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Publisher of the Month: Taylor & Francis

24th August 2016

Our highlighted publisher this month is Taylor & Francis Group.

 

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

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

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

The STAR program

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

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

 

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INASP and Research4Life Launch Research Advocacy Competition

28th June 2016

Global case study competition spotlights how users in the developing world have successfully advocated for a sustainable research culture.

London, United Kingdom June 28, 2016INASP and Research4Life have announced today a competition to recognize the critical role that researchers, librarians, policymakers, doctors and other professionals play in advocating their leaders to support research in their institutions and countries. The competition calls for case studies demonstrating how users have overcome hurdles to boost critical leadership support for the information and infrastructural resources needed to improve evidence based health care, agriculture and environmental policies as well as basic research in their countries.

Over the last two decades, INASP and Research4Life have worked to close the information gap between developed and developing countries by providing free or low cost access to academic, scientific, and professional peer-reviewed content online and providing the necessary training to support researchers, practitioners, librarians and authors in building viable research ecosystems. The competition will run from June 28th to September 15th and highlight best practice in garnering support from leaders to improve the sustainability of this access and usage. Case studies will be reviewed by a committee of distinguished international partners from the INASP and Research4Life communities.

Julie Brittain, Executive Director of INASP says: “Since 2002, INASP has been working with libraries, library consortia and publishers to supply relevant and appropriate online literature to academics and researchers in all fields. Top level support from institutional leaders has enabled librarians to provide access to much needed content and to build awareness and use among academics, researchers and students. We are keen for all those involved to share stories of how they have gathered support from decision makers and budget holders, as this is the key to on-going, long term access to research literature.”

“Since 2001, Research4Life has been working to provide access to critical research in the developing world. Our reach has grown to 117 countries and 69,000 journals, books and databases, but we realize more than ever that it can only be truly sustainable if leaders “upstream” of practitioners, researchers, and librarians are equally supportive of this need,” said Richard Gedye, Chair of the Executive Council for Research4Life and Director of Outreach Programmes at the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers, “Our competition aims to celebrate and share those advocacy successes.”

The INASP/Research4Life Advocacy Competition is open to all researchers, practitioners, librarians and policymakers whose institution is a registered user of one of the Research4Life programmes  Hinari, AGORA, OARE and ARDI or has access to research through an agreement mediated by INASP. Submissions will be accepted through http://www.research4life.org/research4life-inasp-advocacy-competition. The winner be announced in November and invited to present their work at the annual Publishers for Development conference and Research4Life General Partners Meeting in the UK in July 2017. Three contributing Research4Life partners have pledged prizes: Elsevier will provide the winner with a travel grant to cover their attendance at these meetings, SAGE Publishing has offered a one year subscription to a major reference work and Taylor & Francis will provide an honourable mention award.

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About INASP
INASP (www.inasp.info) is an international development charity working with a global network of partners to improve access, production and use of research information and knowledge, so that countries are equipped to solve their development challenges.

About Research4Life
Research4Life (www.research4Life.org) is a public-private partnership between over 200 international scientific publishers, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM), Cornell and Yale Universities and several technology partners. 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. Since 2002, the four programmes – Research in Health (Hinari), Research in Agriculture (AGORA), Research in the Environment (OARE) and Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI) – have provided researchers at some 8,000 institutions in more than 100 low- and middle-income countries with free or low-cost online access to nearly 70,000 leading journals and books in the fields of health, agriculture, environment, and applied sciences.

 

Media Contacts:

Natalia Rodriguez
Communications Coordinator
Research4Life
communications@research4life.org
@r4lpartnership

Alex Kealey,
Communications Officer
INASP
akealey@inasp.info
@INASPinfo

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WHO’s HINARI program partners with Wolters Kluwer to provide UpToDate to Ebola-affected African countries

8th September 2015

Waltham, Massachusetts September 9th, 2015 – The World Health Organization (WHO)-hosted HINARI program announced a partnership with Wolters Kluwer to provide free access to UpToDate®, its evidence-based clinical decision support resource, to the three countries affected by Ebola (Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea) for an initial period of at least one year.

The main objective of this partnership is to build and strengthen capacity in those countries by providing their health workers with free access to the new developments in physician care, new research and up-to-date clinical information. Having access to the best available information at the point of care will enable them to make better patient management decisions and create resilient health systems able to withstand crisis events like those of the Ebola outbreak.

Beyond this partnership, the UpToDate team from Wolters Kluwer and WHO, along with other HINARI partners, will also be exploring guidance for WHO’s Member States on how their healthcare systems can harness the benefits of evidence-based clinical decision support systems by integrating them into the clinicians’ workflow effectively.

There is solid evidence of the impact that knowledge systems such as UpToDate have on improved outcomes in quality of care, hospital operational efficiencies and clinicians’ capacity building and skills. The WHO Strategy on Research for Health (2012) declares that “health policies and practices globally should be informed by the best research evidence.” By adopting innovative data solutions, low- and middle-income countries can leapfrog to a resilient state, bridging the healthcare gap and driving better patient outcomes across the territory.

UpToDate is the world’s premier online clinical decision support resource from the Health division of Wolters Kluwer, a leading global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry. Physician-editors synthesize the most recent medical information into evidence-based and actionable recommendations that clinicians trust to make the right patient management decisions at the point of care. Accessible online through any electronic device (laptop or mobile) UpToDate has been adopted by over 30,000 healthcare institutions across 174 countries worldwide and has become the de facto standard used to answer clinical questions at the point of care.

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About Research4Life

Research4Life (www.research4Life.org) is a public-private partnership between over 200 international scientific publishers, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM), Cornell and Yale Universities and several technology partners. 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. Since 2002, the four programmes – Research in Health (HINARI), Research in Agriculture (AGORA), Research in the Environment (OARE) and Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI) – have provided researchers at some 8000 institutions in more than 100 low- and middle-income countries with free or low-cost online access to more than 60,000 leading journals and books in the fields of health, agriculture, environment, and applied sciences.

 

Media Contacts:

Natalia Rodriguez
Research4Life Communications Coordinator
communications@research4Life.org
Twitter: @R4LPartnership

André Rebelo
Manager, Global Public & Analyst Relations
UpToDate
Wolters Kluwer Health
Tel: +1.781.392.2411
Andre.Rebelo@WoltersKluwer.com
www.uptodate.com

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JoMI Joins Research4Life to Bring High-Quality Surgical Teaching Videos to over 100 Countries

2nd July 2015

Boston, Massachusetts July 2nd, 2015 – The Journal of Medical Insight (JoMI, www.jomi.com) announced a partnership with Research4Life that will make the journal’s video articles accessible in over 100 developing countries. Research4Life will provide access to the journal through HINARI, the Access to Research in Health Programme. This partnership will provide 5,700 eligible institutions with an educational resource critical for medical students, residents and attending physicians alike.

The Journal of Medical Insight seeks to mitigate the global discrepancy in patient outcomes between low-volume and high-volume hospitals and surgeons. On a population level, low-volume surgeons’ performance is inferior to that of high-volume surgeons. This trend may be exacerbated in developing countries where The World Health Organization and the Harvard School of Public Health discovered a “scarcity of surgical access in low-income settings.”* Specifically, countries that spend less than $100 per capita on healthcare annually account for 34.8% of the world’s population and only 3.5% of the world’s surgeries.

JoMI’s purpose is to increase surgeons’ intellectual and visual exposure to surgeries. The skills a high-volume surgeon gains from live surgeries are not merely fine-motor. They also gain an overall familiarity with the techniques required, possible complications and how to deal with various pathologies. JoMI provides a means for low-volume surgeons to develop these skills as a part of continuing medical education, in order to help bridge the outcomes gap. Each published article consists of a narrated video, animated visual aids, and a case write-up in order to provide physicians with a comprehensive educational experience.

HINARI’s dedication to improving public health services makes it a natural partner for the Journal of Medical Insight. Launched in 2002 by the World Health Organization, HINARI provides public health workers, researchers and policy-makers in developing countries access to high quality, relevant and timely health information. It is one of four such programs overseen by Research4Life, each of which focuses on research in a different scientific field crucial to the developing world.

“We are very excited to be working with HINARI,” said Nikita Bernstein, CEO of JoMI.  “We founded JoMI to improve clinical outcomes and HINARI presents a unique opportunity to deliver on our mission by facilitating access to the JoMI surgical training videos in the developing world.  We film surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s, and other top hospitals, and are excited to extend our resource to those who would otherwise be unable to access it.”

Dr Mohamed Jalloh, Urologist and Surgeon at Hôpital General de Grand Yoff in Senegal expressed enthusiasm about the partnership.“I have been eagerly hoping for just such a journal to be produced,” he said. “My colleagues in Senegal and elsewhere in the HINARI countries will gain much from this opportunity, and look forward to recommending the filming of further procedures of particular relevance to our settings. This approach would be of particular interest in remote areas lacking medical specialists where access to these movies can sustain the competency based learning/practice.’’

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About JoMI
The Journal of Medical Insight (JoMI) is a surgical video journal dedicated to improving patient outcomes and medical education by publishing high quality surgical teaching videos. Based in Boston, JoMI films at the world’s highest caliber surgical institutions, including Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham & Women’s Hospital and the Tufts Floating Hospital for Children. JoMI creates a virtual operating theater, allowing viewers to “scrub-in” and review procedures in a stress-free environment. The journal has released over 30 articles with a focus on orthopaedics and general surgery and is expanding to include all surgical specialities.

 

About Research4Life
Research4Life (www.research4Life.org) is a public-private partnership between over 200 international scientific publishers, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM), Cornell and Yale Universities and several technology partners. 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. Since 2002, the four programmes – Research in Health (HINARI), Research in Agriculture (AGORA), Research in the Environment (OARE) and Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI) – have provided researchers at some 8,000 institutions in more than 100 low- and middle-income countries with free or low-cost online access to more than 50,000 leading journals and books in the fields of health, agriculture, environment, and applied sciences.

 

Media Contacts:

Natalia Rodriguez
Research4Life Communications Coordinator
communications@research4Life.org
Twitter: @R4LPartnership

Gabriela Mizrahi
JoMI Communications Coordinator
gabriela.mizrahi@jomi.com
Twitter: @JomiJournal
Facebook: Journal of Medical Insight – JoMI

 

*An Estimation of the Global Volume of Surgery: a modeling strategy based on available data. The Lancet.

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