Elsevier expands access to research for innovators in developing countries

October 2012

Innovators in 105 developing countries are now able to access Elsevier’s entire collection of books and journals through ScienceDirect and Scopus for free or little cost through the ARDI programme (Access to Research for Development and Innovation).

In developing countries, local innovation is extremely important to the success of national economies. The ARDI programme gives developing countries direct access to high-quality published content from several publishers, helping academic and research institutions to develop and innovate more effectively, and patent offices to protect and reward innovation more efficiently. ARDI is coordinated by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) as part of the Research4Life programme, which Elsevier helped found over a decade ago.

“We are delighted to extend our partnership with the World Intellectual Property Organization and in this way to realise a shared vision for universal access to quality research content,” said Alicia Wise, Director of Universal Access at Elsevier. “We are dedicated to advancing innovative research everywhere.”

Yo Takagi, Assistant Director General of the Global Infrastructure Sector of WIPO, said: “There is a growing demand for access to high quality technological information in developing countries which acts as a basis for development and innovation in these countries. WIPO is keen to work with publishers to ensure that low and middle income countries can play their full part in this vibrant economic landscape. Elsevier’s new contribution to ARDI, which increases the programme content over ten-fold by more than 2,000 journals and close to 7,000 e-books, is a major step forward in realising this goal.”

Find out more about ARDI and Research4Life.