Asian University for Women, Chittagong, Bangladesh

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Research4Life aims to reduce the scientific knowledge gap between industrialized countries and the developing world by providing the developing countries with free or low cost access to peer-reviewed online scientific journals. Using four programs, HINARI, AGORA, OARE and ARDI, Research4Life allows online access to over 30, 000 peer-reviewed, international scientific journals, books, and databases. The main focus is on health, agriculture, environment and other life sciences, such as physical and social sciences, in the developing world. The website provides full text articles, which can be downloaded for saving, printing or reading on screen, and are sometimes available in several languages.

• HINARI (Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative) is managed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in partnership with Yale University library and over 145 publishers, and provides access to ~8,100 journals, databases, indexes and reference books in health research.

• AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture) is managed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in partnership with Cornell University and over 70 publishers. AGORA allows access to over 3,000 high quality international journals in the fields of agriculture, fisheries, food,

nutrition, veterinary science and related biological, environmental and social sciences. It also includes numerous important databases and indexes.

• OARE (Online Access to Research in the Environment) is managed by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in partnership with Yale University and more than 75 publishers. OARE provides access to more than 3,900 scientific journals and other information resources in a wide range of disciplines including nature and environment

• ARDI (Access to Research for Development and Innovation) is coordinated by the World Intellectual Property Organization, together with its partners in the publishing industry. ARDI includes literature from diverse fields in science and technology, so researchers can develop new solutions to technical challenges faced on a local and global level..

Libraries in academic, government, and research institutions in developing countries are eligible to register for access to the programs at www. Research4Life provides free journal access to group “A” countries and low-cost access to group “B” countries, depending on the position of the host country in the GNI per capita (World Bank figures), United Nations Least Developed Countries (LDCs) List, and Human Development Index (HDI).