In an effort to address information inequality around the world, the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) will now be offering free subscriptions through the HINARI initiative to developing countries in South America, Asia and Africa.
Developed to increase productivity in biological research, JoVE is the first and only science video journal indexed in PubMed and MEDLINE. JoVE publishes video articles demonstrating advanced experiments performed in laboratories of top research universities such as Harvard, MIT, Stanford and Yale. Seeing experiments, rather than translating text, saves scientists and students time and money when learning new research techniques. Access to this visual content is especially important in developing countries:
"The biggest challenges librarians face are lack of access to current resources and a lack of reading culture in several developing countries," said Pascal Mouhouelo, a librarian at the World Health Organization (WHO)'s Africa Office in Brazzaville, Congo. "Several studies have shown the importance of using video in training and medical practice," he added.
In 2000 a WHO survey found that 56 percent of institutions in the poorest countries had no current subscriptions to academic journals. In response, WHO founded HINARI, which now grants developing countries access to one of the largest collections of biomedical and health literature.
"Researchers from developing countries were saying 'we need access to the subscription literature, we can't afford it and without it we can't be part of the global research community,'" said HINARI Library Program Manager Kimberly Parker.
Despite having access to such a large body of research, Parker said that students and researchers were still struggling because of language barriers and little access to proper experimental demonstrations in labs. She believes that the visual aspect of JoVE will help address those problems.
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