AIMS Newsletter no.72, March 2018

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GOALI (Global Online Access to Legal Information) is a new fifth programme under the Research4Life (R4L*) umbrella launched on 6 March 2018.  GOALI seeks to address the growing demand for access to data, information and knowledge provided by academic legal resources.  

GOALI will offer free or low cost online access to academic legal journals, publications and databases. Researchers, students, librarians, policymakers, judges and legal experts will benefit from the access to GOALI content through their institutions.

Eligible institutions coming from low and middle-income countries are invited to applyTo establish your country’s eligibility and type of access, please, check this list of eligible institutions and you can register on GOALI here. Note that institutions that are already registered for Research4Life will automatically receive access to GOALI.

GOALI is a public-private partnership of the International Labour Organization (ILO) - a UN agency entrusted with promoting social justice, including internationally recognized human rights and labour standards, - together with:

> GOALI : Read on about the formal approval
> GOALI : Overview (Brochure)
> GOALI : New online access to legal information (Poster)
> GOALI: Frequently Asked Questions 

R4L (started in 2001, with HINARI programme) is a public-private partnership of the FAO, ILO, WHOUNEPWIPOCornell and Yale University Libraries, STM publishers and other technical partners. 


The goal of R4L programmes is to reduce the knowledge gap between high-income countries and low- and middle-income countries by providing affordable (free or low cost) access to quality academic and professional peer-reviewed content online.

Discover the R4L partnership and be part of the change !

Starting 2018, all academic institutions (from groups A, B of eligible countries, areas and territories) - registered for any of the R4L programmes - will get access to all R4L portals through a general R4L access. This means that any R4L user will be now able to access up to 81,000 resources from all R4L programmes! 

Moreover, R4L has recently introduced enhanced search facilities. From now on, you can use a SEARCH BOX that facilitates discovery (by keywords) of the whole available journal and e-book content hosted by R4L portals. This new search experience is powered by a discovery service and a one-stop search platform Summon that allows you to filter and limit your search results, gain time and enhance efficiency for your research needs. 

Another good news : R4L content is growing steadily ! In 2017, for example, Springer Nature opened its entire list of journals to R4L. Thanks to this addition, AGORA collection now includes 992 new journals from Springer Nature (read more on here).

You might be interested in finding out about "R4L content in action" from this hands-on AGORA storytelling, and from the R4L Stories of Change campaign.  


The registrations and usage of R4L resources have also increased due to a number of Capacity Development activities that constantly bring R4L training resources, online and face-to-face learning and workshops to eligible countries and users. 

At the beginning of 2018, two AGORA online training courses took place: 

Furthermore, AGORA e-learning portfolio has been enriched with:

During the past few years, a variety of coordinated R4L capacity development and awareness-raising activities - that have engaged a large number of R4L users in different countries :  

- are proven to be both key for enhancing of skills in accessing and using of information for better research, and a catalyst to improve decision-making and various governance issues.

If you want to make the best use of the R4L online resources, you might be interest in visiting the R4L ONLINE TRAINING PORTAL where you will find different R4L training materials (for free download) on :

To promote R4L programmes within your organisation/library, please, feel free to use:

If you are (as a publisher, institution, organisation) willing to support R4L Capacity Building and Training activities, please, contact [email protected].

For more information on R4L : Contact: [email protected]

If you would like to contact the R4L programmes directly, write to:

Subscribe to the Research4Life Newsflash and follow the R4L partnership on Twitter or Facebook

Join R4L DGroup – an e-mail based communication and discussion channel where members receive updates and news about Research4Life.

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And, thanks again for your interest !