by supporting access to peer-reviewed literature in the fields of food, agriculture, environmental science and related social sciences. It is designed specifically to serve the needs of researchers, academics, research officers, librarians, IT specialists, other practitioners and students.

The course aims to provide information about the fundamentals of information literacy competencies and develop necessary skills to access and effectively use AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture) which is a collection of up to 6,500 key journals and up to 22,000 books to more than 3,000 institutions in more than 115 countries.

The Course targets …

… researchers, academics, research officers, librarians, IT specialists, other practitioners and students from AGORA eligible institutions in eligible countries. Anyone working or studying in agricultural and related sciences can apply for the course. Priority is given to anyone from Research4Life eligible countries, Group A and Group B respectively.

The Course will run …

… from 23 October to 5 November 2017. At the end of the course, participants attending the course will be able to:

  • Identify and evaluate information sources, develop search strategy, familiarize with search techniques
  • Understand ethical considerations in academia, gain skills in citing and referencing
  • Obtain deep knowledge about institutional framework of AGORA and Research4Life programmes, registration process for AGORA and terms of use.
  • Access and search AGORA content effectively including browsing collections, applying advanced search techniques, using discovery service and bibliometric analytical tool.

For more information and other details, please see the Course web page.

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Join the Webinar! Literature Research on Nutrition – Browsing AGORA

12th April 2017

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We are pleased to announce three upcoming webinars in English, French and Spanish about how AGORA can be browsed to facilitate information searching in the area of nutrition research. 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, 9,000), datasets and e- books (to date, 23,000) in agriculture and related biological, environmental, social and other research domains.

The upcoming webinar will present AGORA’s searching/browsing (by subjects/ thematic search, language, publishers) functionalities enhancing the visibility, accessibility and usability of research outputs in the area of nutrition. 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] Imma Subirats is an Information Management Specialist at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). She supports organizations in the creation, management, preservation and dissemination of information and data in agriculture, fisheries and forestry. Her work includes to develop capacities in FAO country members to enable information management specialists and data managers to manage and exchange knowledge and data in agriculture. Since 2015, she is the AGORA Program Manager.


  • EN: 24th of April 2017 – 11:00 CEST (Use Time Converter to calculate the time difference)
  • FR: 25th of April 2017 – 16:00 CEST (Use Time Converter to calculate the time difference)
  • ES: 27th of April 2017 – 16:00 CEST (Use Time Converter to calculate the time difference)

Please register here:


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Webinar: Introduction to Using TEEAL to Access Agricultural Journals

22nd February 2017

A.S.I.R.A.  (Access to Scientific Information Resources in Agriculture) Online Course for Low-Income Countries started on 13 February, 2017. Throughout the course, several webinar sessions will be held based on  the subjects taught in the units. These webinars are open to anyone who is interested in the subject. The next webinar will be held on 24 February (Friday),  2017Register HERENo need for ASIRA Online Course participants to register.


You are invited to the fourth webinar of the A.S.I.R.A. Online Course for Low-Income Countries offered by FAO of the United Nations in collaboration with Research4Life.

A.S.I.R.A.’s webinars are specially designed for the course participants but also open to anyone who is interested in the subject.

Our speakers come from diverse background come together to complete the flavor of the course, sharing their experience and expertise in their fields.

Here is the information about the upcoming A.S.I.R.A.’s webinar entitled Introduction to Using TEEAL to Access Agricultural Journals. 

Date & Time:

Friday 24 February, 2017

15:00 CET



NOTE: no need for A.S.I.R.A.’s course participants to register


Joy Paulson, the Director of the TEEAL Project and the International Projects Librarian at Mann Library, Cornell University

About the webinar

TEEAL, The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library, is a database that provides access to peer-reviewed, research journals in Agriculture and related-sciences without the need for internet connectivity.  Currently TEEAL provides access to 450 research journals.  Additionally, TEEAL also begun to provide access to non-journal research material that can be difficult to find and access.  The first collection is research sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and its partners and grantees.

TEEAL is delivered on a small-footprint computer that can be plugged into an institution’s local area network (LAN) or a stand-alone computer.  When connected to an institution’s LAN, TEEAL is available across the institution to all members of the institutions community.

This webinar will introduce the TEEAL database, explore its collections, and demonstrate methods for browsing and effectively searching to identify the research the user needs.  Eligibility for TEEAL and costs will also be discussed.  There will be an opportunity for questions.


About Joy Paulson

Joy Paulson is the Director of the TEEAL Project and the International Projects Librarian at Mann Library, Cornell University.  She has been the Director of TEEAL for over 5 years, and she has taught international workshops on using TEEAL and other electronic resources, information literacy, scientific writing, and digital project management Africa and South Asia.  Her previous work focused on developing digital library collections.

 In case you missed the previous webinars, you can still take the most out of them as the material is available below:

#  The first Webinar@ASIRA: Emerging Themes in Agricultural Research Publishing (on YOUTUBE channel)

  #  The first Webinar@ASIRA: Emerging Themes in Agricultural Research Publishing (on SLIDESHARE channel)

  # The second Webinar@ASIRA: New Roles for Changing Times UNAM Subject Librarians in Context (on YOUTUBE channel)

  #  The second Webinar@ASIRA: New Roles for Changing Times UNAM Subject Librarians in Context (on SLIDESHARE channel)

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Join the third A.S.I.R.A.’s free Webinar !

20th February 2017

A.S.I.R.A. (Access to Scientific Information Resources in Agriculture) Online Course for Low-Income Countries started on 13 February, 2017. Throughout the course, several webinar sessions will be held based on  the subjects taught in the units. These webinars are open to anyone who is interested in the subject. The third webinar will be held on 21 February (Tuesday), 2017Register HERENo need for ASIRA Online Course participants to register.


You are invited to the third webinar of the A.S.I.R.A. Online Course for Low-Income Countries offered by FAO of the United Nations in collaboration with Research4Life.

A.S.I.R.A.’s webinars are specially designed for the course participants but also open to anyone who is interested in the subject.

Our speakers come from diverse background come together to complete the flavor of the course, sharing their experience and expertise in their fields.

Here is the information about the third webinar entitled AGRIS: Providing Access to Agricultural Research and Technology Information and Exploiting Open Data on the Web

Date & Time:

  Tuesday 21 February, 2017, 15:00 CET


  at         NOTE: no need for A.S.I.R.A.’s course participants to register


  Thembani Malapela, Knowledge and Information Management Officer at FAO of the United Nations

AGRIS is the International System for Agricultural Science and Technology. It is supported by a large community of data providers, partners and users. AGRIS is one of the many bibliographic databases used for locating agricultural information online, others examples include PubAg, TEEAL and CAB Abstracts.

AGRIS is a database that aggregates bibliographic data, and through this core data it retrieves related content across online information systems by taking advantage of Semantic Web capabilities. Through AGRIS core data, related content across online information systems is retrieved thereby enriching the search results.

This webinar will present the AGRIS international initiative and partnership, looking at how AGRIS bibliographic data acts as a gateway to enable researchers and policy makers to retrieve agricultural and scientific information. The end-user based webinar will explain the fundamentals of AGRIS, give an overview of the AGRIS interface, and show how users can initiate their searches using both the simple and advanced search functionalities.

About Thembani Malapela

 Thembani Malapela works as Knowledge and Information Management Officer at the FAO of the United Nations. Currently he is responsible for AGRIS user support and communications and in evaluating various ways of improving the AGRIS user experience.

Related content: 

An update on the publication of data on AGRIS Mash-up

Enabling Multilingual Search through Controlled Vocabularies: the AGRIS Approach – A review  

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Join us for ASIRA’s online course First Webinar!

8th February 2017

A.S.I.R.A. (Access to Scientific Information Resources in Agriculture) Online Course for Low-Income Countries starts on 13 February (Monday), 2017. Throughout the course, several webinar sessions will be held based on  the subjects taught in the units. These webinars are specially designed for the course participants but also open to anyone who is interested in the subject. The first webinar will be held on 15 February (Wednesday), 2017. Register by February 13th, 2017


ASIRA Online Course is offered by FAO of the United Nations in collaboration with Research4Life.

Our speakers from diverse background come together to complete the flavour of the course, sharing their experience and expertise in their fields.

Here is the information about the FIRST WEBINAR of the course:


Presenter: Thomas Ingraham, Publishing Editor at F1000Research

Date & Time: February 15th, 15:00 CET

Register by February 13th:

(No need for ASIRA Online Course participants to register)

This webinar will cover three emerging themes in life science publishing, which will begin to influence the way in which the agricultural researchers share and access knowledge:

Faster dissemination: Publishing scientific articles is often a lengthy process, taking several months or even years from first submission. This prevents the research community and others from being able to act on new knowledge quickly, which is especially serious in emergency situations such as emerging infectious diseases. This webinar will cover two ways of tackling publication delays: preprint servers and post-publication peer review platforms.

Increased access & transparency: Open Access has helped remove access barriers to a vast body of scientific knowledge. Other important research outputs that have historically been difficult to access are starting to be published more frequently such as replications, data, code and referee reports.

Assessment of research: Researches are assessed by their publication record. Journal title and Impact Factor tend to be the default assessment criteria, though there is growing awareness of the disadvantages of these approaches, and alternative measures of quality and impact are gaining ground.

About Thomas Ingraham

Tom is the Publishing Editor at F1000Research and has been involved with the publisher’s open science and editorial development since its inception in 2012. He manages several channels published on F1000Research, including those focussing on agriculture, and is the lead on several of the publisher’s open data-orientated projects.

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New 1,209 journals on AGORA since July 2016!

13th October 2016

Massive new input onto Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) platform gives researchers access to 1,209 new journals.  This latest addition represents an enormous boost to the online collection, with over six thousand journals and twenty two thousand books

Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) is a program – set up by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) together with major publishers – to provide free or low cost access to major scientific journals and e-books in agriculture and related biological, environmental and social sciences to public institutions in developing countries.

In particular, AGORA is one of the programmes that make up Research4Life*, a collective name for four public private partnerships providing the developing world with access to critical scientific research: AGORA, HINARI Access to Research for Health, OARE – Research in the Environment and ARDI – Research for Innovation.

AGORA’s collection of research resources is likely to continue to grow at an impressive rate.  Since July 2016 – 1,209 new journals have been added to AGORA now bringing the total number of journals to 6,565, taking the total number of combined resources on the platform to just under 30,000!

The primary publishers of the new journals are: Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) – with 1,182 new Open Access (OA) journals, Elsevier – with 25 new OA journals, and American Physiological Society with 2 (not OA) new journals added.

These journals** are primarily covering subject areas of: Agriculture (78 journals), Animal Science (69 journals), Biology (General) (156 journals), Biotechnology/Applied Microbiology (99 journals), Chemistry/Biochemistry/Biophysics (168 journals), Economics/Social Science (366 journals), Entomology/Pest Control (12 journals), Environment/Ecology/Natural Resources (179 journals), Fisheries/Aquatic Science (28 journals), Food Science/Nutrition (76 journals), Forests & Forestry (13 journals), Plant Science/Soil Science (54 journals), Other Miscellaneous Subjects (161 journals).

You can access this range of resources by logging into AGORA using your institution’s credentials (determine your institution’s current access to published content).

If you’re not registered but would like to find out more, click here.

Find out if your institution is eligible for AGORA (see also: AGORA: Who can participate?)

*Research4Life Training Portal has some good tips for getting the best out of the four programs, and on tackling scientific research.
**A journal may have more than one subject.


Related contents:

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Namibia hosts Forum on Open Data and Open Science in Agriculture in Africa in the context of Sustainable Development Goals, 18 April 2016

12th April 2016


The second of four forums organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and partners, the forum is targeted at experts from senior government, academia and NGOs.

Strengthening access to agricultural science and technical information (Open Data and Open Science*) in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is vital if Africa is to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to ending hunger, alleviating poverty, gender equality, climate change and health.

Due to challenges at both an institutional and national level much agriculture-related data produced in SSA isn’t visible or accessible, hindering any meaningful impact on food security in the region. A UN report found that in 2015 more than 40% of the population of SSA was still living in poverty and that the region faces daunting challenges with regards rapid population growth, high levels of poverty and conflicts.  Data has become a key asset for agricultural transformation in Africa. Indeed greater access to and sharing of agricultural data and science are two of the keys to unlocking change, allowing innovative solutions to be developed to address food insecurity and poverty on the continent.

However, in order for Open Data and Open Science initiatives to make any meaningful impact on SDGs and on the lives of Africans, most of whom make a living in the rural domain, they must draw together and galvanize players from the full agricultural spectrum.

An enabling environment where agricultural researchers and experts can share their innovations on open platforms is imperative. Farmers, rural populations and development specialists must also be empowered to adopt new innovative technologies and solutions aimed at combatting hunger and poverty in the region.

Sustainable Development Goals

As the eight Millennium Development Goals of the last 15 years came to a conclusion in 2015, a new set of transformative Sustainable Development Goals took their place. While the MDGs made huge strides on a global scale towards eradicating extreme poverty and inequality, development in SSA has been patchy and the challenge is now on to transform the demands of the new SDGs into action. 

Formally signed by the UN in September 2015 The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda included 17 new goals and 169 targets with individual governments expected to create national frameworks for achieving them.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon described the new SDGs as a “shared vision of humanity, and a to-do list for people and planet and a blueprint for success”.

The new SDGs go a step further than the MDGs, addressing the root causes of poverty and the universal need for development. They place increased emphasis on the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection. With the spotlight increasingly on sustainability, Open Data and Open Science initiatives in agriculture in Africa come into even sharper focus. 

Namibia totemGoal of the forums

The chief objective of the forums is to provide a dialogue platform where senior agricultural experts in SSA can articulate some of the challenges to Open Data and Open Science and propose possible strategies.

The forum in Namibia, where around half the population depends largely on subsistence agriculture for a living and the national level of income inequality is one of the highest in the world, asks how enhancing access to Open Data and Science in agriculture can enable the country and indeed, SSA to fulfill SDGs.  

Senior experts in agriculture will:

  • exchange knowledge on institutional and national initiatives aimed at enhancing access to agricultural data science
  • share knowledge and discuss national global trends on data and science access
  • discuss potential mechanisms for enhanced knowledge sharing initiatives in agriculture in SSA.

Expected outcomes

  • A common understanding the role of open data and open science in achieving Africa’s SDGs. 
  • Clarification of the institutional, national and regional policy implications for open data and open science
  • Agreement on the mechanisms, technologies and standards for sharing open data and open science initiatives


Spearheaded by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO of the UN), the collective forums in Kenya (June 2015), Namibia (April 2016), Ghana (July 2016) and Tanzania (May 2016) gather together senior specialists from policy, research information and technology in agriculture and related fields. 

In Namibia two senior policy panel discussions will be followed by facilitated discussions in plenary. Panelists include high profile experts in agricultural and rural development, science, technology and library and information management from Namibia and the sub region.

Part II of the Namibia forum (19-20 April 2016) is a two-day workshop on access to scientific information in agriculture. Transforming the overarching theme of the forum into practical training sessions, the workshop is targeted at agriculture information workers with the core focus on Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA)

The first forum in Kenya

44 participants gathered in Nairobi in June 2015 (see photo above) where they agreed that Open Science and Open Data requires an enabling environment framework, including appropriate policies and strategies on a governmental and institutional level. Furthermore, researchers and scientists required a more rewarding system that supports open publishing and collaborative research work, especially with regard to young scientists.

One of the key issues is a lack of understanding of the mechanics of Open Data and Open Science with unclear intellectual property rights policies leading to an “over protection” of data.

However, the forum highlighted several Kenyan initiatives already in place to support open science and to foster processes to improved access to agricultural data. Advocacy on an institutional and governmental level was a key recommendation and the Kenya Agricultural Information Network (KAINet) secretariat and member institutions are focused on driving this forward.

Scheduled follow-ups to the forum will be aimed at consolidating permanent dialogue between stakeholders.

Take a look at the full report

Forum on Open Data and Open Science in Agriculture in Nambia

The forum takes place on 18th April at the Avani Hotel in Windhoek, Namibia – speakers to be confirmed.  It is co-organized by FAO alongside the National University of Namibia (UNAM), GODAN, Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA), and Research4Life.

Since 1975 FAO has supported initiatives aimed at opening up access to agricultural data. It is currently working closely alongside several partners, including the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN), Open Agriculture Knowledge for Development (CIARD), and Research4Life to improve access to available agriculture and nutrition data, with a view to contributing to enhance food security in Africa.  All four forums are part of this initiative.

Forum dates:

Namibia: 18 – 20 April 2016
Tanzania: 23 – 25 May 2016
Ghana: 11 – 13 July 2016

*Open data is the idea that certain data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control.

Open science is the umbrella term of the movement to make scientific research, data and dissemination accessible to all levels of an inquiring society, amateur or professional. It encompasses practices such as publishing open research, campaigning for open access, encouraging scientists to practice open notebook science, and generally making it easier to publish and communicate scientific knowledge.”

Source: Wikipedia 

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Myanmar Universities Hosting Training Workshop on Access To Global Online Research in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 25-29 April 2016

12th April 2016


FAO of the United Nations in conjunction with WorldFish and Research4Life is organizing two workshops at the University of Yangon and Yezin University in Myanmar this month. The workshops are aimed at raising awareness of key trends in scientific publishing in agriculture, fisheries and forestry, as well as providing access to information and research in these fields.

2015 marked a shift in scientific publishing. While the research community still has to compete for funding there is fresh emphasis on research data sets being “intelligently open” (otherwise known as Open Data*) so that others can use them. Since the adoption of the new 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda the question of Open Data and Open Science* – and in particular ways of accessing and managing those information sources, is at the forefront of the debate.

With the goal of drawing together experts from research organizations in Myanmar, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, WorldFish and Research4Life are organizing a series of workshops aimed at raising awareness of key trends in scientific publishing in agriculture, fisheries and forestry. These workshops will look at ways that free access to information and research on agriculture, forestry and fisheries is provided, as well as supporting researchers in data management and publication. 

Myanmar: background

Myanmar_LakeFisheries play a crucial role as a source of livelihood for millions of people in Myanmar with fish being one of the most important food groups. Forestry regeneration in the country has the power to enhance the livelihood benefits of the population both through livelihood oriented forest management and marketing development.  

Although Myanmar is the largest country in South East Asia it also one of the poorest, with poverty disproportionately concentrated in rural areas where the majority of the population lives. Compounding this, visibility and access to information about poverty in Myanmar is lacking, making it hard to identify key restraints to the future development of aquaculture and forestry management, especially their role in alleviating poverty.  Emerging threats from population growth, conflict and climate change, particularly natural disasters, exacerbate the challenge.

According to a national survey on social protection and poverty reduction presented by the FAO in conjunction with Myanmar’s Department of Rural Development, priority in Myanmar should be given to vulnerable fishing communities for poverty reduction and rural development, particularly to increase access to appropriate and effective social assistance.

In the context of these overlapping demands there is a need for well-designed programs and projects that draw attention to the range of free agricultural information resources available to researchers. Strengthening access to agricultural, forestry and fisheries-related data, and indeed training people to use these research tools in Myanmar, has enormous potential to make a difference to people’s lives, as well as for the country to fulfill wider Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).   

Myanmar totem

Workshops: approach

The main focus of the workshops is to introduce two databases: AGORA and the International System for Agricultural Science and Technology (AGRIS) – two research tools that give researchers in low-income countries access to a wealth of scientific research and information on agriculture.

The workshops will provide an overview of the overarching structure of the two databases, giving guidance on how best to search through the range of research materials.

A further section focuses on existing tools for accessing information to agricultural research, including Google Scholar, Google Books, Aquatic Commons, PubAg, and TEEAL.

In addition, day two of the Yangon University workshop features a special panel session on “Access to Scientific Information in Myanmar” with presentations from two speakers.

AGORA, AGRIS, Research4Life

Set up by FAO of the UN together with major publishers (Elsevier has provided over a quarter of the content), AGORA provides developing countries with access to an outstanding digital library in the fields of food, agriculture, environmental science and related social sciences, providing a collection of over 6,000 journals and 5,800 books in over 100 low-income countries.

AGRIS is a FAO-maintained global public database providing bibliographic information on agricultural science and technology. Like AGORA its chief goal is to improve access to and the exchange of agricultural information in developing countries.  Over 150 institutions from 65 countries contribute to the AGRIS network. Alongside search results AGRIS links to other sources on the web, further enriching knowledge. 

 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 critical scientific research. Research4Life is the collective name for the four programmes – HINARI, AGORAOARE and ARDI – that provide developing countries with free or low cost access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content online


The organizers of these events are WorldFish, Research4Life, FAO of the United Nations, GODAN, University of Yangon and University of Yenzin.

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Research4Life Newsletter May 2014

13th May 2014

Table of Contents

Note from the Editor

Welcome to the May 2014 edition of our Research4Life Partner Newsletter. Our goal is to keep you updated on Research4Life’s recent news, upcoming meetings, latest milestones, interviews, and partners. We also want to make it possible for you – as a Research4Life partner – to fully leverage and promote your participation in our impressive access initiative.Help us spread the word – and expand the Research4Life community – by following us on Twitter and ‘liking’ us on Facebook. Interested in getting more involved? We have teams focused on everything from communications to training, technology and impact. Contact us at – Ylann Schemm, Chair of the Research4Life Communications and Marketing Teams  and Elsevier Foundation Programme Director

“Unsung Heroes: Stories from the Library”

We are proud to present our latest publication, which shares a critical part of the Research4Life story: Unsung Heroes: Stories from the Library celebrates librarians as the ambassadors of a healthy research culture in the developing world. From our 2013 competition and the recommendations of our twelve international judges, we developed nine case studies. These feature librarians from Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Honduras, and the Maldives and their early identification of trends, challenges and opportunities from research communities in low and middle income countries. The book leads with stories from Onan Mulumba, Agricultural Librarian for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at Makerere University in Uganda, and Cynthia Kimani, Librarian at the Kenya Medical Research Institute Library. We were honoured to have both of them join us at the September Research4Life General Partners Meeting in Rome to celebrate the 10th anniversary of AGORA. We hope you’ll find the book compelling and share both individual case studies and the entire book with your customers and employees. It provides an excellent opportunity to share your organization’s contribution to the partnership.

Interested in creating a tailored print version with your logo and quote for outreach? Contact

Research4Life Partner Meeting July 31st 2014 Washington DC

partner_meeting_16fcf907c080fWe will be holding our 2014 General Partners Meeting (GPM) for Research4Life (HINARI, AGORA, OAREand ARDI) on 31st July. As in many years past, it is being generously hosted by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in Washington DC.For those not familiar, the General Partners Meeting is the body which governs our Research4Life partnership and provides an opportunity for every partner to help review the progress, direction and development of the four programmes.


Emily Gillingham, Chair of the Executive Council

We would like to invite you to join us and help us to continue shaping the programmes through 2015.We hope very much to have a member of the new Advisory Council join us at the meeting as well. At the end of the meeting Emily Gillingham’s role as Chair of the Executive Council will draw to a close and the Chair-elect, Richard Gedye, will take on the mantel. He will be joined by a new – yet to be announced – Chair-elect at that time. We’ll have a chance to thank Emily for her dedicated and excellent contributions to the Executive Council over the past two years. If you’re interested in getting more deeply involved in the partnership and joining us at the upcoming GPM, please contact


New AGORA Programme Manager

agora_managerWe are pleased to introduce Johannes Keizer as the new AGORA Programme Manager. Since 1998 Johannes Keizer has been working for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN. He heads the team working on Agricultural Information Management Standards and Services. Through the AIMS portal, his team is working on standards, tools and advice for FAOs stakeholders. Some of the main products are AGRIS,the international information system for Agricultural Science and Technology; AGROVOC,the multilingual agricultural concept scheme; the Linked Open Data recommendations for Bibliographic Data;AgriOcean Dspace and AgriDrupal. Now, AGORA and Research4Life are added to this rich portfolio, which is excellent news. Stephen Rudgard, the previous AGORA Programme Manager, has been appointed FAO Representative in Laos effective February 2014. Many thanks to Stephen for his engagement and support to R4L; we wish him all the best in his new endeavor. See Q&A with Stephen Rudgard as AGORA celebrates its 10th anniversary.

10th Anniversary of AGORA


©FAO/Alessia Pierdomenico September 201, Rome, Italy – FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva, right awarding Onan Mulumba in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Research4Life Library Competition at the 10th Anniversary of AGORA Sheykh Zayed Media Center, FAO headquarters.

September 2013 marked the 10th anniversary of Research4Life’s AGORA agricultural program –coordinated by FAO, together with major publishers – which provides over 2,300 institutions in over 100 developing countries with free or low-cost access to leading journals in the fields of agriculture, fisheries, food, nutrition, veterinary science and related biological, environmental and social sciences. Last year, the Research4life Library Competition recognized the role of librarians in building research capacity and boosting output among scientists, doctors and policy makers. Onan Mulumba, a librarian at Makerere University in Uganda, won the 2013 competition. He was honoured during the AGORA anniversary celebrations at FAO Headquarters. An Honourable Mention for a second case study was also awarded to Cynthia Kimani, librarian at the Kenya Medical Research Institute Library.




Mendeley joins Research4Life

mendeley_1f86658Mendeley, a global research collaboration platform and academic database, has pledged to collaborate with Research4Life to boost researcher skills in eligible countries. Mendeley’s free cloud-based apps will enable researchers to organize, share and discover new research with other scientists all over the world. Within Research4Life countries, Mendeley currently has thousands of active researcher users and hundreds of global Advisors to help train, educate and increase awareness about how make the most of these research productivity tools.


Jessica Reeves, Head of User Engagement, Mendeley

Jessica L. Reeves, Mendeley’s Head of User Engagement, explains, “We are committed to making researchers aware of our free reference management and academic collaboration tools, educating users through our Resource Center, as well as growing the global Mendeley Advisor community, to support researchers in developing countries. Through this community, we hope to celebrate and promote Research4Life stories of success and collaboration. We really look forward to working with the partnership to further our mission of opening science through technology for all researchers, especially in developing countries.”





Global Online Access to Law (GOAL)

goalda50beResearch4Life is committed to extending its partnerships and outreach. This includes exploring new programmes that fit our objectives in Beyond the 2015 Horizon, Research4Life’s strategic plan. Global Online Access to Law (GOAL) proposes to provide free and low cost online access to academic legal content to institutions in developing countries. Key subject areas would include international law and human rights law to help strengthen legal frameworks and institutions in developing countries, while furthering the rule of law. The fulfilment of basic rights is essential for advancing peace and security, and often a prerequisite for economic development. They also enable people to enjoy their full rights as citizens in society. While still in an exploratory phase, GOAL is designed to help strengthen the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which relate to the rule of law (Access to Information and Access to Justice). The SDGs are currently being considered for inclusion by UN working groups as part of the post-2015 development agenda. In short, we are seeking support from publishers, academic institutions, international organizations and funding bodies to GOAL as a new Research4Life programme. If you would like to find out more about GOAL or pledge support as we develop GOAL, contact Liesbeth Kanis, Research4Life liaison for Brill Publishers at

Assessing the Impact of Research4Life


Every five years, Research4Life commissions two external reviews of its programmes. One review looks at the programmes from the point of view of the contributing partners, assessing how well the infrastructure and operations are performing. The second review examines the user experience through online surveys and face to face interviews to determine how successfully we’re increasing access to world-leading science and encouraging use. We are currently developing our plans for commissioning our next set of reviews for presentation and discussion at the 2015 General Partners Meeting. By design, these reviews look critically at our infrastructure and performance, highlighting any issues or constraints and proposing ways in which these may be addressed.

This philosophy has proved invaluable over the last 13 years and has led to a succession of improvements in the way we deliver our programmes. To complement these formal reviews, however, we also regularly undertake activities designed to focus on the positive impacts of our programmes. Hence our development and documentation of specific case studies – of individual researchers and practitioners in our recent booklet, Making a Difference: Stories from the field, and of librarians in our new publication, Unsung Heroes: Stories from the Library. In addition, this year we also want to gain wider insight into the positive impacts which our programmes have within our end-user communities by launching a HINARI user impact survey. Our first 2014 survey, which was carried out for us by independent consultancy Information Power, asked HINARI users to tell us how they use the content and to identify whether it enhances the way they conduct research or carry out clinical practice. Information Power is currently analysing the results and we hope to be able to bring you a summary of these in our next newsletter.

Questions about impact analyses or our systematic reviews? Contact Richard Gedye at

Feedback from our Research4Life Advisory Council

In 2013, we formed a new Advisory Council which has met quarterly over the past year. The Advisory Council includes academic librarians from institutions across Africa. Our objectives include providing a forum for direct engagement between the user community and the R4L partnership, as well as supporting the early identification of trends, unmet needs, problems and opportunities from the research and library communities in developing countries. We also hope to nurture new Research4Life champions, increase international exposure and provide opportunities for professional development amongst key stakeholders. Please contact Emily Gillingham at for more briefings. The Advisory group met most recently on March 27th, with some 10 members of the community. Feedback included: • Addressing the need for customizable posters, banners and materials to hand out in institutions. • Tackling the bandwidth issues on a strategic alliances level; you can’t significantly boost usage if a researcher has to download a PDF article over 5 hours at night in order to do basic research. • Most developing country researchers don’t know R4L, only HINARI or the specific programs. • Lots of great Research4Life marketing discussion with librarians in the Research4Life User Forum. • Many health librarians are not just marketing HINARI internally but also outside their own institutions to community health workers. • Training and outreach is not enough: librarians have to advocate for support directly from management through annual work plans.

ITOCA Training Workshops in 2014


Under the new Research4Life training strategy, ITOCA (Information Training & Outreach Centre for Africa) has delivered two train-the-trainer workshops in Botswana and Nigeria to date and four more courses are planned for 2014 in Ethiopia (May), Uganda (July), Sierra Leone (August) and Tanzania (September). The new training strategy aims to integrate programme awareness, usage and sustainability by providing various mediums for the uptake of the resources beyond the training. The main focus is on getting the buy-in and support from decision makers in the user institutions before a training workshop, as well as inviting university management to the official opening or closing ceremonies, enabling the university leadership to participate in and understand Research4Life’s goals, including the necessity of investing in a solid ICT infrastructure to enable access.


University of Ibadan workshop 3/2014

I appreciate the publishers and the management and staff of ITOCA for the initiative, and benefits they have brought to [the] developing world by enhancing teaching and research through provision of quality and up-to-date information.” — Participant, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. The University of Ibadan’s Kenneth Dike Library hosted the Research4Life Nigeria workshop from 24-26 March 2014. The training workshop was formally opened by Dr. Benedict Oladele, the University Librarian. Professor Dele Fawole, the ITOCA Representative for West Africa, emphasised the value of the Research4Life programmes and how they provided access to resources which are often not even available in many Western institutions. The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Professor. A.I. Olayinka also confirmed the University of Ibadan’s support and their willingness to ensure ongoing training for staff and students. ITOCA has found that support from the university management is critical to the continued uptake of the Research4Life and TEEAL programmes.

To learn more, contact Blessing Chataira through

HINARI Trainers Group Nepal

hinari_1c38e276075e8In 2007, four health librarians from different institutions across Nepal formed the HINARI Trainers Group. From the beginning their goal has been to stimulate research in the biomedical and health fields and promote the use of HINARI resources through training, a user discussion forum, and developing models for other country user groups.

Since its launch, the Group has conducted 12 training sessions at institutions including the Nepal Health Research Council, Lordbudhha Nursing College, Institute of Medicine.

hinari_2b84dda999d4aNursing College, Manmohan Nursing College, STUPA College, ALKA Nursing College, Norvic Nursing College, Nobel College, ASIAN College, and Chakravarti Nursing College. In 2011, the Nepal Trainers Group was awarded a Research4Life Master Trainer Certificate from the Medical Library Association. This year’s activities include a marketing campaign to spread awareness of HINARI, enhancing internal communication in the group, and setting up distance learning courses to further disseminate HINARI. Interested in learning more? Follow the Nepal HINARI Trainers Group on Facebook.

Marketing Research4Life in Central and West Africa

marketing378024d8dcefHistorically, West and Central Africa have been low usage areas for Research4Life. Of the 3,000 African institutions registered in 2012, only 300 came from these regions. But in 2013-2014, ITOCA received a targeted marketing grant from the Elsevier Foundation to boost awareness and usage of Research4Life in these countries. In addition to training workshops in DR Congo and Sierra Leone, ITOCA launched an intensive marketing and outreach campaign aimed at the research and academic communities in ten West and Central African focus countries. Letters were sent to thousands of carefully compiled contact people targeting both users and non-users, and ITOCA visited key conferences in the region. For users with questions or problems, the ITOCA staff provided an email, phone and listserv, and dedicated helpdesk service. Due to end in June 2014, the targeted marketing campaign has already reaped significant results. There was a 16% increase in the number of R4L registrations, reaching 427 institutions in March 2014. The highest numbers of new institutions have been registered in DR Congo with 30 institutions (20%) and Niger with 10 institutions (24%). Angola, Chad, Guinea, Liberia and Mauritania have significant new registrations recorded to date and this positive trend is expected to continue upwards as the marketing efforts continue.

Questions? Contact Gracian Chimwaza through

Librarians Without Borders: Building the Training Infrastructure

MLA_1Over the course of 2013, MLA’s Librarians Without Borders® continued their extensive training and curriculum development to enable hundreds of doctors, nurses, librarians and researchers in low and middle income countries to develop the skills they need to use Research4Life resources. In 2013, 252 people from Albania, Macedonia, Samoa, Ethiopia, and Haiti (all low usage countries) were trained through workshops often in collaboration with the WHO, and in Africa, with the Information Training & Outreach Centre in Africa (ITOCA).

These users, many of whom are now trainers in their own right, will help to boost R4L usage over the coming years. MLA_2Workshops at the University of Florida and at the Medical Library Association meeting last May also helped to develop a new set of US trainers. Direct results include: the University of Southern California set up a HINARI and authorship skills training for all graduate students from eligible countries; Ohio State University established a Research4Life training partnership at the University of Gondor in Ethiopia; while Tulane and Johns Hopkins Universities have established a joint training programme to prepare graduate students returning to eligible countries. Finally, Lenny Rhine also spent a generous portion of 2013 developing and updating the online and onsite training infrastructure behind Research4Life. In 2014, Lenny will work with the ARDI team to create an initial training module, and will also undertake further updates for the three older programs to reflect new software developments and other training needs. The 2012 and January-August 2013 download statistics for HINARI training materials totaled more than 200,000 per year (ca 16,000 per month). This level of usage underscores the importance of these materials for trainers and users, and the necessity of keeping them up-to-date to advance the Research4Life mission. Interested in learning more about Librarians Without Borders? Contact Lenny Rhine through

New Content Management Partner Team

new_contentSince Research4Life was launched some 13 years ago, a hidden -but integral -part of the programmes has been the management and maintenance of all the details of the journals, databases and books that lie behind the user portals. This is as difficult as it sounds: different academic partners and programme offices have been involved at different points and with varying amounts of time to spend on tasks. Rarely has there been time to actually look at the hows and whys of our database structures, our formats and categories, and our processes and communications. So this year, we’ve formed a task force to step back, review, revise, and update, with an eye towards balancing efficiency with adjustments that could improve the user experience. Questions? Contact Kimberly Parker, Team leader and HINARI Programme Manager, through

Research4Life at SSP Annual Meeting

forthcoming_1Richard Gedye will be representing Research4Life on a panel session entitled “Publishers and the Developing World: Philanthropy, Partnerships, Markets” at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Scholarly Publishing on Friday 30 May in Boston. The panel will share what they have discovered about the impact that their current activities are having in target communities and will then respond to a series of questions.

Collaborative Training Programme with INASP

inaspOur collaborative training project in Sierra Leone with INASP is progressing well, with the first workshops taking place next month. The programme will kick off with a series of workshops 1- 8 May in Freetown and Njala, addressed to three separate constituencies: relevant Vice Chancellors and academic leaders; Researchers and Librarians. INASP’s Anne Powell and Research4Life Trainer Lenny Rhine have been working together with local Sierra Leone trainer Miriam Conteh-Morgan to collate appropriate content from our respective training materials into a seamless teaching programme for the workshops.

Research4Life Latest Stats & Facts

• 7700 registered institutions
• 14,500 journals
• 30,000 books
• 185 publisher partners


Latest Research4Life News

• 2014, 7 March Health News NG: Research4Life Programmes Training-of-Trainer Workshop
• 2014, 27 January: Research4Life’s HINARI featured at World Health Organization
• 2014, 9 January: New Authentication Live
• 2013, 23 December: Africa doubles research output over past decade, moves towards a knowledge-based economy – Research Trends
• 2013, 13 November: Watch the FAO webcast on the 10th Anniversary of AGORA from Rome, Italy – FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva
• 2013, 1 November: Wiley blog A new Research4Life Training Strategy in Africa
• 2013, 18 September: FAO United Nations – Food and Agriculture Organization Radio: 10th anniversary of Research4Life’s AGORA agricultural program
• 2013, September: Elsevier Connect, Q&A with Stephen Rudgard as AGORA celebrates its 10th anniversary
• 2013 September: Elsevier Connect Case study: Research4Life and its impact on an agronomist in Burkina Faso
• 2013, 21 August: Research4Life featured in the WHO World Health Report 2013

Promoting Your Research4Life Partnership

promoting.18aca6afc1676Don’t forget, if you are a Research4Life partner, you can access Research4Life promotional materials including logos, web banners, flyers, brochures, boiler plate and presentations, and other information at a special partner-only link. As a partner, you can also choose to customize your Research4Life brochure or the Making a Difference and Unsung Heroes booklets with a quote and logo. For more information, please contact Charlotte Masiello-Riome, Research4Life Communications Coordinator at


Looking for a Fundraiser? Donate to Research4Life!

We are always asked by partners to suggest different ways that individuals and society members can contribute to Research4life. Don’t forget that Research4Life is also an excellent charity for an office fundraiser. If you or any of your society members would like to contribute funds to Research4Life training or outreach, you can support Research4Life through

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Research4Life: A User Experience Review

3rd November 2013
In January 2010, R4L contracted Edmond Gaible of The Natoma Group to conduct a User Experience Review, which was to assess key factors that affect the influence of Research4Life on developing-country participation in the activities of the global research community, with particular emphasis on the impact such participation has on social and economic development. Underlying the assessment was the perceived need to develop improved understanding about the R4L user community. This article, presenting results of the 2010 User Experience Review , offers an extensive picture of the people who use R4L, the activities that they conduct, and the ways in which R4L currently orpotentially supports these activities. The findings presented here complement and expand the
scope of recent case-study analyses of access to research in eastern and southern Africa (Harle 2010).   Presented at IFLA 2011.

Click here for full report 


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Research4Life Announces Winner of “Unsung Heroes” Library Impact Competition

1st July 2013

Onan Mulumba, of Makerere University, is awarded First Prize in the global case study competition to raise awareness about the essential role of librarians powering research in developing countries.


London, United Kingdom 1 July 2013 – The Research4Life partnership announced today the winner of the case study competition to recognize the role played by librarians in building research capacity and boosting output among scientists, doctors and policymakers. Onan Mulumba, Agricultural Librarian for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at Makerere University in Uganda was chosen from among 45 highly competitive applicants by a panel of 12 distinguished judges and international experts in the field of research capacity building. As part of the first prize, Onan Mulumba has been invited to serve as the first user to join the Research4Life Executive Council. The prize includes an all-expenses paid trip to attend the Partners’ General Meeting in Rome, Italy in September 2013.

“Research4Life has significantly boosted teaching and research at Makerere University, and is the main source of reference for both students and faculty. In addition, Research4Life databases have drastically reduced the use of print resources and this has helped to minimize congestion in the libraries,” said Onan Mulumba, “As a result, researchers have come to acknowledge the efforts and roles librarians play in promoting teaching and research at Makerere University.”

“AGORA, Research4Life’s agricultural programme, will soon celebrate its 10th anniversary, and we’re delighted that the winner of the Library Impact Competition highlights the work of an agricultural librarian from a prestigious African university,” said Stephen Rudgard, AGORA Programme Manager at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, “Onan Mulumba has clearly succeeded in influencing Makerere’s scientists, academics and students to make greater use of AGORA and so to improve the quality of their research, their lectures, and their dissertations, possibly bringing them into the international stage.”

An Honourable Mention for a second case study was awarded to Cynthia Kimani, Librarian at the Kenya Medical Research Institute Library.  Cynthia has been invited to attend the annual Research4Life partner meeting and serve on Research4Life’s newly founded library advisory council which provides a forum for direct engagement between the Research4Life user community and the partnership. The Council aims to give Research4Life’s customers a prominent voice and support the early identification of trends, challenges and opportunities from the research and library communities in developing countries

“The Research4Life programmes began because we heard and responded to our users’ needs,” said Barbara Aronson, competition judge and founder of HINARI. It’s very gratifying that these two librarians, who have made such an important impact in their institutions, will be continuing our tradition of user voices helping guide our work.”


About Research4Life

Research4Life ( is a public-private partnership between over 200 international scientific publishers, the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers, Cornell and Yale Universities in collaboration with the WHO, FAO, UNEP, WIPO, and technology partner, Microsoft.  Research4Life aims to help attain six of the UNs eight Millennium Development Goals by 2015, reducing the scientific knowledge gap between industrialized countries and the developing world.  Since 2001, the four programmes, Access to Research in Health (HINARI), Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA), Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE) and Access to Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI), have grown and developed  to the point where they now give researchers at more than 6,000 institutions in over 100 developing world countries and territories free or low cost online access to over 35,000 peer-reviewed international scientific journals, books, and databases provided by the world’s leading science publishers.

Contact:       Charlotte Masiello-Riome,  Research4Life Communications Twitter: @R4LPartnership


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TEDMED enjoyed by Research4Life Users and Partners for free 16-19 April

19th March 2013


At Research4Life, we are always looking for ways to help our members and partners.  This year we had a very special opportunity to bring TEDMED to everyone on 16-21 April.

TEDMED (  is the famous, multidisciplinary gathering at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington DC (16-19 April) where world-class thinkers and doers inspire and share their ideas and vision in medicine, global health, wellness and overall quality of life issues.

TEDMED Live is an extraordinary offering that TEDMED had agreed to give away for free to all the Research4Life institutions so that all participants in R4L had the chance to join the event remotely in real-time or on-demand.

As a thank you to all the partners of Research4Life, TEDMED made TEDMEDLive available free of charge.

Learn more about TEDMED. Download the brochure here.

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Research4Life helps charity improve lives of HIV-infected orphans- Zambia

21st February 2013

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 germinated the idea for Tiny Tim & Friends (TT&F), an organization that specializes in paediatric HIV/AIDS clinical care.
HIV/AIDS takes an enormous toll on Zambia. In Lusaka, around one quarter of the adult population are infected and there are tens of thousands of AIDS-related deaths each year. Mother-to-child transmission is a major route of infection, with more than 14 000 children infected nationally in 2010, out of 80 000 newborns exposed. Tragically, the country is also home to a million AIDS orphans. TT&F screens orphans for HIV in vulnerable communities surrounding Lusaka and provides anti-retroviral drugs, which suppress the HIV virus and stop the progression of AIDS. The charity currently serves almost 500 children and their caregivers through its medical and psychosocial care programme.
Research4Life plays a major role in TT&F’s work, allowing research that informs the development of policies and medical procedures that provide the best possible treatment. Access to HINARI has also allowed the charity to obtain essential information about groups performing related research in similar settings. According to Dr Meade, this makes a big difference in resource-poor areas where published data are often unavailable. “Every issue of just three of the journals accessed through HINARI – AIDS, Journal of Infectious Diseases and Journal of Acquired Immunodeficiency – contain papers relevant to resourcelimited settings and TT&F’s work,” he says.
One of the key policies developed by Dr Meade and his team through their HINARI-assisted research is that mothers with HIV should continue to breastfeed their babies until two years of age, if stable on anti-retroviral medications. This allows children to thrive with minimal risk of the infection. Another is that social workers and their training are crucial to the success of TT&F – training and empowering them leads to the best outcomes for the mothers and children. By providing high-quality medical care and personalized intensive adherence plans, TT&F allows patients to access the medical and social assistance they need, thus prolonging their lives and reducing the transmission of HIV in Zambia.

Text from the book, Making a Difference, available at

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Research4Life Newsletter November 2012

1st January 2013

Table of Contents



Note from the Editor

Welcome to this latest edition of our Research4Life Partner Newsletter. Our goal is to ensure that you can stay up to speed on the latest developments in Research4Life and to enable you as partners to fully leverage and promote your participation.  In this issue you’ll find updates on some of the issues which were discussed in our July General Partners Meeting as well as a trainer’s spotlight on Lenny Rhine of the MLA/Librarians Without Borders.

We are delighted to welcome the new Chair of the Executive Council, Emily Gillingham, Director of Library Relations at Wiley and founding Research4Life partner. In this month’s newsletter, Emily shares her first ‘Chairman’s Report.’ We also heartily thank our outgoing Chair, Kimberly Parker, HINARI programme manager, for her past two years of (additional) tireless service to the partnership.

In November, Research4Life launched a revamped website at  A giant thanks to Charlotte Masiello Riome, our Research4Life Communications Coordinator for singlehandedly managing this process-and to WIPO for their material and moral support for our vastly improved outreach channel.  Our new online home will host news, testimonials, case studies and programme information and will give us the flexibility to add further resources, such as training materials, in the future.  The website will also host our new social media channels on Facebook and Twitter. Please follow us at and ‘like’ us at!  We would really appreciate it if you could share these sites with your social media marketing colleagues to help us extend our networks and share news.

Ylann Schemm, Chair of the Research4Life Communications and Marketing Team; Senior Corporate Responsibility Manager, Elsevier

Note from the New Chair of Executive Council

After 10 years working on Research4Life I’m delighted to have recently taken on the Chairmanship of the Executive Council.  Kimberly Parker of WHO set an extremely high bar in this role and has propelled Research4Life to now encompass four distinct programmes with books and other resources now also available in more than 6000 institutions worldwide.  She has pushed through critical technological improvements to the service and will continue to play an important part in the evolution of the programmes.  On behalf of the Executive Council and all the partners I would like to extend our great thanks to Kim for all that she has done for Research4Life.

There are also some clear areas of focus for us over the coming period.  For example, a new CRM system is being implemented which has the potential to radically improve the way in which access is delivered.  It will also be a tool which we can leverage to improve our communications with librarians and information officers in the recipient institutions in order to support greater dialogue and usage of the resources.  This fits with our strategic goal to build engagement with librarians and researchers in the developing countries and examples of plans in this area include developing a Librarian Advisory Board for Research4Life and bringing users onto the Executive Council.  The recent case study booklet and videos, all available on the newly revamped  site, amply show how the programmes have made an impact on clinical practice, public policy and higher education.  We will continue to work with the user community and our partners to improve outreach, training, access and outcomes.

Many of you will have seen our press release this week announcing the extended commitment that our Partners have made to support Research4Life through 2020.  This long term sustainability is a critical element of the initiative, giving eligible institutions the justification and confidence to make related investments in necessary networked systems, teaching staff, labs and research projects.  It is this long term commitment that is making the difference to Research4Life’s effectiveness.  As one of the beneficiaries, Gamal Khalafalla Mohamed Ali, Director General of Sudan’s Central Medical Supplies Public Corporation, says; “As a policymaker, I use research published in HINARI for formulating research-based policies. I have written many proposals and most of these find their way to implementation. A major reason for this, I think is the evidence that underpins the proposals. To me HINARI is like water and oxygen: it is vital for me.”

It’s a pleasure to work with so many others on a project which delivers something like water and oxygen.  Thank you for your continued support.

Emily Gillingham is the Chair of the Executive Council for Research4Life and has been involved in the initiative, particularly the marketing and communications side, since soon after its launch.  She is also Director of Library Relations at Wiley, working to support engagement with this key audience and to deliver services which meet the needs of librarians and information professionals.  In this role she runs Wiley’s international network of Customer Advisory Boards.  Emily is also a member of the COUNTER marketing committee and has been a member of the STM communications committee.

Core offer revised eligibility criteria

This July, the General Partners Meeting revised the eligibility criteria for countries, areas, and territories in our Core offer with one additional criterion – Total GNI (World Bank figures).  The main purpose of the revision is to use clear third-party indicators to provide the basis on which some countries have been classified as ineligible for our Core offer.

At the same time, the inclusion of the total GNI factor enabled us to include very tiny economies, or smaller economies with slightly higher GNI per capita numbers.  The newly eligible or reinstated countries for 2013 are:  Botswana; Dominica; Gabon; Grenada; Mauritius; Montenegro; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; and Seychelles.  The new eligibility criteria can be found at


Partners commit to 2020

During the July 2012 Research4Life General Partners Meeting in Washington DC, the partners reaffirmed and extended their commitment to Research4life beyond 2012 for an additional 8 years. A press release announcing the partners’ renewed commitment through 2020 and showcasing achievements was released on November 15th. “As the world community looks beyond the Millennium Development Goal milestone dates, the Research4Life partnership is setting an example by ensuring sustainability of these important information access initiatives through 2020.”


Transitional Path Offer – A new opt-in for publisher partners

The General Partners Meeting this summer also approved a new “Transitional Path Option” from January 2013. The goal of the Transitional Path Offer is to ensure a gradual transition for the types of institution likely to be rarely involved in countrywide consortia deals as countries graduate from eligibility for the Research4Life Core Offer but remain in less developed states. In order to ensure all the components are properly in place, we will roll out this new option initially for the HINARI programme only.

In the Transitional Path countries, institutional eligibility will be limited to national (local) non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or agriculture extension centres that are not also research institutes, educational organizations, or major government offices.

As the Transitional Path Offer is just beginning, many publishers are carefully examining their current arrangements and positions in the involved countries.  Publishers will be assumed not to be participating in this Transitional Path Offer unless they ask to opt in.  We anticipate that the numbers of information resources on offer and the number of institutions who will register for the access will both remain small for at least the coming year.  The following countries fit the criteria initially established for eligibility for the Transitional Path –  Belarus; Bulgaria; Costa Rica; Cuba; Egypt;  Indonesia; Iran; Lebanon; Pakistan; Panama; Philippines; Serbia; South Africa; and Thailand.

More Research4Life case studies come to the small screen

Interactive Africa will be bringing us a number of new videos in the coming months, including interviews with Research4Life users Dr Sami Hyacinthe Kambire, an agronomist in Burkina Faso’s Institute for Environment and Agricultural Research and Dr. Tim Meade (Tiny Tim & Friends) who is working to improve the lives of HIV-infected children in Zambia. The videos will bring audiences to the field and into the lives of those benefiting from the Research4Life programmes. This series of three videos has been sponsored by the BMJ Group, Microsoft, Wiley and Elsevier. If you are interested in sponsoring the creation of a video, please contact<

For up to date Research4life videos and case studies, visit

Interview with Research4Life’s Lenny Rhine – A leading example in Training the Trainers

Since June 2006, Lenny has been holding training workshops all over the world for the Research4Life programmes with financial support from various organizations, including WHO, ITOCA and in collaboration with the Librarians Without Borders(r)/Medical Library Association (LWB/MLA). Lenny has held training workshops all over the world, including sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and South Pacific, as well as English speaking countries in the Americas and Eastern Europe.

What have been some of the benefits you have seen directly from your training?

Some of the visible or tangible benefits are just observing the participants gain the skills to utilize the Research4Life resources.  I’ve seen researchers and physicians find a valuable article and proceed to read it completely instead of completing their training course assignments.  Hospital residents have spent hours using the evidence-based medicine resources as they are obtaining invaluable information for use upon returning to the hospital’s wards.  Health information professionals realize the value of the programmes and understand their role as teachers.  After a national workshop, there is increased usage of Research4Life programmes by the institutions represented.  We also see an increase in registrations.

How has the training translated to capacity building for your institutions?

As Gracian mentioned in the June2012 Partner newsletter, the goal of the train-the-trainer mode is to give the participants the skills so that they can use the Research4Life materials and also instruct others when they return to their institutions.   Besides the specific usage skills, we also teach marketing /promotion strategies and ask the participants to apply them at their institutions. In future workshops, we plan to discuss specific outcomes that will be surveyed at six and twelve months.

Since 2008, we also have conducted training for individuals from developed countries whose institutions have linkages in Research4Life eligible institutions.  Besides approximately 10 workshops, participants have developed 2 training modules and a series of HINARI training videos.


How has the training continued? (i.e. Train the trainer)

In the past 5+ years, LWB has conducted 50+ workshops in 23 countries with an average attendance of 25 people.  As previously mentioned, many of these are in conjunction with ITOCA or sponsored by WHO regional offices.  To reach individuals who are unable to attend formal workshops, we have developed online Short Courses for HINARI, AGORA and OARE.  These courses are available on the ITOCA and MLA Moodle servers. Via group email messages, I also continue to communicate with participants from workshops for the past three years.  These messages keep them informed about new Research4Life developments and new/updated training material.


How many institutes do you normally train in a year timespan, and what counties/cities have you done in the last six months?

LWB has conducted 6 workshops in the last 6 months in Namibia, Nepal and Viet Nam.  The ones in Viet Nam were collaborations with the World Intellectual Property Organization.  The normal rate is 4 or 5 training sites per year with 8 to 10 workshops. In June, LWB and ITOCA taught a HINARI distance learning course in English, French and Portuguese.  71 individuals completed the online course.

Donate to HINARI and support Research4Life

We are always asked by partners to suggest different ways that individuals and society members can contribute to Research4life. We are grateful for your current participation, and are pleased to announce an additional way in which you can further enhance your support for the developing world. If you, your organization, or any of your society members would like to contribute funds towards programme activities, you can donate to this account and support Research4Life:

Lancet – Access to content online

The Lancet now also separately available on Research4life

As a founding partner Elsevier continues to extend its content contribution to Research4Life and is delighted to announce that The Lancet is now also separately available to all countries in the Research4life programmes.  The Lancet believes that everyone has the right to the highest attainable standard of health and that care should be equitable and just. This initiative will ensure that The Lancet’s extensive portfolio of high quality global health related content is available to those who really need it.   It allows users of Research4Life to view all Lancet journals’ content on The Lancet website, and be free to browse its specialty Collections, and Global Health and Clinical Series on

New and improved Research4Life website launches

Research4Life is proud to announce a newly enhanced website has been launched at Thank you to the World Intellectual Property Organization for their support in making this a reality.

The website continues to grow, and in the near future will provide extensive information on training activities, increased multimedia featuring our users, and enhanced communication tools for partners to promote the Research4Life initiative to their organizations, their partners, and the rest of the world.

Interesting latest facts

  • ARDI: training remains a key theme for WIPO and ARDI, with 20 workshops having been conducted and an additional 30 planned for this year.
  • 2013 will mark AGORA’s 10 year anniversary.
  • Research4Life currently brings the contents of over 10,000 peer-reviewed scientific journals and some 7,000 books to researchers in the developing countries.
  • For 78 of the world’s poorest countries subscription charges are waived, while for a further 28 countries they are discounted by over 99%.
  • Over 6,000 institutions are currently registered for access to content available through Research4Life.


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Research4Life in Ethiopia – User Shares His Experiences

1st July 2011

Physiotherapist Mulugeta Bayisa’s experience with Research4Life’s HINARI programme has helped him find better ways to
treat his patients and teach his students. More than that, though, it has changed the way he thinks. July 2011

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