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Elsevier and the Royal Tropical Sign Institute (KIT)

KIT will Provide 150 Researchers in Least-Developed and Low-Income Countries with Access to ScienceDirect and Scopus

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Elsevier and the Royal Tropical Sign Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam announced on 26th of August the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding providing 150 researchers working in least-developed and low-income countries with access to ScienceDirect and Scopus. Elsevier and KIT’s department Information & Library Service (KIT ILS) in Amsterdam are collaborating on this unique public-private partnership to drive capacity building in information technology and management in the developing world. The new agreement will expand access for five years while sharing best practice in research and training.

“Elsevier and KIT have a long and productive relationship. The continuation of this initiative provides our partners in the South with access to a wealth of information that is directly relevant to their research. The association of the program with the Elsevier Foundation and Research4Life provides both recognition and sustainability. It is a privilege for KIT ILS to act as an intermediary in a co-operative effort that so closely matches our departmental and institutional goals,” said Hans van Hartevelt, Director of KIT Information & Library Services. Jan Donner, CEO of KIT agrees: “This is a unique project which definitely matches our institutional goals. We are very proud that we can realize this together with Elsevier as an innovative co-partner.”

“We are very happy to support the critical work that the Royal Tropical Institute is doing to drive access, usage and authorship in key developing world institutes, bringing key researchers closer to their peers and individual research communities around the world,” said David Ruth, Executive Director of the Elsevier Foundation and Senior Vice President Global Communications, Elsevier. “This carefully targeted initiative is part of our overall effort with Research4Life and the Elsevier Foundation, to provide clinicians, researchers and policymakers in the developing world with access to the information they need to address critical health and sustainability challenges.”