Research4Life provides access to quality scientific research to deliver knowledge to the world’s low- and middle-income countries. The concept is simple: research in health, agriculture and the environment is better informed when it is based on the most recent, high quality and relevant scientific knowledge.

Both Springer and Nature were founding members of this initiative when the first programme HINARI (research in health) was launched in 2002, providing free and low-cost access to health-related research. Subsequent programmes, AGORA (research in agriculture), OARE (research in the environment), ARDI (research in development and innovation) and GOALI (legal information) provide developing countries with free or low cost access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content online.

Springer Nature list of eligible countries

Through Research4Life, Springer Nature offers free online access to all its journals to researchers operating in institutions in eligible countries.


Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, El Salvador, Guyana, Haiti, Nicaragua, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname


Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Niger, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo, Zambia, Zimbabwe


Bhutan, Cambodia, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste


Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Ukraine

Middle East

Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq, Syrian Arab Republic, West Bank and Gaza Strip

Oceania / South Atlantic

Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Saint Helena, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu

Refugee Camps (UNHCR/UNRWA recognized)