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 with free and low-cost access to critical scientific research.

Unique contributions


Research4Life has five main programs that provide research for free or at low-cost to institutions in the developing world. The partnership's 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.

Since 2002, Research4Life have provided researchers at more than 10,000 institutions in more than 125 low- and middle-income countries with free or low-cost online access to up to 106,000 leading journals and books in the fields of health, agriculture, environment, applied science and the law.

As a founding partner, Elsevier contributes over a quarter of the peer reviewed resources in Research4Life, encompassing ScienceDirect and Scopus, including over 3,000 Elsevier journals and 20,000 e-books. We also provide technical and communications expertise to advance Research4Life, and have committed to the program through 2025.

Elsevier also leads the Research4Life Communications taskforce of publishers and partners. In addition to communications, colleagues throughout Elsevier are involved in Research4Life taskforces on access, authentication and training.

In addition, all gold open access journals published by Elsevier are included in the Research4Life open access eligibility program, offering authors APC waivers or discounts.

Discover the partnership

Dr. Nazim Uddin, Bangladesh

Nazim Uddin, the Senior Manager at the Library and Information Services Section of the International Centre for Diarrhea Disease Research in Bangladesh. Dr. Uddin runs this modern and up-to-date library in the middle of a slum in the city.

What is Research4Life?

Research4Life is a public-private partnership of the WHO, FAO, UNEP, WIPO, ILO, Cornell and Yale Universities, the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers and more than 185 international scientific publishers.

Mary Acanit, Uganda

As an Assistant Librarian at Kyambogo University Library Services in Kampala, Uganda, Mary coordinates all ICT-related activities in the library. She also organizes and conducts training in Information literacy and digitization.

Training support

The Elsevier Foundation supports Research4Life information literacy capacity building through grants, both for FAO-led MOOC  for virtual training of researchers and librarians, and through Librarians without Borders , a program for face-to-face trainings led by the Medical Library Association.

R4L training

Questions, comments? Get in touch with Ylann Schemm, Director of the Elsevier Foundation and External Partnerships.