Access to international research continues to grow

untitledIn early 2013 SAGE joined the EIFL e-library access initiative; an international project with the aim to provide e-resources in developing countries enabling access to knowledge for education, learning, research and for sustainable livelihoods. As part of SAGE’s contribution to this partnership, discounted access to the full 2012 SAGE Premier Package, including 608 leading international peer reviewed journals, has been made available through EIFL to nations with limited access to research and resources.

Two universities involved in the EIFL eLibrary Myanmar project, Yangon University and Mandalay University, were part of the recipient groups and have found SAGE Research Methods a particular focus for expanding knowledge resources. In Myanmar very strict military rule has historically restricted liberties taken for granted in freer societies, however reforms passed in recent years have permitted Universities greater freedoms and with this a higher demand by Universities to be able to support their students with international research to help develop this. Access to digital resources and research through the e-library, as Prof Kyaw Naing, pro-rector of the University of Yangon, says marks an “important step forward and has enabled access to international academic journals that will help to raise the quality of learning in the region”.

Access to education and learning is one of the founding principles of our society, a key role of publishers’ is to be able to support access to leading research and support the young minds of our future generations. Fostering a culture of research and learning, as our founder Sara Miller McCune firmly believes, creates and supports “healthy minds and healthy cultures”, and we are delighted to be part of a scheme that hold this aim so clearly at the heart of its mission.

More details on the partnership and eligible countries can be found here and additional coverage on the partnership can be found here on the BBC News site.

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