Closing the digital divide

Access to research information is an essential element in strengthening local teaching and research, improving local medical and agricultural practices, and empowering local experts to find solutions to local health, environmental, social, economic, and food issues.

Developing world access to research

Researchers, educators, policy makers and medical practitioners in developing country institutions have historically suffered from a lack of access to advanced and up-to-date peer-reviewed scholarly literature. Wiley plays an active role in several important initiatives which help to close this information divide. This includes participating in programs which provide free or low cost online access to research in developing countries, provide support for information literacy and research skills training, and help to strengthen local publishing and authorship in developing countries.


Research4Life is a public-private partnership of the WHO, FAO, UNEP, WIPO, Cornell and Yale Universities and the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers. Wiley was one of the founding partners and plays an active role in the ongoing leadership of the initiative.

Research4Life encompasses four programs – HINARI, AGORA, OARE and ARDI – providing researchers in developing countries with free or low cost access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content online. Eligible libraries and their users benefit from:

  • Online access to peer-reviewed international scientific journals, books, and databases
  • Full-text articles which can be downloaded for saving, printing or reading on screen
  • Searching by keyword, subject, author or language
  • Resources available in several languages
  • Training in information literacy and promotional support


PERii is the second five-year phase of INASP's Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information. Focusing on the needs of people in developing and emerging countries, PERii works with partners to support global research communication by further strengthening:

  • The knowledge and skills of people working in research communication
  • Participation in international knowledge networks
  • Research communication policy and practice

NLM's Emergency Access Initiative

This initiative allows for immediate online access to journals to be opened up for a set period, usually 4 weeks, following a medical disaster, such as the earthquake in Haiti. The Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) is a partnership of the National Library of Medicine, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, and the Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers, of which Wiley is a member. EAI provides free access to full text articles from major biomedicine titles to healthcare professionals, librarians, and the public affected by disasters.

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