As the world’s leading provider of science and health information, Elsevier serves more than 30 million scientists, students and health and information professionals worldwide. We partner with a global community of 7,000 journal editors, 70,000 editorial board members, 300,000 reviewers and 600,000 authors to help customers advance science and health by providing world-class information and innovative tools that help them make critical decisions, enhance productivity and improve outcomes.
Elsevier’s pioneering Research4Life programme is central to their 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 between developing and industrialized countries with free and low cost access to critical scientific research.
As a founding partner and the leading contributor, Elsevier make all of ScienceDirect and Scopus– including over 2,000 journals and 6,000 books – available through Research4life. In total, Elsevier contributes a quarter of the 35,000 international, peer reviewed journals, books and databases. In 2012 alone, this resulted in over 6 million downloads from ScienceDirect.
Research4Life has four main programs – HINARI, AGORA, OARE, ARDI – that provide research for free or at low cost to institutions in the developing world. In 2012, all of the partners formerly extended their commitment to the partnership through 2020. Our 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.
Through grants from the Elsevier Foundation, MLA’s Librarians Without Borders (LWB) program have been able to provide a series of research capacity building “Train the Trainer” workshops and distance learning curricula across the developing world. LWB coordinator, Lenny Rhine, University of Florida Librarian Emeritus works closely with the WHO andITOCA to ensure maximum training reach and synergies. Distance and onsite training have proven to be the most effective way of increasing usage of the scholarly publications available through Research4Life taskforces.