AIMS Newsletter no.45, November 2015


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

It aims to reduce the scientific gap between low and high income countries in providing access to the most recent, high quality and relevant scientific publications in the areas of health, agriculture, environment and other life, physical and social sciences. More than 8000 registered institutions in more than 100 countries, areas and territories can access up to 52,000 peer-reviewed international scientific journals, books and databases.

Research4Life is a private-public partnership including the World Health Organization (WHO), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Cornell and Yale Universities and the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers. Up to 200 publishers are collaborating with the Research4Life and are committed to the partnership in its current form at least until the end of 2020.

Up to 7800 registered institutions in 116 countries, areas and territories can access up to 45,000 peer-reviewed international scientific journals, books and databases. Full texts articles can be downloaded, saved and printed.

Countries that are eligible for the access are defined by various factors: their GNI, GNI per capita, the United Nations Least Developed Country (LDCs) list and the Human Development Index (HDI). Within the eligible countries, Research4Life offers to national institutions such as: universities and colleges, research institutes, professional schools, extension centers, government offices, local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), hospitals and national libraries. 

Since 2001, the Research4Life partnership has helped many researchers and students in the developing world to access scientific literature otherwise beyond their reach.

The Research4Life website ( offers various case studies that testify how Research4Life has made a difference. 

Highlights from the Community

  • Using Reusable Units of Learning Outcomes (RULOs) in the agricultural Vocational Education and Training (VET) system. The ECVET-STEP project has built upon a design patterns approach, developing shareable and Reusable Units of Learning Outcomes (RULOs). More info

  • New ODI Resource: e-learning modules on Open Data. The Open Data Institute in partnership with the EU have created free, publicly available e-learning modules on Open Data. More info

  • GACS thematic groups from CAB Classified Thesaurus. Integrating three thesauri -- AGROVOC, CAB Thesaurus, and NAL Thesaurus -- into a new Global Agricultural Concept Scheme (GACS). More info

  • Drupal 8.0.0 to be released soon. Drupal announced at the beginning of the month that they will be releasing Drupal version 8.0.0 premised for November 19, 2015. More info

  • Interlinking two institutional KOS about Agroecology: using LOD Agrovoc to circumvent the language barrier in identifying terminological intersections. This work had been presented during the poster sesssion of DC 2015. São Paulo. More info

  • New publication about agINFRA "agINFRA: a research data hub for agriculture, food and the environment". Read the new publication about the European project “agINFRA” on the F1000Research Open Science publishing platform. More info

  • User Manual for VocBench version 2.3 available. The manual provides users of VB v2.3 with detailed explanatory information on how to use the tool. More info

  • United Nations Foundation was selected to host the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data that was recently launched. The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (the Global Partnership) was launched on the 28th November 2015. More info

  • Global Agricultural Concept Scheme (GACS): The collaborative integration of three thesauri. From GACS to Agrisemantics. More info

Conferences and Workshops

Upcoming Webinars

  • 03rd Dec 2015. [email protected] on how to practically support Open Access: Guidelines for Data Providers of the OpenAIRE scholarly communication infrastructure, by Jochen Schirrwagen (Bielefeld University Library)
  • 10th Dec 2015. [email protected] on AGORA: Access to global agricultural research (AGORA: Acceso a la investigación mundial en línea sobre la agricultura), by Karna Wegner (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) - this webinar will be held in Spanish  
  • TBA[email protected] on Big Data challenges and solutions in agricultural and environmental research, by Rob Lokers (Wageningen UR (University & Research centre)) - in cooperation with the BigDataEurope consortium 

  • TBA. [email protected] on CGIAR and big data, by Elizabeth Arnaud (Bioversity International) - in cooperation with the BigDataEurope consortium 


What does “Peer Review” stand for?  Peer review is a process used for checking the work performed by one's equals (peers) to ensure it meets specific criteria. The objective is to verify whether the work satisfies the specifications for review, identify any deviations from the standards, and provide suggestions for improvements

More info: Peer review definition, how scientific peer review works, peer review in five minutes (video)

"research4Life: Access to Research in the Developing World", an interview with Kimberly Parker

Kimberly Parker is the Programme Manager of the HINARI programme, that is one of four Research4Life programmes. The HINARI programme is "home based" in the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.

Read the interview with Kimberly Parker in the AIMS Interviews section.




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