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Open Access: Research4Life

Yale University Library Support of Research4Life

Yale University Library is a founding partner of Research4Life, a public-private partnership of the World Health Organization; Food and Agriculture Organization; United Nations Environment Programme; World Intellectual Property Organization; Cornell and Yale Universities; the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers; and more than 200 international scientific publishers. Research4Life’s goal is to reduce the knowledge gap between high-income countries and low- and middle-income countries by providing affordable access to critical scientific research.

Research4Life is the collective name of four programs—HINARI, AGORA, OARE and ARDI—that provide developing countries with free or low-cost access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content online in the disciplines of medicine, agriculture, environment, and technology. Researchers at more than 8,000 eligible institutions in more than 100 countries benefit from online access to up to 68,000 peer-reviewed international scientific journals, books, and databases, and full-text articles that can be downloaded for saving, printing or reading on screen.  Users can search by keyword, subject, author or language; access resources in several languages; and take advantage of information-literacy training and promotional support.

The Yale University Library supports the partnership in several different ways:

  • The Center for Science and Social Science Information and the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library provide collection development expertise in selecting materials for the OARE and HINARI programs.
  • The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library provides metadata support for all four programs. In 2015, the HINARI program received the Medical Library Association’s Louise Darling Medal for Collection Development in the Health Sciences.
  • Yale librarians serve on several Research4Life working groups and the Executive Committee.

For more on Research4Life, please see the publications Unsung Heroes: Stories from the Library and Making a Difference.

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