Over 9,000 New Elsevier Journals and Books Available Through ARDI

September 13, 2012

Elsevier has agreed to offer its entire collection of journals and books available through its online platform ScienceDirect as well as access to its abstracts and citation database Scopus to innovators in 105 developing countries for free or at low cost through the Access to Research for Development (ARDI) program.

The journals and books contributed to ARDI by Elsevier cover a vast range of subjects including mathematics, engineering, life sciences, and physical sciences. As a founding partner of ARDI, Elsevier has provided access to select journals through the program since its launch in 2009.

ARDI is coordinated by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) as part of Research4Life, a public-private partnership that includes WIPO, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM), leading academic libraries, and technology partner Microsoft.

In developing countries, local innovation is important to the success of national economies. Young scientists and their research institutions benefit from access to the latest developments in technology found in scientific and technical literature, before patenting and commercializing their inventions.  Through ARDI, developing countries are given direct access to high-quality published content from several publishers allowing select academic and research institutions to develop and innovate more effectively, and patent offices to protect and reward innovation more efficiently.

“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,” said Yo Takagi, Assistant Director General of the Global Infrastructure Sector of WIPO. “This is an important element in the innovation process and in any eventual protection through patent rights. 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. In this respect, Elsevier’s new contribution to ARDI, which increases the program content over ten-fold to over 2,000 journals and close to 7,000 e-books, is a major step forward in realizing this goal.”

We are delighted to extend our partnership with the World Intellectual Property Organization and in this way to realize 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.”