Since 2002, INASP has partnered with national library consortia to negotiate for, and enable them to negotiate for, affordable access to research. INASP negotiates with publishers across many disciplines to provide researchers and libraries in developing countries with the journals, books and databases that they need at affordable prices.
Discounted or free access to scientific books and journals has been provided in up to 67 countries.
- Over 50 publishers, covering 50,000 journals and 20,000 books, feature in INASP’s offer.
- With support from INASP, over 1700 universities, research institutes, government agencies and hospitals across Africa, Asia and Latin America have been able to provide a steady flow of essential information to their staff and students.
- Partners saved an estimated $98m (£79m) each year
INASP’s Subscribed Resources Registration Dashboard, enables eligible institutions within partner countries to register for publisher resources and manage their subscriptions, while keeping workloads manageable and efficient.
This area of work was complimented by other projects to develop strong local capacity for sustainable access to research, including:
- Working with universities, research organisations and their associated library consortia in 22 countries to help them build their own negotiation and licensing skills. See Improving organizational effectiveness of national library consortia
- Building the skills of librarians, ICT professionals and researchers themselves to make the best use of the resources provided. See Professional Development for Academic Librarians and Strengthening NREN capacity to improve university networks
Negotiations for affordable access has saved our partners in the region of $98 million (£79 million), each year.
We have made sure that research institutions and local policy communities are aware of and able to access this evidence base to support their work.
Researchers are doing better science and students are learning more as a result:
- In Bangladesh, one research institute that benefits is the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research (icddr,b), whose work spans public health, promotes evidence-based interventions. Research published from icddr,b in 2016 demonstrated how changes in cooking practice reduce respiratory problems in women.
- In Uganda we brokered connections between the Consortium and the Parliament of Uganda research department, so that staff responsible for briefing MPs can access a broader evidence base when debating important legislation and policy.
- In Tanzania, entrepreneurship students, used research journals to learn about new agricultural practices and went on to train rural women farmers on methods to improve yields of the staple crop cassava.