Reduced inequalities

Science and research are key drivers for positive global societal change. As a partner in the research ecosystem, we have a role to play in reducing inequalities: we do this as a founding and driving partner of Research4life, a UN-publisher partnership to bridge the digital divide providing free and low cost access to research in developing countries. Over the past 15 years, we have also supported partnerships through the Elsevier Foundation to increase opportunities, visibility and inclusion for STEM researchers from developing countries, women scientists and underserved youth.

Explore our initiatives below, and browse our growing portfolio of journals and books related to inequalities issues.


SDG 10 - Reduced inequalities

Learn more about our partnerships to reduce inequalities.

Since 2006, the Elsevier Foundation provides over $1 million USD a year in grants to knowledge-centered institutions around the world, which address the UN SDGs through tech-enabled innovations in inclusive health and research.


Research Without Borders

Research carried out in African countries is often not effectively disseminated either to a national or international audience. Research without Borders is a volunteering partnership with the African Journal Partnership Program to boost impact and discoverability of African health research, tapping Elsevier expertise in publishing, marketing, operations and technology.


Librarians Without Borders

In partnership with the Medical Library AssociationLibrarians without Borders aims at improving countries' ability to strengthen their health sciences information capacity with adequate technological infrastructure and access to quality information. Our longstanding partnership supports librarian trainers with grants for virtual and face-to-face activities for Research4Life.


As a unique public-private partnership between UN agencies, universities, and publishers, Research4Life reduces the knowledge gap with free and low cost access to critical scientific research. It aims improve teaching, research and policy-making in health, agriculture, the environment and other life, physical and social sciences. Elsevier is a proud founding partner of Research4Life.

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Our initiatives


Publishers can use technology to make e-books and learning materials accessible to people with print disabilities. We work in partnership with some fantastic organizations around the world to learn about accessibility and implement the latest technologies practices in our products,

Open science

Working together, we can achieve a more inclusive, collaborative and transparent world of research. We believe open science can benefit research and society and drive research performance. Learn about some of the ways in which we are supporting open science.

Patient access

Browse our dedicated page for healthcare professionals and patients to access information and receive medical or healthcare related research papers at no cost. We know that people contending with medical conditions find it beneficial to access scientific information quickly and easily, and we hope this service provides that support.

LGBTQ-related research articles

In 2019 we commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots by making 50 articles on LGBTQ research freely available. They cover a broad range of topics and disciplines, ranging from health, life sciences, social sciences and psychology to economics.

SSRN's Race & Social Inequity hub

This hub highlights early-stage non peer-reviewed research related to systemic racism, racial violence, law enforcement reform, and social justice movements. It is our hope that these insights from fields of study will help eradicate racism and bring about lasting change. It is important to note that these papers have not been edited or benefited from the pivotal role of peer-review, which validates and improves the quality of final published journal articles.

Inside Elsevier

Elsevier Pride

We encourage individuals of any sexual orientation to be able to bring their full selves to work and inspire straight allies to spread awareness and knowledge. Our colleagues have started several chapters of our employee resource group, Elsevier Pride, around the world.


We strive to make our products fully accessible to all users, regardless of physical abilities. We leverage our strengths in the creative use of technology, advance and lead best practices and always adhere to applicable law and international standards. That's why we are a funding member of the Accessible Books Consortium.

To know more about our initiatives that contribute to gender equality, explore Elsevier Connect and read news, articles and more on SDG10.

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