Improving the availability and use of health research information in LMICs (10)

12 February, 2020

Dear HIFA colleagues,

As HIFA prepares for the Roundtable on Access to Health Research Information at the Geneva Health Forum (24 March, see below), I look forward to your thoughts on Question 1, especially:

"What is our vision of access to and use of health research information in LMICs in 2030?"

In a previous message on HIFA I asked: "Does anyone doubt that we are in the midst of a rapid transition towards a future where most research will be published open access?"

It is amazing how much has changed since HIFA launched in 2006. At that time, a lot of people, including many of the major publishers, were highly sceptical of open access. Today virtually every major medical publisher is embracing, or at least testing, open access approaches. The proportion of research that is published open-access continues to increase year on year. I'm especially encouraged to see that many/most of the leading African medical journals are now open-access. When HIFA started, a lot of the research we discussed was behind a paywall. Now, most of it is freely available for everyone to benefit.

So, is 'our vision of access to and use of health research information in LMICs in 2030' one where all (or nearly all) research will be published open access?'

Best wishes, Neil

HIFA invites everyone to contribute to Geneva Health Forum Roundtable: How can we improve the availability and use of health research information in LMICs?

http://www.hifa.org/news/hifa-invites-everyone-contribute-geneva-health-...

Coordinator, HIFA Project on Access to Health Research - Supported by The Lancet and Elsevier

http://www.hifa.org/working-groups/access-health-research

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HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of the HIFA global health campaign (Healthcare Information For All - www.hifa.org ), a global community with more than 19,000 members in 177 countries, interacting on six global forums in four languages. Twitter: @hifa_org FB: facebook.com/HIFAdotORG neil@hifa.org