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Oryx and Cambridge University Press work with international schemes to improve the reach and accessibility of journal content to countries that would otherwise be unable to benefit from such a resource. This means that institutions in developing countries or countries with emerging economies are eligible to access many hundreds of journals, including Oryx, for free or for a reduced price. These schemes are of two types: journal donation schemes, which comprise print copies at substantial discounts or free, and  electronic access schemes.

Journal donation schemes

Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
Journals Donation Project (JDP)

Electronic access schemes

Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA)
Electronic Information for Libraries (eIFL)
International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP)
Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE)


Journal donation schemes

Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)

Website www.acu.ac.uk (in English)

Availability Botswana, Ghana, Lesotho, Mauritius, Namibia, Swaziland, Bangladesh, Fiji, Guyana, Jamaica and Papua New Guinea all qualify as Band A countries, meaning that publishers offer their journals (in print form) at either the individual subscription rate, or a rate equivalent to c. 25% of the normal institutional subscription, plus distribution charges at cost (or exempted). Band B qualifying countries are Cameroon, Gambia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, for which the cost of journals is reduced further where possible, often to no more than 10% of cover price.

Eligibility Universities that are members of the Association of Commonwealth Universities

To apply See this link

Journals Donation Project (JDP)

Website www.newschool.edu/centers/jdp/ (in English)

Availability See list of the countries involved in this scheme. In particular, the scheme targets countries that have suffered political or economic deprivation. The JDP seeks funding from foundation grants, which are used to purchase highly discounted subscriptions for targeted institutions in various countries, and offers libraries the opportunity to purchase journals through the JDP to take advantage of the significant discounts (> 50%) obtained by the Project.

Eligibility Major research and teaching libraries

To apply Contact the JDP

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Electronic access schemes

Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA)

AGORA logoWebsite www.aginternetwork.org (in English, Spanish and French)

Availability Band I countries are those with a GNP per capita < USD 1,000, and these countries are entitled to free access to journals. Band II countries are those with a GNP per capita of USD 1,000–3,000, and pay an annual fee of USD 1,000 per institution for access to the journals list. The full list of eligible countries is here.

Eligibility Not-for-profit academic, research or government institutions in the above countries

To apply See this link

Electronic Information for Libraries (eIFL)

eIFL logoWebsite www.eifl.net/ (in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and Arabic)

Availability See this link for a map of countries that are members of eIFL. In some cases access is provided at no cost.

Eligibility Libraries that are part of the eIFL.net consortium.

To apply Contact your country coordinator—see this map for contact details.

International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP)

Website www.inasp.info/ (in English)

Availability See list of countries where INASP (through the Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information) is active here. INASP works with country coordinators, who identify the resources required and negotiate with publishers and other content owners to obtain online resources at a price appropriate for the recipient countries. Some publishers make their content free to the countries included within this programme; others are obtained at a discount of up to 98% on normal subscription rates. INASP works with country coordinating teams to help identify funds for these subscriptions so that content is free. Nearly all of the resources are available on a countrywide licence basis, such that anyone in an educational, research or non-profit environment is eligible to access them.

Eligibility University departments, university libraries, not-for-profit research institutions and centres, higher education institutions, colleges, polytechnics, teaching hospitals, professional training schools, local, regional and national NGOs, indigenous Civil Society Organizations and Government ministries, offices and agencies. Access is also available to health professionals, agricultural extension workers and other professions with a not-for-profit remit working in remote areas, when associated with one of the above institutions.

To apply Contact your Country Coordinator, whose details can be found here.

Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE)

Website http://www.oaresciences.org/en/ (in English, Spanish and French)

Availability Band I countries are those with a GNI per capita < USD 1,250, and these countries are entitled to free access to journals. Band II countries are those with a GNI per capita of USD 1,250–3,500, and pay an annual fee of USD 1,000 per institution to access all OARE resources. The full list of eligible countries is here.

Eligibility All public institutions and all local NGOs

To apply See this link

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