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Assisting those in need – Springer’s work with charitable organizations

The rise of the internet has done much to improve access to scientific literature yet there are still significant disparities in the ability to access this content, depending on where you happen to be located. Libraries in developed countries are, by and large, able to access the content they need – within the constraints of their budgets. For libraries in developing countries, it’s a different story, as connectivity issues, budget, political issues and more impact the extent to which they can provide their patrons with information.
As a global scientific, technical and medical publisher, Springer is aware of its role in disseminating research literature and makes a concerted effort to ensure this is accessible by libraries in nations that are still developing. We are pleased to support a number of charitable organizations and research programs which provide the technical or financial help libraries in developing nations need to gain access to essential information to improve health and lifestyle.
Some of the initiatives we support include:

Research4Life -

set up by former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Anan to improve access to research in developing countries, Research4Life works under the premise that research in health, agriculture and environment is better informed when based on the most recent information available. Information is distributed via four separate partnerships, which include:
  • HINARI (Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative) which provides access to more than 8,000 journals and 7,000 books covering biomedical and related social sciences;
  • AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture), of which Springer is a founding partner, which aims to improve food security by increasing the quality and effectiveness of agricultural research, education and training in developing countries;
  • OARE (Online Access to Research in the Environment) which supports the understanding of the natural environment; and
  • ARDI (Access to Research for Development and Innovation) which provides access to information particularly relevant for patent-issuing authorities.
    Libraries can either receive free access to content or pay a very small fee, depending on their income classification as determined by the World Bank.

INASP –

The International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications’ (INASP) seeks to improve access, production and use of research information and knowledge. The program is supported by financial contributions from its partner countries as well as the support of global publishers and other organizations that provide access to content and services at minimal cost.

Door Step School -

Door Step School operates a School on Wheels initiative which provides basic education and reading skills to underprivileged families in Pune and Mumbai. The School on Wheels is a bus kitted out as a mobile classroom, complete with teacher and teaching materials. Springer’s involvement with Door Step School began in 2007 when the organization became a partner for the volunteering segment of Springer’s Cross-Cultural Internship Program (http://www.crest-premedia.in/careers/internships). Since then, Springer has embarked on a 3-year sponsorship to pay for the running costs and activities associated with a School on Wheels bus and in 2011, we were able to donate a new bus to the scheme in celebration of the 5th anniversary of the Cross-Cultural Internship Program.

Springer Hilfsfonds awards grants –

one of our own initiatives is Springer’s Hilfsfonds awards grants. The initiative provides financial aid to victims of extreme tragedies who are unable to receive support from their country’s social welfare systems (http://www.springer.com/about+springer/company+information/social+responsibility?SGWID=1-175808-0-0-0).
In addition to ensuring access to scientific literature, Springer works with authors from developing and emerging nations to help them get their research published. We support authors through a range of activities including author days and workshops, attendance at conferences as well as our online resource, Author Academy. This site provides useful tips and detailed advice on topics such as How to publish a journal article, How to prepare a book manuscript, Peer Review, what it means to an Author and more. Resources include guides, videos, as well as support in helping authors establish a Social Media presence to increase their online profile.
But while science is global, its language is English and one of the key areas in which we provide support is helping authors write their manuscripts in English. We do this in partnership with Edanz Editing, a company that provides specialist scientific editing and related services.
If you would like to learn more about Springer’s work with charitable organizations, please visit http://www.springer.com/about+springer/what+we+do/developing+countries?SGWID=0-174104-0-0-0.
For information about our author services, please visit http://www.springer.com/authors/author+academy?SGWID=0-1739713-0-0-0.
 
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