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Access to research and healthcare

Broadening access to research and health information for a sustainable future.

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Improving access to research and healthcare information

We are working with the global research and health communities to improve access to research and healthcare information. By combining our unique insights in content, data, and analytics with the networks and expertise of our partners in the research community we are working towards the future envisioned by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Working towards equity in access to research and healthcare information


As a unique public-private partnership between UN agencies, universities, and publishers, Research4Life reduces the knowledge gap with free and low cost access to critical scientific research. It aims to improve teaching, research, and policy-making in health, agriculture, the environment, and other life, physical and social sciences. Elsevier is a proud founding partner of Research4Life.

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Access for healthcare professionals & patients

Free access for patients and caregivers

Patients and caregivers can make requests for individual papers related to medicine and healthcare at no cost.

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Supporting healthcare professionals in a crisis

We partner with the US National Library of Medicine on the Emergency Access Initiative(opens in new tab/window) to provide temporary free access to full-text article to healthcare professionals, librarians, and members of the public affected by disasters. Access was triggered most recently for the Ebola crisis (2014), the Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria (2017), and the earthquakes in Mexico (2017).

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Responding to healthcare emergencies

For specific emergencies, Elsevier creates dedicated emergency resource centers which provide free access to curated, relevant research. Recent examples include our resource centers on Net Zero and the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We also gave full access to the Elsevier content on our COVID-19 Information Center for PubMed Central and other public health databases to accelerate the fight against the coronavirus.

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