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Research4Life Turns 20

21 September, 2021

Introduction of a blog by by Domiziana Francescon, Co-Chair of the Communications team of Research4Life and Elsevier Foundation Partnerships Manager. Read online: https://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2021/07/07/guest-post-trends-challen...

'Access to research knowledge is essential for developing new research and for informed policy decisions. But access to knowledge is not equal around the world; researchers in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are significantly disadvantaged by access challenges.

'This was the burning problem that Research4Life was set up to address, 20 years ago this year as the print to electronic migration was just gaining speed. Launched as Hinari by the World Health Organization (WHO) with 1500 journals from six major publishers, it now offers users up to 132,000 resources from 180 international partners. But partnering with publishers to facilitate access is not enough in itself; the resources have to be used effectively in a way that is relevant to users’ research, implementation and beyond.

'This is why, every five years Research4Life commissions in-depth reviews of its work to understand how the work of the partnership is experienced from the users’ as well as the partners’ perspectives – looking at its infrastructure, external context or landscape, and user experience. Together, the reviews serve as a solid evidence base for future evolution as Research4Life plans its strategy for the next five years. Our most recent set of evaluations were conducted in 2020-2021...'

Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator, neil@hifa.org www.hifa.org