HINARI - Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative
The Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI) provides free
or very low cost online access to the major journals in biomedical and
related social sciences to local, non-profit institutions in developing
HINARI was launched in January 2002, with some 1500 journals from 6 major
the Harcourt Worldwide STM Group,
Wolters Kluwer International Health & Science,
Springer Verlag and
following the principles in Statement of Intent
signed in July 2001. Twenty-two additional publishers joined in May 2002, bringing
the total number of journals to over 2000. Since that time, the numbers of
participating publishers and of journals and other full-text resources has
grown continuously. The HINARI offer is currently guaranteed through 2006.
HINARI was developed in the framework of the Health InterNetwork, introduced
by the United Nations' Secretary General Kofi Annan at the UN Millennium
Summit in the year 2000. Led by WHO, the Health InterNetwork aims to
strengthen public health services by providing public health workers,
researchers and policy makers access to high-quality, relevant and timely
health information, via the Internet. It further aims to improve
communication and networking.
Who is eligible?
Local, non-profit institutions in two groups of countries
can register for access to the journals through HINARI. The country lists are
based on GNP per capita (World Bank figures, 2001). Institutions in
countries with GNP per capita below $1000 are eligible for free access.
Institutions in countries with GNP per capita between $1000-$3000 pay a fee
of $1000 per year / institution.
Eligible categories of institutions are: national universities, research
institutes. professional schools (medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public
health, dentistry), teaching hospitals, government offices and national
medical libraries. All staff members and students are entitled to access to
Participating institutions need computers connected to the Internet with a
high-speed (56k baud rate or higher) link.
How to join
To register your institution, please complete the on-line HINARI
registration form. Only one registration is required per
instructions for getting started.
If your institution is not eligible for access to journals through HINARI,
you may be eligible through another initiative.
There are a number of links on the HINARI menu to full-text resources which
are free to all.