Academic Books & Online Resources

Developing Countries


What is the Oxford Journals Developing Countries Offer?
This offer represents our commitment to providing free and greatly reduced online access to many of our journals for low income countries.

What does it include?
Institutions within qualifying countries can apply for the full Developing Countries collection, the Humanities and Social Science subset, or the Science, Technical and Medical subset. Included titles
Individual titles available at discounted rates

Which institutions qualify for this offer?
This offer is available to established not-for-profit educational institutions from qualifying countries based on country incomes as established by the World Bank Report 2006. Access is either free or greatly reduced depending on which list they appear in.
Qualifying countries list

How to apply
To take advantage of this offer a senior librarian/member of staff will need to:
− Fill out an application form and send it to us, we'll respond as soon as possible.
− Agree to our Institutional Site License terms and conditions
− Provide an institutional email address so that we can contact you to arrange access

Technical Requirements
In order to access our journals your library will need an internet connection of at least 56kbps and an Internet browser such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox. You will also need Acrobat PDF Reader software.

We also participate in many other developing countries initiatives


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 and social science research. Beginning in 2002, the four programmes: Health Access to Research Initiative (HINARI); Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA); Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE); and the Access to Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI), have given researchers at 6,000 institutions in over 100 developing countries free or low cost access to over 30,000 journals, books and databases provided by the world’s leading academic and professional publishers. For more information on Research4Life please visit their homepage. Download the Research4Life leaflet here.



Participating journals.How to register
HINARI - the programme for Access to Research in Health led by the World Health Organization (WHO) was launched in January 2002, and includes 8,100 biomedical and related social science information resources from 150 publisher partners.


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Participating journals. • How to register
AGORA – the Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture programme led by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) was launched in October 2003, and includes more than 2,500 agriculture, food, fisheries and related sciences information resources from more than 75 publishers.


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Participating journals. • How to register
OARE – the Online Access to Research in the Environment programme led by the United Nations Environment Programme was launched in October 2006, and includes 3,900 journals and other resources in environmental science literature from more than 75 publishers.


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ARDI – the Access to Research for Development and Innovation programme led by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) was launched in July 2009, and includes 200 journals and other resources on innovation from more than 12 publishers.


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Participating journals.How to register
The International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications focuses on strengthening research communication, with particular emphasis on the needs of developing and emerging countries. Their goal is to contribute to sustainable and equitable development through innovation, advocacy, networking and capacity strengthening.


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Participating countriesHow to register (NB. You will need to contact eIFL who will then contact us on your behalf.)
The eIFL Foundation supports the wide availability of electronic resources for library users in developing countries by helping to negotiate the creation of library consortia across multiple countries.


Training and technical help

For the Oxford Journals Developing Countries Offer
Librarians’ Handbook − view online here or request a print copy.
If you have any technical queries please contact our helpdesk.

For libraries participating in HINARI, AGORA, or OARE
ITOCA (The Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa) is a capacity building and training organization for libraries in Sub-Saharan Africa. ITOCA training materials.

For participants in the INASP network
INASP supports skills training workshops and help guide access to online research. Materials of particular relevance to librarians are available here.


How are these initiatives making a difference?

See how HINARI, AGORA, and OARE are helping a medical library in Vietnam.
Download a video of their work in Nairobi (Flash Media).
Search by country for feedback to, and training events supported by INASP.
• Read feedback from HINARI and OARE users.


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