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Developing world access

In keeping with our role as the UK's national academy of science, we offer free access to readers in the developing world.

The countries eligible for free access are:

  • Afghanistan
  • Angola
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Armenia
  • Bangladesh
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Congo, Democratic Republic of
  • Cook Islands
  • Cote d'Ivoire
  • Cuba
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Iraq   
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Korea, Democratic People's Republic of
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Micronesia
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Rwanda
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saint Kitts & Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Swaziland
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Tunisia
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Viet Nam
  • West Bank/Gaza (Palestine)
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

International schemes

We are partners in a number of international schemes operated by the UN, WHO and INASP to make scientific journal articles available immediately and free of charge to the world's poorest nations.

  • INASP PERii: ensures developing and emerging countries are part of international knowledge networks. Support is given to researchers to write, publish and communicate their research findings nationally and internationally, so their work can have maximum impact and they can take their place in the global research community. PERii and its partners aim to put research at the heart of development policy and strategy, to improve the lives of people in developing and emerging countries. This ensures that individuals can share what they have learned with colleagues and peers.
  • HINARI Programme: set up by WHO together with major publishers, enables developing countries to gain access to 1 of the world's largest collections of biomedical and health literature. More than 7,000 journal titles are now available to health institutions in 109 countries, areas and territories benefiting many thousands of health workers and researchers, and in turn, contributing to improved world health.
  • Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE): an international public-private consortium coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Yale University, and leading science and technology publishers enables developing countries to gain access to 1 of the world's largest collections of environmental science research.
  • Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA): a program to provide free or low cost access to major scientific journals in agriculture and related biological, environmental and social sciences to public institutions in developing countries. Led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the goal of AGORA is to improve the quality and effectiveness of agricultural research, education and training in low-income countries, and in turn, to improve food security. Through AGORA, researchers, policy-makers, educators, students, technical workers and extension specialists have access to high-quality, relevant and timely agricultural information via the internet.
  • EIFL: works with libraries worldwide to enable access to digital information in developing and transition countries. They are an international not for profit organisation based in Europe with a global network of partners. Through central negotiation with publishers, EIFL negotiates highly discounted prices and fair terms of use to increase access to scholarly material which is essential for research and education.  For the list of countries eligible to for discounted rates please contact Romy Beard, EIFL-Licensing Programme Manager or Maria Romano, International Sales Manager at the Royal Society.