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Research output in developing countries reveals 194 percent increase in five years
Date:7/2/2009

ia) and one Band 2 country (Bulgaria) reveals a remarkable progression of article output from 1996 2008. By contrast, the non Research4Life country Japan (for example) showed steady and continuous growth over this period without a sharp change in output over the period analysed.

"The opportunities to conduct original scholarly research without access to the world's published literature are limited. Discoveries build on generations of research done previously," remarked Kimberly Parker, HINARI Program Manager at the WHO. "Research4Life has extended the reach of that scholarly heritage into the developing world, increasing researchers' opportunities to participate in the global research community by conducting groundbreaking research, collaborating with global colleagues, and in time contributing to evidence-based scientific policy in their own countries. We are very excited to see the growing output coming from the developing world."

Dr Andrew Plume noted, "The massive and sustained growth in scholarly output from the Research4Life countries, over and above the growth for the rest of the world, is probably the result of many related factors such as scientific policy, government and private research funding, and other global developments. However, such a dramatic increase in research output also reflects a clear correlation with the launch of the Research4Life programmes. These statistics point to Research4Life's profound impact on institutions and individual researchers' ability to publish."

"Since we have had access to Research4Life, the researchers, and especially the clinicians at the College of Medicine, University of Port Harcourt, have been able to engage more with the global science community," stated Henrietta Otokunefor, Automation Librarian at the University of Port Harcourt Library in Nigeria. "The library computers and those at the ICTC for faculty are often occupied and I've seen a growth in published research from our st
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