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Research4Life Partners Newsletter

November 2016


Dear Partners,

2016 has brought us our share of birthdays with OARE turning a decade and HINARI hitting 15. We’ve celebrated with an exciting case study competition, this time with INASP, our longstanding partner in research capacity building. In June, we called for stories from doctors, researchers, policymakers and librarians who have successfully advocated for research support boosting the role of evidence across all their sectors. A competition like this not only helps us connect with Research4Life users, it also helps us share their compelling stories with our partners, potential funders, policymakers and journalists.

2016 is also the year we transitioned to a new Research4Life Executive Council Chair and we’d like to send a huge thank you to our immediate past Chair Richard Gedye, Director of Outreach Programmes, International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM) for sharing his expertise and energy over the past two years. Thankfully, Richard will continue to drive and participate in many of Research4Life’s teams contributing to our partnership’s impact, fundraising and governance. We are also keen to welcome our brand new Chair, Daniel Dollar, Director of Collection Development at Yale University Library a longtime Research4Life advocate.  Kimberly Parker, HINARI programme manager, will serve as Vice Chair, taking over the gavel in two years’ time. 

Read on to find out more about our anniversaries, who the competition winners are and what we’ve been up to the last few months. Interested in getting more involved or telling the Research4Life story from your own organization?  Contact us at info@research4life.org.

Ylann Schemm, Chair of the Research4Life Communications & Marketing Team and Elsevier Foundation Programme Director




Partnership Highlights 




Highlights from The Research4Life General Partners Meeting

The Research4Life Annual General Partners Meeting was held at Cornell University’s Weill Cornell Medical College on 20 and 21 July 2016 in New York City. The meeting brought together some 50 delegates and observers representing our publishing community, the United Nations agencies, University libraries, the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers and two representatives from the user community.
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The New Research4Life’s Strategic Plan

During the last General Partners Meeting held in New York, a new Strategic Plan: “Our Vision for 2020 and Beyond”was presented. The document gives an overview of the context and current structure of the Research4Life partnership and outlines the goals that aim to expand the reach and use of the partnership. Read more




OARE turns 10!

OARE is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Launched in October 2006, OARE has a mission to improve the quality and effectiveness of environmental science research, education and training in low-income countries. For the past decade, OARE has been opening doors for scientists worldwide. Happy Birthday OARE!




Grants and Competitions 




Research4Life/INASP Advocacy Competition Finalists

With more than 150 applications received, the R4L/INASP Advocacy Competition found outstanding stories from users successfully advocating for research support from all over the world. After an active deliberation process we are glad to announce the winners of the competition. Discover the winners




Research4Life/MLA Grant winners

The Medical Library Association (MLA) and the Elsevier Foundation have announced the recipients of the 2016 MLA Hinari/Research4Life Grants. Funded by the Elsevier Foundation, these grants will support Hinari/Research4Life training activities that promote the use of the programmes’ resources in emerging/low income countries. Read more




Winners of the Research4Life Draw announced

Research4Life provides access to thousands of journals, but it is a rare occasion when it can offer a physical printed publication to one of its registered institutions. Institutions which paid for 2016 access to Research4Life were automatically entered into a special drawing to win a major reference work from one of the publisher partners. Read the full blog post








PortSys to work with Research4Life on a new Authentication System

Research4Life and PortSys announced the adoption of Total Access Control (TAC) to provide secure access to Research4Life’s content. The migration to Total Access Control will help ensure the continued support of Research4Life’s primary goal – “to provide affordable access to critical scientific research for users from eligible institutions in the developing world,” said Daniel Dollar, Chair of the Research4Life Executive Council, and Director of Collection Development, Yale University Library.




Welcome Shereen Zorba, new OARE Programme Manager

OARE has even more reason to celebrate, with Shereen Zorba joining as UNEP’s new OARE program director. Shereen has more than 10 years’ experience in strategic communication. She started working as Chief of Communications and Outreach at UNEP in 2001.
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Oxfam Research Guidelines now on Research4Life

n November 2012, Oxfam, launched a series of guidelines to help development practitioners conduct high-quality research. Since July 2016, one of the guidelines, Reviewing the existing literature now reflects the work of Research4Life and INASP -one of Research4Life’s partners- in making books, journals, and databases more widely accessible to researchers in the developing world. Read more








Capacity Development Team Highlights

A new Hinari Master Trainer Distance Course, hosted by ITOCA is currently running. We have also held several training workshops in Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal (Hinari), Ghana (AGORA) in addition to TEEAL/AGORA courses run by ITOCA, and shorter courses in Bangladesh, Nigeria and Papua New Guinea (Hinari).  One of the highlights of the past months is the massive new input of 1,209 new journals to AGORA This latest addition represents an enormous boost to the online collection, with over six thousand journals and twenty two thousand books. AGORA’s collection of research resources is likely to continue to grow at an impressive rate. 




Stories of Change

This series of stories detailing the experiences of Research4Life users will be launched in November. “Stories of Change”, the outreach project funded by The Elsevier Foundation, has been made feasible through additional support from partners such as IFIS, Oxfam, MLA-Librarians Without Borders and the Research4Life programmes. Through videos, interviews and photo essays, we have been able to develop new channels to showcase our story -how access to information is the change driver for thousands of researchers and librarians in the Global South. If you want to take part in this project email: communications@research4life.org




Social Media and Web updates

Our social media community and web presence keeps growing! We have almost 10,000 followers through our social media channels  and more than 20,000 webpage visits per month on research4life.org

The Research4Life website is a great platform to share resources and information so let us know if you would like to participate in our initiatives such as Publisher of the Month or would like to write a blog post. During the coming months, we’ll be adding new content to the Training Section, launching a new Promotional Training Video and a series of webinars organized in collaboration with the Capacity Development Team.




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