Scientific, Technical and Medical

Elsevier, the world’s leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information, plays an important role in advancing human welfare and economic progress through its science and health information, which spurs knowledge and enables critical decision making. To ensure access to this information, Elsevier supports key programmes in places where resources are often scarce. Among them is Research4Life which, in partnership with UN agencies and approximately 200 publishers, provides researchers in more than 100 developing countries with free or low cost access to core and cutting-edge scientific information.

As a founding partner, we contribute over a quarter of the 68,000 peer-reviewed resources in Research4Life, encompassing Scopus and ScienceDirect, including approximately 2,500 Elsevier journals and 18,900 ebooks. In the year, there were over 3.9m Research4Life article downloads from Elsevier’s ScienceDirect. In the year, there were over 5m Research4Life article downloads from Elsevier’s ScienceDirect, an increase of 28% over 2014. We also provide technical and communications expertise to advance Research4Life, and have committed to the programme through 2020.

In addition to support for ongoing projects, the Elsevier Foundation committed nearly $1m to support initiatives including libraries in developing countries, women scientists and nursing facilities. The Elsevier Foundation’s New Scholars Program supports projects to help early-career women scientists balance family responsibilities with academic careers and addresses the attrition rate of women scientists in developed and developing countries. The Elsevier Foundation also continued to support scientific publishing through Publishers without Borders, which allows Elsevier publishing specialists to spend a month working with researchers in Tanzania to increase their capabilities; read about the experience of the four colleagues who took part in 2015.