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Research4Life Chooses PortSys’ Total Access Control to Ensure Critical Access and Authentication

4th October 2016

PortSys announces adoption of its Total Access Control product by the Research4Life partnership to replace end-of-life Microsoft authentication system.

Marlborough, Mass. October 4, 2016 – Research4Life and PortSys today announced the adoption of Total Access Control (TAC) to provide secure access to Research4Life’s nearly 70,000 peer-reviewed scientific journals, books and databases for researchers, health care providers and policymakers in low and middle income countries. The Research4Life partnership aims to bridge the digital research divide between the global North and South, providing access to over 8000 institutions in over a hundred countries.

“Research4Life is excited to embark on the next evolution of the partnership’s core technology. The migration to Total Access Control will ensure the continued support of Research4Life’s primary goal – to provide affordable access to critical scientific research for users from eligible institutions in the developing world,” said Daniel Dollar, Chair of the Research4Life Executive Council, and Director of Collection Development, Yale University Library. “Research4Life looks forward to exploring the capabilities of Total Access Control to dramatically simplify secure access and provide a seamless user experience.”

“This is such an important initiative that the people at Research4Life, as well as over 200 publishers, have undertaken,” stated PortSys CEO, Michael Oldham, “The task of being able to provide users in developing countries with access to invaluable research materials, health journals, agricultural information and so much more is an enormous enterprise by an amazing team of people from all over the world. PortSys is honored to have Total Access Control selected to assist in this effort. We believe it offers an all-inclusive solution which will make security issues simpler, stronger and more unified.”

Total Access Control brings together multiple technologies like VPN, SSL/VPN, Single Sign On, Portal Access, Multifactor Authentication, MDM (Mobile Device Management), Application Firewall, Application Acceleration and Cloud Access Control into a single, scalable product that manages access across the entire enterprise. Oldham continued, “If a security product makes life more difficult for the end user, you’ve already lost. Just walk around your office and see how many yellow stickies you have on monitors with usernames and passwords on them! That’s not security, that’s an open invitation. Total Access Control makes life easier for the end user while significantly strengthening security across the organization.”


About PortSys

PortSys, Inc., ( founded in 2008, is a privately funded company focusing on information security and access control. PortSys currently has customers worldwide representing some of the world’s largest financial institutions, government ministries, defense departments, utilities, healthcare organizations and industry-leading enterprises. With headquarters in Marlborough, MA, USA, PortSys also serves customers from its offices in the UK and through distributors throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa.

About Research4Life

Research4Life ( 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 for 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 70,000 leading journals and books in the fields of health, agriculture, environment, and applied sciences.


Media Contacts:

Natalia Rodriguez
Research4Life Communications Coordinator
Twitter: @R4LPartnership

Kristin Canders
+1 207-974-7744

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2016 MLA Hinari/Research4Life Grant Recipients

14th September 2016

The Medical Library Association (MLA)mla and the Elsevier Foundation have announced the recipients of the 2016 MLA HINARI/Research4Life Grants.

hinlogo-05Funded by the Elsevier Foundation, these grants will support HINARI/R4L training activities that promote the use of the programs’ scientific research resources in emerging/low income countries. The recipients will use the grants to benefit individuals to obtain skills to effectively and efficiently use the Hinari/Research4Life resources and also become trainers for their institutions or country.

The recipients will be honored at the Presidents’ Awards Dinner during MLA’17 in Seattle, Washington.

  • Martha Cecilia Garcia, Coordinator National Library of Medicine, Honduras, Facultad de Ciencias Médicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras.
  • Karin Saric, Information Services Librarian, Norris Medical Library, University of Southern California, USA.
  • Alemayehu Bisrat, Health Informatics Expert and Project Coordinator, Center for eHealth, College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.
  • Dativa Tibyampansha, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College, Tanzania.
  • Megan von Isenburg, Duke University, North Carolina, USA.

Congratulations to the winners!

Ready to Submit an Application for the 2017 Grants?

Choose the 2017 MLA Hinari/Research4Life Grant online application form. The completed online form and supporting documents must be received by December 1.  Be certain to follow the application checklist, as submissions lacking required information will not be reviewed.

For more information visit

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Research4Life Partners Newsletter November 2015

3rd December 2015

Table of Contents

Note from the Editor


Dear Partners,

With the launch of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in September, the Research4Life partnership is more determined than ever to bridge the digital divide with our free and low cost access programmes. Our twice-yearly newsletter is designed to bring you up to speed with everything (or almost everything) going on in Research4Life. It is in fact such a dynamic partnership, that it’s hard to capture all that we’re doing. This is a testimony to the incredibly dedicated champions across the partnership from the UN organizations to Yale, Cornell and so many of our publishers.  As you’ll see from our news, we’re exploring new programme ideas around the rule of law, additional UN funding possibilities, and much more. Take a moment to browse and share the latest case studies, milestones and social media campaigns. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and ‘like’ us on Facebook.  Want to get more involved? We have teams focused on everything from communications to training, fundraising, technology and impact. Contact us at

Ylann Schemm, Chair of the Research4Life Communications Team and Elsevier Foundation Programme Director


Research4Life Annual General Partners Meeting


Research4Life General Partners Meeting – Geneva, July 2015

The 2015 Research4Life General Partners’ Meeting (GPM) was held in Geneva, at the World Health Organization in July.  60 partners from around the world gathered for a very full agenda, including updates from each programme co-ordinator and the chairs of Research4Life’s teams and working groups. The annual GPM offers a welcome opportunity for members of our very dispersed partnership to meet in a collegial and collaborative setting. We finished our day feeling well briefed on developments over the past year and with some interesting new projects to look forward to.

A particular highlight  was the presentation of the two latest external reviews of Research4Life’s performance and effectiveness – the User Experience Review and the Review of Research4Life’s operational effectiveness and infrastructure. The discussions, and particularly the input from our two user representatives from Uganda and Vietnam, provided us with a useful opportunity to understand how the programmes are actually performing and to brainstorm on their future direction. These discussions were pursued in more depth at the Research4Life Strategic Retreat in Boston on 1-2 October. A team of volunteers is now working to draft a five year strategic plan to be presented at the 2016 GPM.

In addition, GPM delegates approved several important proposals:
Group B Research4Life eligibility was extended to the UK Overseas Dependency of St Helena, Libya and Argentina.  Group A eligibility was also extended to UNHCR-designated “Planned/managed refugee camps”.
Updates were also given on three potential initiatives:

  • GOALI.  A new Research4Life programme covering the Rule of law,
  • DARTT.  A programme for collaboration between Research4Life  and the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS),
  • Friends of Research4Life.  A proposal to found an fundraising organization.


Research4Life in the News


Training Workshops Highlights


Our latest Research4LIfe infographic, created by Natalia Rodriguez, offers an overview of the national training workshops conducted by the Research4Life programmes over the past year. Click here to read more and enlarge the infographic.

  • TReND in Africa Course on Science Communication and Writing:
    In September TReND in Africa organized a week-long course on Science Communication and Writing at Chancellor College in Malawi. Sixteen young researchers from six African countries learned theory and skills to reach out to the broadest possible audience. During the week, young scientists participated in lots of activities ranging from getting the research they need through Research4Life, to writing abstracts, designing posters and posting engaging articles on the course blog. The course was funded by the Elsevier Foundation with contributions from Sunbird Malawi, and crowdfunding via Indiegogo and Mendeley.
  • Workshops in Hanoi, Vietnam
    On September 28 and 29, Lenny Rhine gave additional workshops in Hanoi, Vietnam. The initial workshop reached a 100 students and offered a one day training at the Bach Mai Hospital, a huge tertiary care institution for MA nursing students and clinical cardiology staff. The training covered: Boolean search terms, Google vs. Scholar vs PubMed, HINARI and PubMed searching,  Evidence-based Medicine resources and How to Read a Scientific Paper. A second half-day workshop was given at the Hanoi University of Medicine. This briefer workshop focused on information needs for researchers particularly those working in parasitology and related subjects.


Kimberly Parker Wins MLA Lifetime Recognition Award

new_contentKimberly Parker, our HINARI Programme Manager, was presented with the T. Mark Hodges International Service Award in recognition of her outstanding work on behalf of the partnership at the World Health Organization. This award was established in 2007 to honour outstanding individual achievements in promoting, enabling, and delivering improvements in the quality of health information internationally through the development of health information professionals, the improvement of libraries, or an increased use of health information services.



Mendeley Blog 

b47ea894-2fe1-4e1c-8b2d-3d2894ee2587Mendeley published a blog explaining why they support Research4Life and TReND in Africa’s workshops. It highlights some of TReND’s courses as well. “Mendeley has a vision: to make science more open and to broaden access to scientific content where it can make a real difference to people’s lives.”




Publisher of the Month: Wolters Kluwer & UpToDate®

95dd80d7-bf80-46c4-991e-b8c85f83c357The Research4Life HINARI programme announced a partnership with Wolters Kluwer to provide free access to UpToDate® for the three countries affected by Ebola (Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea). Access is provided for an initial period of at least one year. UpToDate® is the world’s premier online clinical decision support resource from the Health division of Wolters Kluwer. Click here to read more on the partnership.


Update: DARTT and Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries UN Initiative

9b7777f9-3401-4e95-abb6-8789e524800eOn 2-4 September, HINARI Programme Manager Kimberly Parker and HINARI founder Barbara Aronson served as expert advisors in Istanbul to the UN High-Level Panel assessing the feasibility of a proposed Technology Bank dedicated to assisting the world’s least developed countries (LDCs) advance out of poverty. Kimberly and Barbara recommended that the Technology Bank incorporate an activity that could become a new Research4Life programme (DARTT) focused on LDCs. The Feasibility Report of the High-Level Panel was delivered to the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon on 22 September, and is currently on the Agenda for the 70th session of the General Assembly.  Assuming continued approval from the UN General Assembly for the initiative, and the pledging of necessary funding, the Technology Bank could begin operations as early as the third or fourth quarter of 2016.


Librarians without Borders Receives Elsevier Foundation Grants

7cf87f1b-3082-4a6e-9c09-b558da16a66fThe Elsevier Foundation announced it will support the Medical Library Association(MLA)/Librarians Without Borders®(LWB) E-Library Training Initiative for another three years with $45,000 annually, expanding Lenny Rhine’s work as a Master trainer to include MLA fellowships recruiting a new cadre of Librarian without Borders trainers. The Elsevier Foundation has supported LWB E-Library Training Initiative since it was founded in 2007. The 2016 – 2018 grants also ensure that the ongoing work to evolve the training infrastructure behind Research4Life is sustained.



Research4Life to Partner with DOAJ to Ensure the Inclusion of Quality Open-Access Journals

DOAJ-03Research4Life and DOAJ announced a working partnership ensuring that Research4Life-users will have access to the largest possible array of high quality open access journals. The partnership will also highlight the importance of peer reviewed open access material and will explore new syergies between the two organizations.  More information can be read in our blog.


New Research4Life Access for UNHCR Refugee Camps  in 2016

7e235273-3a07-4867-99b8-dd67546189abAfter receiving a request regarding the needs of refugees outside of Research4Life eligible countries, the Research4Life General Partners Meeting has approved the inclusion of UNHCR-designated “planned/managed camps” no matter where they are in the world. These camps will be provided Group A or free access. “Planned/managed camps” are the most organized and codified type in the UNHCR taxonomy of types of accommodation. Historically these camps haven’t had access because they are situated in ineligible countries or are under the management of international organizations which are themselves ineligible types of institutions. In 2016, Research4Life will open registration to “planned/managed camps” in forty countries, including six countries that are normally ineligible for the Research4Life Core Offer.



Update on Proposed New Research4Life Programme: Global Online Access to Legal Information (GOALI)

39787803-eb0d-42eb-8943-f458b54e7ee3At the last General Partner Meeting in Geneva, GOALI was granted a provisional programme affiliate status. A project team is now in place to set up GOALI within the current Research4Life structure, solicit content from publishers, seek funding and engage with potential UN or international partner organisation. GOALI will submit a full programme proposal at the 2016 Research4Life Partner Meeting. In the meantime, the project team will report to the Research4Life Executive Council on new programme developments.
To support the programme or for more information contact, Liesbeth Kanis.

Oxfam Research, Policy and Practitioner Content Now Included in Research4Life

ec225efa-5449-4b9a-968d-e87e4de0707eResearch4Life currently has over 50,000 peer-reviewed journals, books and reference works in its collection. Through the international NGO Oxfam, we are delighted to extend this offering to include other types of content of value to the researchers, academics, policy-makers and practitioners. Oxfam publishes original research, effectiveness reviews, briefing papers, training manuals, technical briefs, and learning case studies from the field on a broad range of topics concerning development and humanitarian contexts. These include, for example, climate change adaptation, resilience, water and sanitation, public health, food security, livelihoods, and gender analysis.  This ‘grey literature’, published on Oxfam Policy & Practice, is now included in HINARI, AGORA and OARE and supports the sharing of practical expertise and evidence into use. Based on the response to the new Oxfam content, we will likely offer additional high quality grey literature in the future.


Elsevier Foundation Grant for Marketing and Communications

1e8ec665-6026-45f8-ad39-16171f2882b9The Research4Life Communications team is very happy to receive a one time grant of $25,000 to support extensive marketing and communications outreach in 2015. Activities will focus on three of the five critical areas identified in the 2015 user and infrastructure reviews,including raising awareness of Research4Life in both the North and the South, engagement with users and participation in training.



Web and Social Media Update

51cfece3-ff93-49d4-aa29-d7b54002940fTo close a successful 2015 we have an updated website with new features and look. Take a look around and discover some of the new additions to our web portal:

  • New slides in the homepage
  • A footer menu and Newsflash subscription option
  • New Case Study section layout
  • Media Center with promotional material available to the public
  • The Training Portal has new and updated material including a calendar of events.


Latest Research4Life Stats & Facts

6140cd9d-ff62-4989-a6f1-09dd5c71a7fdBelow is a breakdown looking at Research4Life as a whole and the different programme elements as of July 2015. Research4Life currently makes available content from some 650 publishers, of whom 208 are full collaborating partners. Of these, 156 provide subscription based content.
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Research4Life Partners Newsletter March 2015

1st March 2015

Table of Contents

Ylann Schemm

Note from the Editor

Dear Partners, The Research4Life Programme is bursting with news for you to enjoy and share with your colleagues and customers. Top of mind is the MLA 2015 Louise Darling Medal which HINARI will receive for their stellar collection development in Health Sciences at the upcoming MLA conference. Well done HINARI! We hope you’ll take some time to browse the newsletter. We have videos, case studies, milestones, program updates and social media campaigns. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and ‘like’ us on Facebook. It should be easier than ever to stay abreast of ourprogram and share the important work we are all supporting with our content and expertise. Interested in getting more involved? We have teams focused on everything from communications to training, fundraising, technology and impact. Contact us at
– Ylann Schemm, Chair of the Research4Life Communications Team and Elsevier Foundation Programme Director

New “Unsung Heroes” video launched with Nasra Gathoni

On February 11th we released our latest Research4Life video, featuring “Unsung Hero”, Nasra Gathoni, Medical Librarian at the Aga Khan hospital and two-term AHILA president. We made the video with special support from SAGE, Oxford University Press, Taylor & Francis, Springer and Elsevier. Help us promote the video across your social media channels. The video highlights the important work of one of our “Unsung Heroes” featured in our 2014 case study book.

Kimberly Parker

HINARI wins MLA’s 2015 Louise Darling Medal

The HINARI programme has been awarded the Medical Library Association 2015 Louise Darling Medal for Collection Development in the Health Sciences. Kimberly Parker, HINARI Programme Manager, noted, “This honour is due to the hard work and contributions not just of the HINARI team and the colleagues at Yale who do so much behind the scenes, but also all the publisher partners who have contributed their content.  We would be delighted to have partners join us in Austin, Texas at the MLA awards ceremony on 18 May 2015 so that everyone who contributed to the collection can partake in the recognition.”

New AGORA Web site

We are pleased to announce the launch of the new AGORA Web site at  on 9 February 2015.  The main change is the new domain, clearly expressing the close relationship of AGORA with FAO.  Also, the look and feel have been improved to make the use easier. The new site includes links to the newly updated AGORA training materials and the new Research4Life training portal.

5 Years on: How Are We Doing?

At the July partner meeting, we will discuss two specially commissioned reviews which provide a critical comparator with those done in 2010. Below is a brief overview of what we are looking to achieve. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Richard Gedye, Chair of the Research4Life Executive Council and STM’s Research4Life publisher liaison.

  • The User Experience Review is being conducted by the Natoma Group which successfully conducted the 2010 review. It will provide:
  • Evidence of the rate at which the Research4Life programmes are used
  • Views of users about the value of the programmes to them
  • The impact the programmes have had on their scientific and workplace productivity
  • Factors that constrain the wider use of the programmes.
  • The Infrastructure Review is being conducted by the Research Information Network and is surveying Research4Life’s publisher, administrative, and technical partners in order to:
  • Establish what if any financial costs each partner incurs as a result of participation in the Research4Life initiative
  • Review their level of satisfaction with Research4Life’s operation
  • Make recommendations for the future organization and management of Research4Life.

Spotlight on IFIS, Research4Life Partner

As a not-for-profit, charitable organisation, IFIS’ mission is to communicate and promote knowledge of food, drink and nutrition science, in order to stimulate global education, research and vocational training for the future benefit of humanity. IFIS is committed to improving knowledge, offering access to the FSTA® database to researchers in developing countries through the HINARI and AGORA programmes. Find out more.

Natalia Rodriguez

Meet Natalia Rodriguez, our Research4Life Communications Coordinator

We’re delighted to have Natalia join the Research4Life Communications team as our dedicated, freelance expert on social media. Over the past 6 months, Natalia’s launched effective campaigns to grow our online Research4Life community. Natalia is a communicator based in Germany with a passion for finding innovative ways to communicate science. She holds a B.Sc. in Biology and a M.Sc. in Science Communication from the Technical University in Delft. Her experience is diverse, from working as a deep sea researcher in the Caribbean to designing a science journal in Brisbane, Australia. While finishing her Science Communication degree in 2012, she worked for almost a year with the Elsevier Foundation and the Elsevier Newsroom as an intern. Originally from Colombia, Natalia was herself a HINARI user during her undergraduate marine biology days. Learn more about her work:

Brand new: The Monthly Newsflash

Given the huge potential for social media platforms to increase awareness and engagement around our programmes, we have been working to boost our presence through different social channels with the latest information on the partnership and news tailored to researchers and librarians. Over the past six months, our community has grown dramatically. To keep you and your organization informed and supplied with highly share-able news, we have created a quick monthly newsflash with upcoming news, articles and posts about Research4Life. You can help us spread the word by sending the Newsflash to your communications colleagues and community managers.

Research4Life Online:

  • 1100 followers on Facebook
  • 778 followers on Twitter.
  • We are now also present on LinkedIn and Instagram.
  • The traffic in our website has also increased. From May to November 2014, we went from 10,000 to 13,000 page views/month.
  • Posting regular content on our new blog and creating a new Training Portal are some of the strategies we have implemented to keep our audience engaged and to provide educational material to support librarians and researchers.

Have an idea for a post or article to share on our website, social media or Newsflash? Contact Natalia Rodriguez at

Richard Gedye

Update from the Research4Life Executive Council

The Research4Life Executive Council met on 22 January and was chaired by Richard Gedye. The main item on the agenda was a discussion on whether it would be desirable to develop a formal legal entity which could support Research4Life by attracting funding to improve and enhance critical Research4Life infrastructure, training and outreach. For example:-

  • Improving our technology architecture
  • Pursuing more detailed and comprehensive usage statistics
  • Growing our training and capacity building
  • Enhancing communications and marketing to our user communities
  • Facilitating contact and feedback from librarians and end-users

Such a legal entity would have power to seek out and attract funding to enable Research4Life to invest more in training, outreach, and enhancements to its underlying technology – all of which would significantly increase the usage and the usability of our partners’ content in developing countries. But there would of course be resource and perhaps even partnership implications in becoming a legal entity and in embarking on a programme of targeted fundraising from potential donors and sponsors.

Our partners’ views on this are solicited in a section of a survey which is being circulated as part of the Infrastructure review. If you would like to express your views on this issue independently of the survey, please contact Research4Life Publisher Coordinator Richard Gedye through

Research4Life Advisors through Mendeley

When Mendeley joined the Research4Life partnership last year, they made the commitment to utilize both their free, cloud-based apps to open up science, as well as their global network of Advisors to help train, educate and increase awareness of research productivity tools.

In January, Mendeley Advisor Fidele Tugizimana, a Rwandan native doing research in South Africa, wrote about how he uses Mendeley to help his research. His work, “Why Mendeley has proved my ideal research companion – an author’s story,” was published in Author’s Connect. Tugizimana said he has found using Mendeley to be a “wonderful, effective and fruitful experience.” Join Fidele and the other Research4Life Advisors in the Mendeley Research4Life Group. We are looking to foster more discussions and connections using the Mendeley platform, but we need your participation and support. Want to learn more? Contact the team at

The 2014 HINARI Impact Survey

In 2011, Research4Life launched a user experience competition, asking users to share how HINARI, and its other programmes in the fields of agriculture and the environment, had improved their work, life and community. Making a Difference, a subsequent book of case studies celebrated the stories behind some of these competition entries, providing insights into how access to the results of peer-reviewed research from Research4Life publisher partners was benefiting the health, well-being, and economic and social development of communities in the developing world, as well as contributing to greater environmental health and awareness.

In the wake of Making a Difference, Research4Life approached academic research consultants Information Power in 2014 with a brief to develop a broader view of HINARI’s impact, via the medium of an extensive online survey of known and potential users of the service.
The results:

  • Of the 1034 individuals who responded, 81% were aware of HINARI and 67% defined themselves as HINARI users.
  • Of these users, nearly two-thirds were accessing HINARI at least once a week.
  • Interestingly, when asked when they first started using HINARI, approximately 10% of users revealed that they started in each of the past five years, suggesting that the HINARI user base is growing at a fairly constant annual rate.
  • The full results of the survey are available at Please contact Richard Gedye, Chair of the Research4Life Executive Council for more information.
  • We received some excellent testimonials as well:
  • For us in developing countries, the value of HINARI cannot be overemphasized. It is impossible to conduct meaningful research without access to full text articles of previous research and only HINARI provides this for us in developing countries
  • HINARI and AGORA are the two sources which are complete and user-friendly to me and many colleagues of mine. In the absence if these sources, scientific research and manuscript preparation would be practically improbable to me and many others in Ethiopia.
  • Thank you for making access to publications available to us. I personally value this. I am not where I was 5 years ago as a junior scientist and now on my way to being an independent scientist and training MPH students on research design and conduct. It has greatly improved the quality of my work and the ease with which I work. I cannot thank you enough.
  • As a young optometry student in Ghana, I was introduced to HINARI by a lecturer in the Optometry Dept in KNUST, Ghana, Dr. David Ben Kumah. By this, I downloaded my first journal article in ophthalmic epidemiology. This great introduction and tutorials on how to use HINARI for research, created a passion for research which I will forever be grateful for. Instead of pursuing clinical work after my Doctor of Optometry degree, I competed for a phd scholarship from the European Research Council which was being offered thorough the Waterford Institute of Technology. I am a product of what HINARI access can do. I believe there are many more researchers that are benefiting greatly from this program. Please keep on expanding this program. Thank you.

AHILA Highlights

The 14th Congress of the Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa (AHILA) was held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 20-24 October, 2014. Several R4L partners attended the Congress including Blessing Chataira and Chipo Msengezi of ITOCA, Gaby Caro of HINARI, Lenny Rhine, Librarians without Borders and Ylann Schemm, Elsevier Foundation.

The theme of the meeting was ‘ICTs, Access to Health Information and Knowledge: Building Strong Knowledge Societies for Sustainable Development in Africa’ – a topic that the R4L programs address. Lenny and Gaby delivered an authorship skills workshop, a HINARI update plus a HINARI users’ meeting with strong representation from the African Users Group. Equally important was all the networking before during and after the sessions including a wonderful gala dinner on the Indian Ocean beach.

Librarians without Borders Update

2014 activities included ‘Train the Trainers’ workshops in Yemen, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Zanzibar and Cambodia and several distance learning courses. Also, the HINARI training material has been significantly updated and streamlined ( with inter-programme material transferred to a new Research4Life Training Portal ( ).   This material benefits numerous trainers and users. Besides the basic Research4Life training modules, many of the participants at workshops have responded very positively to the Reference Management Software Tools and Authorship Skills material.

Research4Life in the News

Latest Research4Life Stats & Facts

At the start of every year, we take a look at the numbers and growth indicators. Below is a breakdown looking at Research4Life as a whole and the different programme elements. In terms of Research4Life partners, the tally currently stands at 194, with a total of 549 publishers of which 155 provide subscription based content.

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Research4Life – “Unsung Heroes”: Nasra Gathoni video-story

11th February 2015

A new video by Research4Life – in collaboration with Springer, Elsevier, Oxford University Publishing, SAGE and Taylor & Francis – shows the story of Nasra Gathoni, librarian at the Aga Khan Hospital University Library in Kenya.

Nasra story is part of the “Unsung Heroes”: Stories from the library publication. A selection of stories from librarians making a difference in the developing world.

For more information click here.

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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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