The United Nations Environment Programme (unep), Yale University, and leading science and technology publishers have launched a collaborative initiative to make global research in the environmental sciences available online at nominal cost, Online Access to Research in the Environment (oare). More than 200 publishers, societies and associations will offer one of the world's largest collections of scholarly, peer-reviewed environmental science journals to over 1,200 public and non-profit environmental institutions in more than 100 developing nations. Access for institutions in 70 low-income countries will be free. Institutions in 36 lower-middle-income countries will pay a nominal fee, all of which will be reinvested to support continued training and outreach activities in eligible countries.
"Publishers welcome this opportunity to provide access to the latest published research in 106 developing countries," said Michael Mabe, ceo of the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers. "We expect that, in turn, higher quality research will emerge from those countries, to the benefit of all of us."