Research4Life Case Studies Highlight Impact of Access to Research in Developing Countries

Feb 29, 2012 4:50 PM ET

To celebrate Research4Life’s 10th anniversary in 2011, the organization launched a user experience competition. Users were asked to share how HINARI, AGORA or OARE has improved their work, life and community. In total some 60 entries from countries in all five continents were received. This impressive array of inspiring testimonies revealed a wealth of positive impacts brought about by Research4Life. This book celebrates the stories behind some of these competition entries.

This illuminating series of case studies provides insights into how access to the results of peer-reviewed research from Research4Life publisher partners 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.

“Elsevier is proud to be a founding partner of Research4life. Research4Life is central to our goal of achieving universal access to scientific, technical and medical information, and we’re very pleased to make all of SciVerse ScienceDirect - over 2,000 journals and 6,000 books - available through this unique public private partnership. Contributing our content not only helps doctors and nurses in the developing world treat their patients and enhance quality of life, it’s also critical for researchers and librarians to join the global research community. Our journals represent 30% of the journals in HINARI, 24% of the core AGORA journals, 31% in OARE and 20% in ARDI. To give you an idea of what this means: in 2011, we had over 3 million article downloads by health practitioners, librarians and researchers.

In short, Research4Life enables us to work with a critical mass of partners towards our goal of fostering 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.”

Alicia Wise, Director of Universal Access, Elsevier


Ylann Schemm