Supporting researchers in low- and middle-income countries


Our social mission is to disseminate research and evidence that makes an impact in the field and reaches the people where it can truly make a difference. This is the reason why supporting research and researchers in low- and middle-income countries and the Global South is a vital part of what we do.

We work closely with authors and organisations from these regions to enable their research to be published, discovered and read by researchers, practitioners and policy makers.

As a not-for-profit publisher with a focus on publishing for the Global Social Challenges, we are committed to providing research institutions in low- and middle-income countries with fair and sustainable access to our content. We are proud to work with the following organisations to do that and we are always open to suggestions on how we can further support local research initiatives.


Research4Life is the collective name for five programmes – Hinari, AGORA, OARE, ARDI and GOALI – that provide low- and middle-income countries with free or low-cost access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content online. 

We partner with Research4Life to provide access to our Bristol University Press and Policy Press journals and eBooks. Find out more here. A list of 120 eligible countries is available on the Research4Life website and institutions are accessed based on the following five factors:

Total GNI (World Bank figures)
GNI per capita (World Bank figures)
United Nations Least Developed Country (LDC) list
Human Development Index (HDI)
Healthy life Expectancy (HALE) – World Health Organization figures

Not-for-profit institutions in eligible countries can register for free or low-cost access to Bristol University Press and Policy Press journals. For further information, including how to access the journals, please visit the Research4Life website.

To access our eBooks, we partner with Oxford University Press Scholarship Online who submit our research content to the Research4Life programme on our behalf. For further details on how to access our content and a list of eligible countries, see the Oxford Academic developing countries initiative

Our definition of eligible countries and institutions is guided by the criteria outlined by Research4Life and Oxford University Press