Developing World access to online journals



In keeping with our role as the UK's national academy of science, the Royal Society is committed to the widest possible dissemination of research outputs in developing and transition economies around the world. We are partners in a number of international schemes operated by the UN, WHO and INASP to make scientific journal articles available immediately and free of charge to the world's poorest nations. We currently participate to the following schemes: PERii, HINARI, AGORA, OARE and EIFL.

  1. INASP-PERii


  3. OARE

  4. AGORA

  5. EIFL

For the updated list of countries elegible for free access please see below

- Afghanistan - Angola
- Algeria - Armenia
- Azerbaijan - Bangladesh
- Belize - Benin
- Bhutan - Bolivia
- Burkina Faso - Burundi
- Cambodia - Cameroon
- Cape Verde - Central African Republic
- Chad - Comoros
- Congo - Congo, Democratic Republic of
Cote d'Ivoire - Cuba
- Djibouti - Dominican Republic
- Ecuador - El Salvador
- Equatorial Guinea - Eritrea
- Ethiopia - Fiji
- Gambia - Georgia
- Ghana - Guatemala
- Guinea - Guinea-Bissau
- Guyana - Haiti
- Honduras - Iraq
- Kazakhstan - Kenya
- Kiribati - Korea, Democratic People's Republic of
- Kyrgyzstan - Laos
- Lesotho - Liberia
- Madagascar - Malawi
- Maldives - Mali
- Marshall Islands - Mauritania
- Micronesia - Moldova
- Mongolia - Morocco
- Mozambique - Myanmar
- Namibia - Nauru
- Nepal - Nicaragua
- Niger - Nigeria
- Papua New Guinea - Paraguay
- Rwanda - Sao Tome and Principe
- Samoa - Senegal
- Sierra Leone - Solomon Islands
- Somalia - Sudan
- Swaziland - Syrian Arab Republic
- Tanzania - Tajikistan
- Timor-Leste - Togo
- Tokelau - Tonga
- Tunisia - Turkmenistan
- Tuvalu - Uganda
- Uzbekistan - Vanuatu
- Viet Nam - West Bank/Gaza (Palestine)
- Yemen - Zambia
- Zimbabwe  

Last updated 27-Sep-11

INASP's Perii

PERii ensures developing and emerging countries are part of international knowledge networks. Support is given to researchers to write, publish and communicate their reserach findings nationally and internationally, so their work can have maximum impact and they can take thier place in the global research community. PERii and its partners aim to put research at the heart of development policy and strategy, to improve the lives of people in developing and emerging countries. This ensures that individuals can share what they have learned with colleagues and peers. For more information please visit INASP



The HINARI Programme, set up by WHO together with major publishers, enables developing countries to gain access to one of the world's largest collections of biomedical and health literature. More than 7,000 journal titles are now available to health institutions in 109 countries, areas and territories benefiting many thousands of health workers and researchers, and in turn, contributing to improved world health. For more information please visit HINARI



Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE), an international public-prive consortium coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Yale University, and leading science and technology publishers enables developing countries to gain access to one of the world's largest collections of environmental science research. For more information please visit OARE



Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) is a program to provide free or low cost access to major scientific journals in agriculture and related biological, environmental and social sciences to public institutions in developing countries. Led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the goal of AGORA is to improve the quality and effectiveness of agricultural research, education and training in low-income countries, and in turn, to improve food security. Through AGORA, researchers, policy-makers, educators, students, technical workers and extension specialists have access to high-quality, relevant and timely agricultural information via the internet. More information can be found on their website AGORA



EIFL works with libraries worldwide to enable access to digital information in developing and transition countries. We are an international not for profit organisation based in Europe with a global network of partners Through central negotiation with publishers, EIFL negotiates highly discounted prices and fair terms of use to increase access to scholarly material which is essential for research and education. More information can be found on their website EIFL.
For the list of countries eligible to discounted rates please contact Susanna Lob, EIFL-Licensing Programme Manager, at or Maria Romano, Journal Sales Manager at