Poll: Research4Life

17 11 2011

Wiley-Blackwell is a partner of the UN’s Research4Life programme (R4L), which provides institutions in LDCs with free or low-cost online access to research journals. The R4L programme consists of four projects:

  • HINARI Access to Research in Health
  • AGORA Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture
  • OARE Online Access to Research in the Environmen
  • ARDI Access to Research for Development and Innovation

Many of Wiley’s economics journals are free to access through this programme – for instance the Journal of Economic Surveys is included in the HINARI initiative, which means dozens of countries are eligible for free access.

Are you aware of the programme? If not, and you live or work in an eligible country, please encourage your institution’s librarian to sign up (registration details are provided on each programme’s page). If you have had any experience with R4L or have any comments, please let us know in the comments box below.



3 responses

17 11 2011
Muhammad Anees

Although my research involves health economics and knew about HINARY, I was astonished to see that Pakistan is not included in the free access country. What are the reasons? Is Pakistan not meeting the criteria. If Pakistan meets the criteria, how we can join the Research4Life.

18 11 2011
Anton Viesel

That’s a good question. I would imagine Pakistan doesn’t fulfil HINARI’s criteria, although it may be that there are other reasons why a country wouldn’t be included, but of which I’m not aware. I would suggest emailing hinari@who.int in the first instance for more information.

Do you know about INASP? They are a similar organziation, in that they work to support scholarly communications in partner countries – they are active in Pakistan.

18 11 2011
Muhammad Anees

Thanks Anton, I do know about INASP. I would check if they grant resources I need for my research in Health Economics.

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