Supporting researchers in developing countries and regions
Global challenges require global research. We’re therefore committed to development initiatives that support librarians, authors, and researchers in the Global South.
From the climate crisis to global pandemics to inequality, we face huge challenges in today’s world. We need truly global research to tackle these problems – and for social justice and sustainability.
Access to good quality research is essential for education, innovation, economic growth, and climate action. Inclusion of diverse researchers leads to better solutions – and contributes to the achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). That’s why supporting scholars in developing countries and regions with access to research, publishing your research, and delivering training and workshops is a vital part of what we do.
“We need more inclusion of diverse researchers in order to optimize discoveries, insights, and solutions. Research cultures of sameness cannot penetrate the intractable problems of our age.”
– Janet Remmington, Global Portfolio Director, Taylor & Francis
Taylor & Francis was a founding member of Publishers for Development (PfD), which has produced a wide range of accessible resources to meet the information needs of researchers globally. We’re also the only international commercial academic publisher with an editorial team within Africa. This was established in 2007 in Cape Town, South Africa, with the aim of supporting and advancing African scholarship.
We want to see a world where everyone is able to access and contribute to the research necessary to address global challenges and improve lives. If you’re a librarian, author, or researcher in the Global South, we’re here to support you in the following ways:
- Access to research. Access to research is essential for achieving a more equitable world. We have partnerships with Research4Life (R4L), the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP), and the Emergency Access Initiative (EAI).
- Publishing your research. We’re here to support you on your publishing journey. We’ve partnered with AuthorAID, Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL), and The Conversation Africa (TCA). Our own initiatives also include open access discounts and waivers and our dedicated Author Services website.
- Training and workshops. Training is essential to build capacity, resilience, and opportunity. We provide learning opportunities from online resources for learning and teaching to training partnerships to seminars run by our local offices.
Our wide range of development initiatives can help you access, conduct, and publish research – so that you can contribute to a stronger and more equitable knowledge ecosystem.
Access to research – support for institutions and researchers
Access to quality research is critical for achieving a more equitable world for all.
We’ve partnered with a number of organizations to ensure that our journals are accessible in resource-constrained parts of the world. These include Research4Life (R4L), the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP), and the Emergency Access Initiative (EAI). In addition, our Special Terms for Authors and Researchers (STAR) program provides free access to our journal articles.
We have an ongoing partnership with Research4Life (R4L), which provides researchers and policymakers in more than 120 lower-income countries with free or low-cost access to our peer-reviewed content aligned to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. R4L also provides in-country and online e-resource training.
With more than 30,000 journals, 129,000 books, and lots of other information resources, all available to search with one click and in multiple languages, R4L grants access to one of the world’s largest collections in the following research areas:
- Health. The Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI) enables access to one of the world’s largest collections of biomedical and health literature.
- Agriculture. Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) covers food, agriculture, fisheries, nutrition, veterinary science, and environmental science.
- Environment. Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE) provides access to journals, books and databases on the environment in 118 countries.
- Development and Innovation. The Access to Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI) program provides access to scientific and technical journals.
- Law. Global Online Access to Legal Information (GOALI) provides access to legal research and training in the developing world.
R4L currently has over 9,000 institutions registered, and helps the research we publish make a difference globally. It brings together UN entities, libraries, academic publishers, learned societies, and NGOs to provide researchers with sustainable access to academic journals.
The International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) is an international development organisation with over 30 years’ experience of working with a global network of partners in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Through INASP, we have worked with a variety of national consortia to provide libraries in the Global South with discounted access to our journals, and to provide publishing workshops and resources.
“Evidence and knowledge are central to solving development challenges.This has been a cornerstone of INASP’s work since 1992 and will remain the core driving force as we continue to support Southern – and global – research and policy in the future.” – INASP
INASP supports individuals and institutions to produce, share, and use research and knowledge that can transform lives. In 2021, more than 7,500 early-career researchers, journal editors, university lecturers, and students, gained valuable skills for their jobs through digital platforms and digital learning offered by INASP and partners.
The Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) is a partnership of the National Library of Medicine, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, the Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and other publishers, including Taylor & Francis.
The EAI provides temporary free access to full text articles from major biomedicine titles to healthcare professionals, librarians, and the public affected by disasters.
Publishing your research – support for authors and researchers
We’re here to support you on your publishing journey.
We have several initiatives and partnerships that provide resources and support to authors, researchers, and early career scholars in developing regions. These include AuthorAID, Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL), open access discounts and waivers, plus our own dedicated Author Services website.
All researchers face the pressure to publish, but those in the Global South often don’t have access to the information, resources, and networks they need. AuthorAID is an award-winning, community-led platform run by INASP, whose work we champion, that addresses this problem directly.
It’s a free, global network that provides support, mentoring, and training for researchers in low and middle-income countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. It aims to increase the success rate of researchers in getting published, thereby boosting the visibility and influence of research from developing countries.
AuthorAID supports over 20,000 researchers from 175 countries to conduct, publish, and communicate their work. It also offers free online courses in research communication and proposal writing.
Open access (OA) means making published academic research freely and permanently available online so that anyone, anywhere can read and build upon this research. It’s a powerful solution to the barriers that researchers in developing countries and regions face when trying to access and share critical research that can improve people’s lives.
We want to make the option to publish in open access journals available to as many researchers as possible. To help achieve this, we offer waivers and discounts on the article publishing charge (APC) required to publish in many full open access journals.
Not sure which journal is the best fit for your research? Confused about open access? It can be hard to know where to begin on your journey to publication. Find advice on publishing a journal article on our dedicated Author Services website. Find your step-by-step guide to getting published, plus tips on writing, choosing a journal, peer review –and more.
Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) is an organisation that facilitates access to scholarly content for libraries and consortia in emerging regions at a deeply discounted rate. As part of our commitment to support open access (OA) publishing in emerging countries, we have an agreement with EIFL that enables researchers to publish OA in over 100 journals, with an article publishing charge (APC) at a 50% discount or for free.
This discount or waiver applies to full OA journals ranging across disciplines, including the sciences, social sciences, and humanities, and is open to 35 EIFL network countries across Africa, Asia, and Europe.
We’re also interested in initiatives that help amplify as well as publish your research. We’re proud to be a funding partner for The Conversation Africa (TCA), an independent source of news and views from the academic and research community, delivered direct to the public.
“As The Conversation Africa we are proud to continue to partner with Taylor & Francis Group on the various engagements on our mutual mission to mainstream and amplify the work and scholarship of African scientists across the continent and the world.”
– Pfungwa Nyamukachi, The Conversation Africa
With strategic partners including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, TCA helps increase public engagement with the work and expertise of African researchers. If you’re a researcher interested in writing for TCA, you can register to become an author.
Training and workshops – building capacity through education
Training is essential to build capacity, resilience, and opportunity.
We know how resilient and creative you have to be during difficult times. Our expert authors are here to help you with any questions or issues you may be facing. Our resources for online teaching and learning include accessible, short videos, which cover topics such as:
- Self-care tips
- Advice on supporting students’ mental health
- Ideas for remote learning
- Best practices for student engagement.
Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA) is a capacity-building organization that helps bridge the digital divide between the developed and developing world. Established in 1999, it promotes and enhances digital skills for scientists, researchers, practitioners, and information professionals in Africa.
It does this via a program of institutional and national training workshops, seminars, and capacity-building programs. Digital skills are essential for research and development – and ITOCA has trained over 30,000 academic and research professionals in the last 20 years.
ITOCA also advocates for the adoption of new technologies that drive development in Africa, and provides affordable access to the latest scientific scholarly literature. Its focus on information literacy includes the use of e-resources, such as the Research4Life (R4L) programs, which include research published by Taylor & Francis.
Staff based in our international offices also run regular workshops and webinars. These are tailored to the needs of local researchers, and help to develop crucial research skills in authoring and reviewing.
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