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Access initiatives

In addition to our own work to improve access and availability of research, we maintain a list of access initiatives. These initiatives which provide online resources for online peer-reviewed information in a broad range of disciplines.


EIFL is an independent foundation that strives to lead, negotiate, support and advocate for the wide availability of electronic resources by library users in transition and developing countries. Its main focus is on negotiating affordable subscriptions on a multi-country consortial basis, while supporting the enhancement of emerging national library consortia in member countries.


Research4Life is the collective name for four programmes (HINARI, AGORA, OARE and ARDI), Research4Life provides developing countries with free or low cost access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content online.

  • AGORA  The AGORA program, set up by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) together with major publishers, enables developing countries to gain access to an outstanding digital library collection in the fields of food, agriculture, environmental science and related social sciences. AGORA provides a collection of 3,500 journals.
  • HINARI The HINARI Programme, set up by WHO together with major publishers, enables developing countries to gain access to one of the world's largest collections of biomedical and health literature. More than 12,000 journal titles are now available.
  • OARE (Online Access to Research in the Environment):  OARE, an international public-private consortium coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Yale University, and leading science and technology publishers, enables developing countries to gain access to one of the world's largest collections of environmental science research. Over 5,700 peer reviewed titles owned and published by over 340 prestigious publishing houses and scholarly societies are now available.
  • ARDI (Access to Research for Development and Innovation): ARDI launched in 2009 and is coordinated by the World Intellectual Property Organization together with its partners in the publishing industry with the aim to promote the integration of developing and least developed countries into the global knowledge economy, allowing them to more fully realize their creative and innovative potential. By improving access to scholarly literature from diverse fields of science and technology, the ARDI programme is designed to reinforce the knowledge infrastructure in developing and least developed countries and to support researchers in these countries in creating and developing new solutions to technical challenges faced on a local and global level.

The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library (TEEAL)

TEEAL offers full-text access to over 275 key scientific journals in agriculture and related sciences, including: veterinary medicine, environment, plant breeding, food science and nutrition, economics, and social sciences. The offline collection is sent on a hard drive that can be either installed on a single machine or locally networked. Institutions in over 100 countries are eligible for TEEAL. Cornell University’s Mann Library produces TEEAL in cooperation with 80+ participating publishers.

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