The HINARI programme: Bridging the knowledge gap
Launched in 2002, the Health InterNetwork Access Initiative (HINARI) provides institutions in developing countries with free or reduced-price online access to leading biomedical journals.
In this article, Maurice Long, a publishing professional who has assisted in the development of HINARI, describes the services that the initiative offers researchers in the developing world.
HINARI’s strengths are that it is technically very simple, offering authenticated users a simple gateway through which to pass directly to their journal of interest. But one of the challenges is that many institutions in the developing world cannot afford the cost of connecting to the Internet, or do not have the necessary computer hardware.
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