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Over 700 Elsevier Science & Technology Books Now Available in Research4Life


Leading publisher offers electronic books to UN program providing research access to the developing world

Burlington, MA - Elsevier, a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced that 780 of its science and technology electronic books will be added to Research4Life. Elsevier Science & Technology Books provides award-winning, leading-edge books and education resources to information professionals worldwide.

“An educated citizenry is the single most important natural resource for any nation,” said Suzanne BeDell, Managing Director of Elsevier Science & Technology Books. “We, our staff and our authors, are proud to make available our SciVerse ScienceDirect electronic books through Research4Life to so many scientists and other information professionals working to improve the quality of life in their countries.”

Research4Life is the collective name given to HINARI, AGORA and OARE, the three public-private partnerships that offer health, agriculture and environmental research for free or at very low cost to developing countries. Key partners include the World Health Organization, FAO, UNEP, Cornell and Yale Universities, the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers and technology partner, Microsoft. Over 150 publishers, among them Elsevier, Springer, Wiley-Blackwell and Oxford University Press provide their journal content.

"The Global South will benefit enormously from the significant electronic book collection Elsevier is now offering for distribution through Research4Life” said Kimberly Parker, HINARI Program Manager at the WHO, “The scientific researchers, policy-makers and practitioners in developing countries are eager to gain access to the evidence distilled in book form.”

A founding partner, Elsevier is the leading contributor to the UN’s Research4Life programs, providing over a quarter of the peer reviewed literature. Through these programs Elsevier makes over 1,600 electronic journals available for free or at very low cost in developing countries. In December 2009, Elsevier also announced that Sciverse Scopus, a web-integrated literature research tool with direct links to 18,000 full-text articles from 5,000 publishers, citation information, library resources, patent searches and reference management software, is freely available throughResearch4Life.

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About Research4Life
Research4Life is the collective name for three public-private partnerships which seek to help achieve the UN’s Millennium Development Goals by providing the developing world with access to critical scientific research. Since 2002, the three programmes, Health Access to Research (HINARI), Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) and Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE), have given researchers at more than 5,000 institutions in 108 developing world countries free or low cost access to over 7,000 journals provided by the world’s leading science publishers.

Research4Life is a public-private partnership of the WHO, FAO, UNEP, Cornell and Yale Universities and the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers. Together with technology partner Microsoft, the partnership’s goal is to help attain six of the UN’s eight Millennium Development Goals by 2015, reducing the scientific knowledge gap between industrialized countries and the developing world. For further information please visit or Research4Life YouTube channel.

Elsevier Science & Technology Books ( provides award-winning, leading-edge data and education resources to information professionals worldwide. By delivering world-class solutions both in print and online, Elsevier S&T Books is proud to play an essential role in some of the most distinguished scientific and technology communities in existence today. From economics and public health to microbiology and genetics, we have a wide variety of books and ebooks online for you to choose from. Elsevier Science and Technology Books’ comprehensive library features superior quality content from leading authorities within its family of imprints that include CIM, Newnes, Syngress, William Andrew, CIMA, Pergamon, Estates Gazette Books, Morgan Kaufmann, Focal Press, ASHRAE, Butterworth-Heinemann, Academic Press, Anderson Press, Architectural Press, and Gulf Publishing (

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier’s online solutions include SciVerse ScienceDirect, SciVerse Scopus, Reaxys, MD Consult and Nursing Consult, which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal suite and MEDai’s Pinpoint Review, which help research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world-leading publisher and information provider, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).


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