Research 4 Life Programs

HINARI (Research in Health) was launched in 2002 by the WHO providing free or low cost online access to the major journals of the biomedical and related social science fields to public institutions in developing countries. 4,489 institutions in 109 different countries are now registered to receive access to 6,400 critical online journals from 160 publishers covering medicine, nursing and related health and social sciences. Elsevier contributes 30% of the journals and received almost 2.5 million downloads in 2011.

Inspired by the success of HINARI, the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization established AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture) in 2003 – providing access to research in agriculture and related fields to developing countries. Elsevier is one of the founding publishers, which impacts researchers, policy makers, educators, technical workers and extension specialists. Over 2,500 institutions in 107 countries have access to 3144 journals. 24% of the core AGORA journals are Elsevier journals from which 230,000 downloads were made in 2011. 

Through OARE (Online Access to Research in the Environment), a third global partnership was launched in October 2006 by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Yale University together with the International Association of Science, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM). In 2011, OARE provides over 2,000 public and non-profit environmental institutions in 107 of the least-developed nations with access to 4,500 peer-reviewed environmental science journals. Elsevier journals represent 31% of the content and in 2011 downloads totalled over 200,000.

ARDI or “Access to Research for Development and Innovation” was launched in 2009 by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). ARDI reinforces the capacity of developing countries to participate in the global knowledge economy and supports the creation of new solutions to technical challenges faced on a local and global level. Developed to provide critical patent information to researchers in lesser developed countries, ARDI was launched in collaboration with the Research4Life programs and 12 major scientific and technical publishers, including Elsevier.

As the fourth Research4Life program, ARDI brings to the partnership, WIPO’s expertise and resources in the area of knowledge infrastructure, including its free PATENTSCOPE patent search service and a growing network of Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs) in universities and research centers, whose trained staff support local users in effectively accessing and exploiting technological knowledge. . The programme provides access to over 200 journals of which Elsevier journals represent 20% of the current content available in ARDI.