Research4Life enhanced with new Country-Specific Search in Summon: More Accessible Contents among Your Search Results!

Did you know that you can now use a country-specific search in Summon that will help you find only accessible full-texts? Try the country-specific search when looking for research material in five Research4Life programmes!

Empowered full-text search using Summon Country-specific instances

Any institution (and its members) from Research4Life eligible countries, areas, territories(*) whose country is also listed in Summon Country-specific instances, can now have more accurate search options to find and retrieve full-text from all five Research4Life programmes!

As of November 2018, Summon has brand new country-instances such as Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Bhutan, Bolivia (Plurinational State of). In the long run, more countries will be added to the Summon list.

All country-specific entities added to the Summon Country-Specific List are extremely useful for users from Research4Life eligible countries with several exclusions (see Group B: low-cost access countries). This means that the country-specific search via Summon is a great way to ensure that all resources found on the platforms via Summon are accessible now to the user and that the search for research articles is not delayed by inaccessible contents.

Similar to Google, Summon generally isn't restricted to searching just the metadata or the bibliographic record and searches through full-text of most journal articles and many books - if these are available or provided.

Summon webinar "Two Sides of the Content Coin: How the Summon Index and 360 Knowledgebase Enable Discovery and Access" recording is available to be viewed as either a YouTube video or through a WebEx recording. It’s also accessible on the webinar program page

Research4Life is…

… a public-private partnership of the FAO of the United Nations, WHO, UNEP, WIPO, ILO, Cornell and Yale Universities, the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers and up to 175 international publishers. The goal of Research4Life  is to reduce the knowledge gap between high-income countries and low and middle-income countries by providing affordable access to crucial scientific research. Research4Life includes five programmes, namely:

  1. AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture)
  2. HINARI (Access to Research for Health programme)
  3. OARE (Online access to research on the Environment)
  4. GOALI (Global Online Access to Legal Information
  5. ARDI (Access to Research for Development & Innovation)

The concept of  Research4Life is to provide access to research in health, agriculture, environment, law, development & innovation. Research4Life empowers researchers in developing countries and supports them to base their work on the most recent, high quality and relevant scientific knowledge.

Thanks to the AGORA programme, researchers from more than 8,700 institutions in more than 115 low and middle-income Research4Life eligible countries have been provided with access to the highest quality online peer-reviewed journals and e- books, in agriculture and related sciences.

Contents of the five Research4Life programmes can be reached via a joint Research4Life launch page.

Research4Life eligibility criteria: For institutions based in Group A countries, access through Research4Life is free of charge. For institutions based in Group B countries, access through Research4Life is available for USD 1,500 per institution per calendar year (from January to December). Institutions based in Group B countries may benefit from a six-month free trial period (more details are provided by WIPO : World Intellectual Property Organisation)

REGISTER your institution to Research4Life

to access/use the content of AGORA, HINARI, ARDI, OARE and GOALI programmes!

Be careful selecting the CORRECT COUNTRY, AREA/TERRITORY NAME. If it is not listed, it is not eligible.


To help provide registered institutions with easier, IP-based access to Research4Life resources, @R4LPartnership is asking institutions/libraries to use IPregistry

Research4Life is a partnership that functions entirely on the basis of good will. If you have resources that could add value to the development of the Research4Life initiative, please contact: info@research4life.orgFollow @R4LPartnership on Twitter

For more information about AGORA:


A new series of free AGORA WEBINARS (in English, Français,Español) will take place in December 2018 ! Register by 28 November 2018 & Join us to learn more about information seeking and retrieval of AGORA content for topics that match your areas of interest! FURTHER DETAILS HERE

Follow @AIMS_Community on Twitter… And, thanks again for your interest! 

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