Research4Life Publisher Partners Commit to Free and Low Cost Access Through 2020

 Research4Life Publisher Partners Commit to Free and Low Cost Access Through
                                     2020

  PR Newswire

  LONDON, November 14, 2012

LONDON, November 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --



  18,000 resources available to the developing world via the HINARI, AGORA,
                           OARE, and ARDI programs

The Research4Life partners announced today that they have agreed to extend
their partnership through 2020. Research4Life ( http://www.research4life.org )
currently provides over 6,000 institutions in more than 100 developing
countries with free or low cost access to peer-reviewed online content from
the world's leading scientific, technical and medical publishers. The renewed
commitment will ensure that the 18,000 peer reviewed scientific journals,
books and databases now available through the public-private Research4life
partnership will continue to reach research communities in low- and
middle-income countries.

Nearly 200 scientific, technical and medical publishers worldwide participate
in Research4Life. Since the programme's launch in 2001, no publisher has
withdrawn support from the partnership. A 2010 survey which formed part of a
Research4life user experience review, revealed that more respondents (24%)
cite HINARI as a source for life-science and medical research than cite any
other source, while more respondents (32%) cite HINARI as the source they use
most frequently. For agricultural research, AGORA similarly tops the list of
resources used, with equivalent figures of 27% and 54% respectively.

One of the beneficiaries of Research4life, Gamal Khalafalla Mohamed Ali,
Director General of Sudan's Central Medical Supplies Public Corporation, who
heads the national government agency responsible for medical supplies to all
public health institutions commented, "As a policymaker, I use research
published in HINARI for formulating research-based policies. I have written
many proposals and most of these find their way to implementation. A major
reason for this, I think is the evidence that underpins the proposals. To me
HINARI is like water and oxygen: it is vital for me."

"As the world community looks beyond the Millennium Development Goal
milestones in 2015, the Research4Life partnership is setting an example by
ensuring sustainability of these important information access initiatives
through 2020," noted Richard Gedye, Director of Outreach Programs,
International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers.

"The partnership has extended its commitment to the programmes several times
since the HINARI programme for Access to Research in Health was launched in
2001. The last two extensions were for 9 and 8 years respectively. I applaud
the long-term commitment by the partnership in support of low- and
middle-income country researchers, who have been making such strides in
improving scientific practice, policy, and education in the last ten years,"
said Kimberly Parker, HINARI Programme Manager at the World Health
Organization.

About Research4Life Since 2001, the four programmes, Access to Research in
Health (HINARI), Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA),
Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE) and Access to Research for
Development and Innovation (ARDI), have grown and developedto the point where
they now give researchers at more than 6,000 institutions in over 100
developing world countries and territories free or low cost online access to
some 18,000 peer-reviewed international scientific journals, books, and
databases provided by the world's leading science publishers.

Notes to Editors:

Case studies about the impact of Research4life on scientists, doctors, nurses
and librarians can be found in the 2012, " Making a Difference " booklet.
Interviews with the Research4Life partners and program managers are available
upon request.

For information, contact: Charlotte Masiello-Riome, Research4Life
Communications Coordinator communications@research4life.org +31-20-485-2025