Since 2002, Research4Life have provided researchers at more than 9,000 institutions in more than 120 low- and middle-income countries with free or low-cost online access to up to 100,000 leading journals and books in the fields of health, agriculture, environment, and applied science.
As a founding partner, Elsevier contributes over a quarter of the nearly 85,000 peer reviewed resources in Research4Life, encompassing ScienceDirect and Scopus, including over 3,000 Elsevier journals and 20,000 e-books. In 2017, there were 2.4 million Research4Life article downloads from Elsevier’s ScienceDirect. We also provide technical and communications expertise to advance Research4Life, and have committed to the program through 2025.
Elsevier also leads 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.