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

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