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Watch the FAO webcast on the 10th Anniversary of AGORA from Rome, Italy – FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva

13th November 2013

AGORA, a programme that brings key scientific literature on food, agriculture and related fields to students, researchers and scientists, has become a crucial tool for some of the world’s poorest countries.

Access to information is key to develop agriculture and ensure food security.

Ten years after its launch in 2003, AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture) now provides free or low-cost access to over 3 500 key journals and 3 300 books in food, nutrition, agriculture and related biological, environmental and social sciences.

“Lack of access to knowledge is a major bottleneck for many poor countries to develop their agricultural sector and ensure food security,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva celebrating AGORA’s 10th anniversary in Rome.

Click here to access webcast.  Filmed 16 September 2013.

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FAO Press Release: Bridging the information gap in agriculture

16th September 2013

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva awards Mr. Onan Mulumba for his outstanding contribution to the Research4Life Library Competition.
El Director General de FAO, José Graziano da Silva premia el Sr. Onan Mulumba por su excelente contribución al concurso “Héroes Anónimos”

AGORA makes online scientific literature available to over 100 poor countries – Tenth anniversary celebrated in Rome

16 September 2013, Rome – AGORA, a programme that brings key scientific literature on food, agriculture and related fields to students, researchers and scientists, has become a crucial tool for some of the world’s poorest countries.

Access to information is key to develop agriculture and ensure food security.

Ten years after its launch in 2003, AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture) now provides free or low-cost access to over 3 500 key journals and 3 300 books in food, nutrition, agriculture and related biological, environmental and social sciences.

“Lack of access to knowledge is a major bottleneck for many poor countries to develop their agricultural sector and ensure food security,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva celebrating AGORA’s 10th anniversary in Rome.

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CABI Boosts Contribution to Research4Life with 77 New Titles on Agriculture, Plant and Veterinary Science

10th September 2013

Access to Research in the Developing World

Press Release

10 September 2013 –  CAB International (Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International) announced today they will be provide free access to 77 recently published CABI books through Research4Life, a global UN-publisher initiative providing free and low cost access to researchers in developing countries. The recent editions on agriculture, plant and veterinary science will be available to eligible institutions as part of AGORA, Research4Life’s Global Online Research in Agriculture programme.

Launched by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 2003 in partnership with major publishers, AGORA is celebrating its 10th Anniversary providing researchers, students, policymakers, non-profits and agriculturalists in developing countries with free and low cost access to a unique digital library in the fields of food, agriculture, environmental science and related social sciences. CABI is a founding member of the AGORA programme, joining as part of its commitment to furthering knowledge management in international development.

The over 70 books offered by CABI include titles published from 2008 to 2010, giving users access to critical peer reviewed information. These books will be added to the current online resources available through AGORA.  Currently, over 2200 institutions have registered for access to AGORA which provides access to over 3400 journals, up to 2000 e-books, and up to 20 other information resources. covering agriculture, fisheries, food, nutrition, veterinary science and related biological, environmental and social sciences in public institutions across the world.

Trevor Nicholls, CEO of CABI, said, “A key part of our mission is to strengthen access to research knowledge, especially in the world’s poorest countries. As a world class publisher in agriculture and the environment, we’re delighted to offer free resources to the researchers who need it most, through this global open initiative.”

“This latest addition of books from CABI’s high quality selection is a further generous contribution to AGORA from one of the founder publisher partners,” said Stephen Rudgard, AGORA programme manager, FAO. “The collection will be greatly appreciated by users.”

Additionally, CABI provides free health-related books to HINARI Access to Research in Health Programme – one of the other four Research4Life Programmes – launched and managed by the World Health Organization (WHO) since 2002 which enables low and middle income countries to gain access to biomedical and health literature.

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Notes to Editors:

Details about eligibility for free access to this information can be found here: http://www.aginternetwork.org/en/about_agora/elegibility.html

 

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About CABI

CABI is a not for profit organisation that improves people’s lives worldwide by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. Its mission and direction is influenced by its 47 member countries who help guide the activities undertaken as a business. These include scientific publishing, projects and consultancy, information for development and mycological services. CABI’s activities contribute directly to achieving Global Development Objectives, particularly those concerned with poverty reduction, environmental sustainability and partnership for development. For more information on CABI go to www.cabi.org .CABI Publications and Resources: CABI is a world-leading publisher of bibliographic databases, books, CABI re-index improves searching and retrieval for database products.

About Research4Life

Research4Life (www.research4Life.org) 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. Visit www.research4life.org.

 

Contact:       Charlotte Masiello-Riome,  Research4Life Communicationscommunications@research4Life.org Twitter: @R4LPartnership

 

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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.”

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About Research4Life

Research4Life (www.research4Life.org) 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 communications@research4Life.org Twitter: @R4LPartnership

 

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Research4Life Reaches Milestone of 35,000 Free and Low Cost Peer Reviewed Resources for Developing World

5th June 2013

Publisher partnership continues to add new journals, books and databases for researchers and doctors through HINARI, AGORA, OARE, and ARDI programmes

London, United Kingdom – London,  5th June 2013 – The Research4Life partners announced today that the total number of its offering of peer-reviewed resources has now surpassed 35,000. The total number of journals now tops 13,000, with e-books totaling over 22,000.The Research4Life  partnership currently provides over 6,000 institutions in more than 100 developing countries with free or low cost access to peer-reviewed online content from the world’s leading scientific, technical and medical publishers.

“This is wonderful growth when you realize we launched OARE in 2006 with less than 1,300 journals,” remarked Mohamed Atani, OARE Programme Manager at the United Nations Environment Programme, “We’re working on further growth, however our main focus now is to drive usage and build research capacity in eligible countries.”

Dr. Arun Neopane, a pediatrician at Kathmandu’s Shree Birendra Hospital, and active Research4life user said,”I can remember those days when we had to go to the library and sit in the archives section turning page after page, reading all the abstracts and getting them Xeroxed, and finally coming back to square one, frustrated by the literature search and finally not finding what one needed. Gone are those days for doctors now, and all because of free access to medical literature through HINARI.”

“As the youngest Research4Life programme, ARDI – Access to Research for Development and Innovation – has been able to build on the partnership to support researchers in the innovation process through applied science and technology,” noted Andrew Czajkowski, ARDI Programme Manager at the World Intellectual Property Organization, “The steady rise in content is an excellent sign and we hope that this will spur an active exchange of innovative ideas and technologies between North and South.”

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About Reseach4Life (www.research4life.org)
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 some 18,000 peer-reviewed international scientific journals, books, and databases provided by the world’s leading science publishers.

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Notes to Editors:

Case studies about the impact of Research4life on scientists, doctors, nurses and librarians can be found in the 2012, “Making a Difference” booklet. Interviews with the Research4Life partners and programme managers are available upon request.

 

Media Contact:
Charlotte Masiello-Riome, Research4Life Communications Coordinator, communications@research4life.org

 

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Beyond the 2015 Horizon: Research4Life’s Current Strategic Plan

28th May 2013

Beyond the 2015 Horizon cover

Our first strategic plan for Research4Life as a whole, The Path to 2015, was produced in 2006 and was based on the findings and recommendations of the previous year’s user and infrastructure reviews. Our latest plan, Beyond the 2015 Horizon, was published in 2011 and once again has built its content and structure from the findings and recommendations of detailed external reviews conducted during the previous year.

In addition to outlining the five strategic goals which form the heart of our strategy for the next five years, the plan document also summarises in one place a wide range of basic information about Research4Life, its provenance, mission, and modus operandi.

From the link below you can download:

For more information, please contact us at info@research4life.org

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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 (www.tedmed.com)  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 ANNOUNCES CONTEST HIGHLIGHTING LIBRARY IMPACT

6th March 2013

For Release: March 6th 2013

Contact:       Charlotte Masiello-Riome,  Research4Life Communications communications@research4Life.org 

Follow R4L on Twitter at  @R4LPartnership


Global case study competition focuses on how vital collaboration between Research4Life and librarians powers effective research in developing countries.

London, United Kingdom 6 March 2013 – The Research4Life partnership announced today a case study competition to recognize the role of librarians and library staff in building the research capacities of scientists, doctors and policymakers and helping to boost research output within their institutions.

Since 2001, the Research4Life initiative has developed into a partnership of over 200 scientific publishers around the globe, giving researchers at more than 6,000 institutions in over 100 developing world countries and territories free or low cost online access to nearly 30,000 peer-reviewed international scientific journals, books, and databases provided by the world’s leading scientific, technical and medical publishers.

Research4Life has launched the library impact case study competition in celebration of the work that librarians do and to facilitate the sharing of best practice. The competition aims to highlight the dedication and capacity building of those who assist researchers in accessing and using vital information within their institutions.  The competition will run from the 6th of March through the 27th of April 2013.  Online applications will be accepted through April 27th 12 am GMT.  Submissions of library case studies will be reviewed by a committee of distinguished international librarians and trainers. Thewinner will be announced in June and invited 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.

 

“From information literacy training to building infrastructure and concerted outreach, librarians are critical to building a healthy research culture in the developing world—and they are often the unsung heroes,” said Emily Gillingham, Chair of the Executive Council for Research4Life and Director of Library Relations at Wiley, “We hope our competition will raise awareness about the essential role played by librarians across the developing world.”

The Research4Life Librarian Competition is open to all librarians and library staff whose institution is a registered user of one of the Research4Life 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). Eligible countries, areas, and territories are available on the Research4Life website.

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Notes to Editors:
The
online application form will be open for submissions from March 6th through the 27th of April 2013.  In 2011, Research4Life celebrated HINARI’s 10th anniversary and produced “Making a Difference”,  case studies about the impact of Research4life on scientists, doctors, nurses and librarians.  Interviews with the Research4Life partners and programme managers are available upon request.

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About Research4Life

Research4Life (www.research4Life.org) 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 nearly 30,000 peer-reviewed international scientific journals, books, and databases provided by the world’s leading science publishers.

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Over 12,000 Wiley Online Books Made Available in Developing Countries Via Research4Life

6th February 2013

Media Contact:
Ben Norman (UK) +44 (0) 1243 770 375

Amy Molnar (US) +1 201-748-8844
sciencenewsroom@wiley.com

 

Over 12,000 Wiley Online Books Made Available in Developing Countries Via Research4Life

Hoboken, NJ, February 6, 2013, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., today announced that its 12,200 Online Books would be made available through the Research4Life initiatives of HINARI, AGORA and OARE, benefitting research and academic communities in 80 low- and middle-income countries including Malawi, Cambodia, and Bolivia.

Research4Life provides 6,000 institutions in developing countries with free or low cost access to peer-reviewed online content from the world’s leading scientific, technical and medical publishers. The addition of Wiley’s Online Books brings the total number of peer reviewed scientific journals, books and databases now available through the public-private Research4life partnership to almost 30,000.

“Our goal with Research4Life is to provide and support quality research in developing countries in order to advance higher education, inform public policy decisions and ultimately improve quality of life,” said Emily Gillingham, Director of Library Relations at Wiley who also serves as the new Chair of the Executive Council for Research4Life. “We hope the addition of this vast collection of Online Books will make a real difference to researchers in countries which can least afford it and as such is a central part of Wiley’s social responsibility program”.

“Through Research4Life we’ve been able to really level the playing field in terms of access to primary research material in the developing world”, said Kimberly Parker, HINARI Programme Manager at the World Health Organization.  “This is vital for supporting local authorship and helping researchers in poorer countries to participate in and contribute to the global scientific knowledge base”.

The Wiley Online Books Collection includes handbooks, dictionaries, companions, encyclopedias and landmark book series from award-winning authors and renowned researchers in the life, health and physical sciences, social sciences and the humanities.  Online Books are available on Wiley Online Library and offer the benefits of unlimited concurrent user access, cross-searching with journals, and no DRM restrictions.  Access to the majority of Wiley’s peer-reviewed journals, the Cochrane Library, Current Protocols and major reference works are already included in the Research4Life programmes.

“We are delighted to be able to add Wiley’s books to Research4Life for access by researchers in eighty countries across Africa, Latin America, and Asia”, said Antonia Seymour, VP and Director of Science, Technical, Medical and Scholarly Books at Wiley.  “Not only will they have access to our 12,200 Online Books already digitized but we will also be adding the 100 or so new books published each month”, she added.

 

More Information:

Case studies about the impact of Research4life on scientists, doctors, nurses and librarians can be found in the 2012, “Making a Difference” booklet. Interviews with the Research4Life partners and program managers are available upon request.

URL: http://www.research4life.org/competitionbook

About Reseach4Life:
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 almost 30,000 peer-reviewed international scientific journals, books, and databases provided by the world’s leading science publishers

URL: www.research4life.org

Contact Reseach4Life:

Charlotte Masiello-Riome

Research4Life Communications Coordinator

communications@research4life.org

 

About Wiley:

Founded in 1807, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has been a valued source of information and understanding for more than 200 years, helping people around the world meet their needs and fulfil their aspirations. Wiley and its acquired companies have published the works of more than 450 Nobel laureates in all categories: Literature, Economics, Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, and Peace.

 

Wiley is a global provider of content and content-enabled workflow solutions in areas of scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly research; professional development; and education. Our core businesses produce scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly journals, reference works, books, database services, and advertising; professional books, subscription products, certification and training services and online applications; and education content and services including integrated online teaching and learning resources for undergraduate and graduate students and lifelong learners. Wiley’s global headquarters are located in Hoboken, New Jersey, with operations in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Canada, and Australia. The Company’s Web site can be accessed at http://www.wiley.com. The Company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols JWa and JWb.

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RESEARCH4LIFE PUBLISHER PARTNERS COMMIT TO FREE AND LOW COST ACCESS THROUGH 2020

14th November 2012

18,000 resources available to the developing world via the HINARI, AGORA, OARE, and ARDI programmes

For Release: 14th  November 2012

For Information, contact: Charlotte Masiello-Riome, Research4Life Communications Coordinator, communications@research4life.org

London, United Kingdom – London, November 14th, 2012 – The Research4Life partners announced today that they have agreed to extend their partnership through 2020. Research4Life (www.research4life.org) currently provides over 6,000 institutions in more than 100 developing countries with free or low cost access to peer-reviewed online content from the world’s leading scientific, technical and medical publishers. The renewed commitment will ensure that the 18,000 peer reviewed scientific journals, books and databases now available through the public-private Research4life partnership will continue to reach research communities in low- and middle-income countries.

Nearly 200 scientific, technical and medical publishers worldwide participate in Research4Life. Since the programme’s launch in 2001, no publisher has withdrawn support from the partnership. A 2010 survey which formed part of a Research4life user experience review, revealed that more respondents (24%) cite HINARI as a source for life-science and medical research than cite any other source, while more respondents (32%) cite HINARI as the source they use most frequently. For agricultural research, AGORA similarly tops the list of resources used, with equivalent figures of 27% and 54% respectively.

 

One of the beneficiaries of Research4life, Gamal Khalafalla Mohamed Ali Director General of Sudan’s Central Medical Supplies Public Corporation who heads the national government agency responsible for medical supplies to all public health institutions commented, “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.”

 

“As the world community looks beyond the Millennium Development Goal milestones in 2015, the Research4Life partnership is setting an example by ensuring sustainability of these important information access initiatives through 2020,” noted Richard Gedye, Director of Outreach Programs, International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers.

 

“The partnership has extended its commitment to the programmes several times since the HINARI programme for Access to Research in Health was launched in 2001. The last two extensions were for 9 and 8 years respectively.  I applaud the long-term commitment by the partnership in support of low- and middle-income country researchers, who have been making such strides in improving scientific practice, policy, and education in the last ten years,” said Kimberly Parker, HINARI Programme Manager at the World Health Organization.

 

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About Reseach4Life
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 some 18,000 peer-reviewed international scientific journals, books, and databases provided by the world’s leading science publishers.

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Notes to Editors:

Case studies about the impact of Research4life on scientists, doctors, nurses and librarians can be found in the 2012, “Making a Difference” booklet. Interviews with the Research4Life partners and program managers are available upon request.

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Research4Life greatly expands peer reviewed research available to developing world

16th May 2012

Over 7,000 Elsevier books now accessible through HINARI, AGORA, OARE, and ARDI

For Release: 16 May 2012

For Information, contact: Charlotte Masiello-Riome, Research4Life Communications Coordinator, communications@research4life.org

London, United Kingdom – London, May 16, 2012 – Research4Life partners announced today that the content available through its collaborative public-private partnership has dramatically increased since 2011 to reach 17,000 peer reviewed scientific journals, books and databases. Research4Life provides over 6,000 institutions in more than 100 developing countries with free or low cost access to peer-reviewed online content from the world’s leading scientific, technical and medical publishers. The recent sharp increase in content is primarily a result of Elsevier’s contribution of 7,000 books in 2011-2.

The inclusion of Elsevier’s entire SciVerse ScienceDirect ebook collection follows the publisher’s incremental contributions of 1,700 clinical and science and technology books in 2011. One of the founding members of Research4Life, Elsevier also makes available over 2,000 electronic journals and SciVerse Scopus, an abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature with over 19,500 titles from 5,000 publishers. In 2006 publishers began pioneering the addition of ebooks to Research4Life, including ebook contributions from American Psychiatric Publishing Inc., Oxford University Press, the Worldwatch Institute, CABI, and most recently, John Wiley and Sons who made their Current Protocol book series available through HINARI in 2011.

“The developing world benefits enormously from the online book collections made available by our publisher partners. The new content is a significant addition, more than doubling Research4Life’s information resources previously accessible to researchers and practitioners in low- and middle-income countries,” said Kimberly Parker, HINARI Programme Manager.

One of the beneficiaries of Research4life, Dr. Patrick Kyamanywa, Dean, Faculty of Medicine National University of Rwanda, welcomes this significant expansion of the initiative’s ebook content explaining, “A culture of evidence-based practice can no longer be an option but the rule. The publishers involved in the HINARI project should be praised for their commitment to improving access to information to students, researchers and practitioners in some of the poorest countries in the world. Elsevier appears to be leading the way and our hope is that other publishers will follow suit and help achieve the target of ‘Health Information For All by 2015’”.

About Reseach4Life

Since 2002, 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 given researchers at more than 6,000 institutions in over 100 developing world countries and territories free or low cost online access to some 17,000 peer-reviewed international scientific journals, books, and databases provided by the world’s leading science publishers.

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Research Output in Developing Countries Reveals 194% Increase in Five Years (PDF)

2nd July 2009

Research4Life Demonstrates Profound Impact on Scholarly Landscape

London, 2 July 2009 – The partners of Research4Life announced today at the World Conference of Science Journalists 2009 that a new research impact analysis has demonstrated a dramatic rise in research output by scientists in the developing world since 2002. By comparing absolute growth in published research before (1996 – 2002) and after (2002 – 2008) the advent of the Research4Life programmes, the analysis has revealed a 194% or 6.4-fold increase in articles published in peer reviewed journals.

Read the whole press release here

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Access to environmental research in developing nations grown to 1500 institutions in less than three years

14th May 2009

Amsterdam, 14 May 2009 – Research4Life today announces that the Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE) program has registered 1500 institutions since its launch in 2006, an increase of nearly 700 percent. This means that scientists, researchers and environmental policy-makers in 1,500 not-for-profit institutions in the world’s poorest countries can gain free or low cost access to the latest environmental science literature from the world’s leading journals, books and databases.

Download the press release here

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