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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 countries.

HINARI was launched in January 2002, with some 1500 journals from 6 major publishers: Blackwell, Elsevier Science, the Harcourt Worldwide STM Group, Wolters Kluwer International Health & Science, Springer Verlag and John Wiley, 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 the journals.

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 institution. We will send you an agreement to sign on terms of use, and instructions for getting started.

Other initiatives
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.