Microsoft adds support to developing-world access initiatives

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Three programmes that provide free, or almost free, access to online peer-reviewed journals for researchers in more than 100 of the world's poorest countries have been officially extended to 2015. In addition, information technology leader Microsoft has announced its support to the programmes by providing technical assistance to enhance access to online research for scientists, policy makers, and librarians in the developing world.

The HINARI (research on health), AGORA (research on agriculture) and OARE (research in the environment) programmes are supported by more than 100 STM publishers and three UN organisations (WHO, FAO and UNEP).