• How Access to Scientific Literature is Improving the Livelihoods of Communities Around the World

    These case studies provide insight into how access to peer-reviewed research from Research4Life is 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.

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  • Beyond the 2015 Horizon: Research4Life's Current Strategic Plan

    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.  

  • Research4Life and its impact on Agronomist in Burkina Faso

    Dr Sami Hyacinthe Kambire, a researcher from Burkina Faso, shares how Research4Life as helped him to develop better and more informed scientific writing skills, produce focused research that he can discuss with top researchers worldwide, compete more effectively for research funding, and deliver better teaching programmes.

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  • Research4Life helps charity improve lives of HIV-infected orphans in Zambia

    By providing high-quality medical care and personalized intensive adherence plans, TT&F allows patients to access the medical and social assistance they need, thus prolonging their lives and reducing the transmission of HIV in Zambia.

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  • Physiotherapist Mulugeta Bayisa on Research4Life and community impact in Ethiopia

    Mr Bayisa was introduced to HINARI. This, he says, marked a great turning point in his life. Using HINARI, Mr Bayisa was able to access original research articles, information on clinical trials, and reviews. Before HINARI, Google was his main source of medical information. But, without access to full journal papers, the information was often vague or incomplete, if it was available at all.

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About Research4Life

Research4Life is central to our goal of achieving universal access to scientific, technical and medical research information. As a unique public-private partnership between UN agencies, universities, and publishers, it reduces the knowledge gap between developing and industrialized countries with free and low cost access to critical scientific research. 

As a founding partner and the leading contributor, we make all of ScienceDirect and Scopus- including over 2,000 journals and 6,000 books - available through Research4life. In total, Elsevier contributes a quarter of the 35,000 international, peer reviewed journals, books and databases. In 2012 alone, this resulted in over 6 million downloads from ScienceDirect.

Research4Life has four main programs – HINARI, AGORA, OARE, ARDI – that provide research for free or at low cost to institutions in the developing world. In 2012, all of the partners formerly extended their commitment to the partnership through 2020. Our goal is to foster a strong and independent research culture in the developing world - one that is fully integrated into the international research community with sustainable economic development and enhanced quality of life.

Building a Global Research Culture

Lenny RhineThrough grants from the Elsevier Foundation, MLA's Librarians Without Borders (LWB) program have been able to provide a series of research capacity building "Train the Trainer" workshops and distance learning curricula across the developing world.  LWB coordinator, Lenny Rhine, University of Florida Librarian Emeritus works closely with the WHO and ITOCA to ensure maximum training reach and synergies. Distance and onsite training have proven to be the most effective way of increasing usage of the scholarly publications available through Research4Life taskforces. Watch the video 
In 2007, Elsevier initiated a communications taskforce of publishers and partners to boost the visibility of Research4Life. Projects have included a formal rebranding, films, bylined articles, panel discussions at science conferences, press releases, a website launch and research output press briefings. In addition to communications, colleagues throughout Elsevier are involved in Research4Life taskforces on access, authentication, metrics and training.
Interested in learning more? E-Mail Ylann Schemm, Senior Corporate Responsibility Manager, Elsevier.