N – Free access boosts science in poor countries

Low cost access to research in poor countries has been accompanied by an advance in scientific discovery, an analysis by the publisher Elsevier suggests. The Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI), run by the World Health Organization, subsidises access to Elsevier journals. Between 2002 and 2006, in 105 countries with HINARI access papers published in international peer reviewed journals rose 63% compared with 38% in 102 rich countries. Kimberley Parker, HINARI’s programme manager, said “We are pleased to be able to say that we look to be a contributing factor but we can’t prove it.” http://www.scidev.net/en/science-communication/news/subsidised-access-helps-boost-scientific-output-.html
Thanks to Joan Marsh