Research4Life in 2022

Published: jueves 22nd diciembre 2022
Category: Blog

2022 was a busy year for us at Research4Life. We launched the new Strategic Plan: Our Vision to 2030, initiated projects to better support our users around the world, made important changes in our leadership, and worked to expand our offer. Read below for a recap of stories from this year!

We launched the Country Connectors network project to support users at local level

Responding to the need to develop services to increase lower-income country research output, the project focuses on strengthening the capacity of information use and management, and build communities of evidence users within national and regional settings — with in-country networks and partnerships.

Ukrainian institutions using Research4Life increase almost tenfold

Research4Life Partners and the Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine have worked to ensure continued access to information resources. Marharyta Tsiura, from the State Scientific and Technical Library of Ukraine, says full access has been extremely important to Ukrainian researchers.

Stories from the field

Young Nigerian university ranks up thanks to Research4Life

The University of Medical Sciences became Nigeria’s first accredited specialized medical university, and now boasts nationwide recognition with its library as a flagship. Librarian Biliamin Oladele Popoola says Research4Life was the key to that prominence.

Honduran doctor devotes decades to Research4Life training

Thanks to Dr. Jackeline Alger and her colleagues in the Honduras Virtual Health Library, thousands of people have been trained on the use of Research4Life over the last two decades. 

How Research4Life changed the life of this university in Myanmar

Dr Nay Myo Aung shares how Research4Life solves the problem of inaccessible reference materials at his University Library — as well as making available the latest content, which is crucial in the fast-changing information-driven world.

Supporting knowledge sharing with Research4Life in Vietnam

Dr. Le Thanh Ni shares how Research4Life had been the main reference for reliable information at Cho Ray Hospital, and Le Trong Hieu notes that getting the most updated information can really help countries to grow, now that the speed of doing research is faster.

Our people

Dr. Gracian Chimwaza is the new Chair of Research4Life Executive Council

Gracian is also Executive Director of Information Training & Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA), a Research4Life partner based in South Africa working to promote and build capacity on the use of e-resources. His involvement with the partnership spans two decades, since the launch of Research4Life. 

Pascal Soubeiga, from ISTID Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, is our new user representative

Pascal has decades of experience as an information research consultant, and has provided over 300 training courses on Research4Life. He focuses on information and library sciences modules, working with librarians to increase the reach and usage of Research4Life.

Sarah Phibbs is the new Director of Research4Life Publisher Partnerships

Sara brings years of experience as a consultant for societies and publishers focusing on sustainable publishing, strategy, and innovation. She is working to transform Research4Life’s role from one way donation to enabling reciprocal, diverse and rich scholarly exchange.

Our projects and engagements

New AI model can help achieve the SDGs through Research4Life content

Researchers and publishers may soon be able to find new fields of inquiry relevant to the SDGs thanks to an artificial intelligence (AI) model being developed by for Research4Life.

Achieving an equitable transition to OA for researchers in the Global South: Latest findings

Back in 2020,  a white paper showed how the transition to Open Access could be more equitable amidst concerns that publication barriers simply transition from one point to another. This update gives the latest picture of how authors are choosing OA when publishing their research.

Panel: side event at the FAO Science and Innovation Forum

This high-level panel shared experiences on providing access to scientific research and coordinating actions to improve scientific publishing, in particular engaging with an increased number of actors from the Global South.