Development Initiatives

Are you a librarian in a resource-constrained part of the world? Do you worry about meeting the needs of your students and researchers? There are several low-cost and no-cost ways you can offer your users access to Taylor & Francis journals.

Taylor & Francis, a founder member of Publishers for Development, is committed to the widest possible distribution of its journals to the research community in developing countries. Through agreements with worldwide organizations, libraries in the developing world can provide access to vital research material at greatly reduced or no cost. Taylor & Francis also offers a range of resources to support authors from around the world in getting published. We also make available waivers and discounts for Open Access for eligible authors.

Some of the initiatives we are involved with are outlined below. To discuss your library’s particular needs please get in touch with the T&F account manager in your region.

Taylor & Francis is a participant in research4life, which is the collective name for the five programmes – HinariAGORAOAREARDI, and GOALI – that provide developing countries with free or low cost access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content online.

Eligible libraries and their users benefit from:

  • Online access to up to 100,000 peer-reviewed international scientific journals, books, and databases
  • Full-text articles which can be downloaded for saving, printing or reading on screen
  • Searching by keyword, subject, author or language
  • Resources in several languages
  • Training in information literacy and promotional support

Videos and testimonials from users of research4life resources showcases the impact of access to information in the developing world.

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The International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) works with publishers and national consortia (or equivalent bodies) to enable affordable and sustainable access to online resources to meet the information needs of researchers in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. INASP supports individuals and institutions to produce, share and use research and knowledge, which can transform lives.

Read more about how INASP puts research and knowledge at the heart of development in our interview with Veronika Schaeffler, Programme Officer in the Research Access and Higher Education team at INASP.

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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.


Special Terms for Authors & Researchers (STAR) supports researchers in the Global South who don’t have access to the resources of a university or other research institution, by giving them free access to journal articles. 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
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AuthorAID is a free pioneering global network that provides support, mentoring, resources and training for researchers in low and middle income countries. AuthorAID supports over 20,000 researchers in low and middle income countries to publish and communicate their work.

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Taylor & Francis is committed to bringing research by scholars in emerging nations to the attention of the global academic community. We also want to make the option to publish open access available to as many researchers as possible. To help achieve this we offer waivers and discounts on the Article Publishing Charges (APCs) normally required to publish in a large number of fully open access journals (T&F Open or Routledge Open).


ITOCA is aimed at providing, promoting and building capacity for scientists, researchers and information professionals on the use of electronic resources in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Their focus is on information literacy, including the use of e-resources such as the Research4Life programs which includes research published by Taylor & Francis.

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

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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.