Supporting researchers in developing countries/regions

Supporting researchers in developing countries is a vital part of what we do. We were a founding member of ‘Publishers for Development’, which has produced a host of accessible resources to meet the information needs of researchers globally. Our ongoing partnership with Research4Life provides researchers and policymakers in more than 120 low-middle income countries with access to our peer-reviewed content aligned to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

We need research from around the world to address global challenges. We remain committed, therefore, to supporting researchers in developing countries on their publishing journeys. Read on for more information about our development initiatives and how you can use these if you’re a librarian, author or researcher in the Global South.

Accessing research in developing countries

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Access to trustworthy and relevant content is essential for any sound knowledge and research system. We have partnered with a number of organizations to ensure that our journals are accessible in resource-constrained parts of the world:


Research4life (also known as ‘R4L’) provides free or low-cost access to peer-reviewed research in low-middle income countries. It also provides in-country and online e-resource training.

R4L includes five programs that span research areas. These include:

With more than 9,000 institutions currently registered, and with usage increasing year on year, R4L helps the research we publish make a difference globally. It brings together United Nations entities, libraries, academic publishers, learned societies and NGOs to provide researchers with sustainable access to academic journals.

Librarians: if you’re institution isn’t currently registered, check if you’re eligible and find out how to register


Through INASP, we work with a variety of national consortia to provide libraries in the Global South with discounted access to our journals. In 2018, there were more than 1.5 million downloads of articles by developing country institutions made via INASP-established arrangements.

“We believe that good capacity development enables individuals and institutions to independently and sustainably work towards their desired changes in policy and practice, beyond the life of a project.” – INASP

STAR (Special Terms for Authors and Researchers)

We designed our STAR programme to support researchers who don’t have access to the resources of a university or research institution. STAR users include independent researchers, retired academics, and professionals working for NGOs.

To qualify for STAR you must be:

  • An independent researcher or practitioner (i.e. not affiliated to any educational, research, medical or governmental institution)
  • Based in one of the eligible STAR countries
  • Actively involved in research or currently authoring a publication

STAR provides voucher access to articles across all of our journals for free. Authors and researchers: find out how to register for STAR

Emergency Access Initiative (EAI)

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 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.

Librarians, authors and researchers: learn more about the Emergency Access Initiative

Publishing your research

We have several initiatives and partnerships aimed at providing resources and support to authors, researchers and early career scholars in developing regions:


Our partner AuthorAID, run by INASP, provides a wealth of support for conducting and publishing research in developing countries, from academic mentoring to online training workshops.

AuthorAID aims to increase the success rate of researchers in getting published, thereby boosting the visibility and influence of research from developing countries.

Authors and researchers: become an AuthorAid member and browse their resources 

Author Services

Author Services
You can also find advice on publishing a journal article on our dedicated Author Services website. Get tips on writing, choosing a journal, peer review, and more.

Authors and researchers: bookmark Author Services for your step-by-step guide to getting published

Open access discounts and waivers

Open access (OA) means making published academic research freely and permanently available online so that anyone, anywhere can read and build upon this research.

We want to make the option to publish in open access journals available to as many researchers as possible. So, to help achieve this, we offer waivers and discounts on the APCs (article publishing charge) required to publish in many full open access journals.

Authors and researchers: check if you’re eligible for open access discounts and waivers 


In addition, we partner with EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) to facilitate researchers publishing OA in over 100 journals with a partially or fully-discounted APC.

Authors and researchers: learn how you can publish your research open access with EIFL

Training and workshops

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ITOCA (Information Training & Outreach Centre for Africa) is a capacity building organization aimed at enhancing information and communications technology (ICT) skills for African librarians, information specialists, scientists, researchers and students in Sub-Saharan Africa.

They have trained over 30,000 academic and research professionals in the last 20 years. Their focus is on information literacy, including the use of e-resources such as the Research4Life programs which includes research published by Taylor & Francis.

Librarians, authors and researchers: find out about their upcoming training workshops

Local offices

Staff based in our international offices also run regular workshops and webinars. These are tailored to the needs of local researchers, helping to develop crucial research skills in authoring and reviewing.

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Librarians, authors and researchers: meet our global office teams

Visit our curated library: Sustainable Development Goals Online to browse research that supports the United Nations’ call to end poverty, fight inequality & injustice and protect the planet.