International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications

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Delivering information
Strengthening national research publications
ICT and E-resource management training
Supporting country collaboration and networking
Research and development
Eligible countries


Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information (PERI) 

A programme to support capacity building in the research sector in developing and transitional countries by strengthening the production, access and dissemination of information & knowledge

There is an increased recognition of the vital role that information and knowledge can play in development - and of the potential of new information and communication technologies (ICTs) within this. During 1999/2000 INASP was approached by research partners and librarians in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the New Independent States to assist them in the design and implementation of a programme of complementary activities to support information production, access and dissemination utilising ICTs. Following two brainstorming workshops and a large number of country-wide discussions, the Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information (PERI) was born. 

The immediate objectives of the programme are to: 

  • facilitate the acquisition of international and local information and knowledge;
  • improve access to local research through the improved preparation, production and management of local journals;
  • provide awareness or training in the use, evaluation and management of electronic information and communication technologies (ICTs); 
  • support problem-solving of regional and local information access and dissemination challenges.

The first phase of the programme ran as a pilot from November 2000 - December 2001. A full programme began in January 2002. Countries are selected for participation in the programme using GDP and the Human Development Index - see the list of eligible countries.

The objectives are being met by five interlinked and complementary Components.

Delivering information

Goal:  ICT-enabled national access to international research findings


  •   Local research community identifies required resources
  •   INASP negotiates affordable, sustainable access licences
  •   Publishers provide low-price access to high-value content
  •   Countrywide access available to not-for-profit institutes
  •   No cost at point of use
  •   Access to over 17,000 full text journals
  •   Extensive bibliographic database information
  •   Document delivery

Full details of this component can be found on the Delivering information web pages.

Strengthening national research publications

Goal:  Improved local publication quality, visibility and sustainability


  •   National journals supported to publish
  •   Online publishing support
  •   Worldwide promotion of journals
  •   National and international workshops
  •   Study tours and publishing partnerships
  •   Print and online resources for publishers and editors

Full details of this component can be found on the Strengthening national research publications web pages.

Enhancing ICT skills

Goal:  Enhanced  capacity in using and managing electronic resources and tools


  •   In-country workshops with local facilitators
  •   Cascading methodology – training courses 'travel' south-south
  •   Modular training  materials
  •    Strengthened capacities of local trainers and facilitators
  •   Collaboration in development of materials

Full details of this component can be found on the Enhancing ICT skills  web pages.

Supporting country collaboration and networking

Goal: Stronger local mechanisms for information resource sharing


  •   National networking and consortia building

Full details of this component can be found on the Supporting country collaboration web pages.

Initiating research and development

Goal: Providing answers to regional and local information access and dissemination challenges


  •   Commission and support case studies
  •   Undertake research
  •   Pilot and evaluate new tools and techniques
  •   Support workshops to disseminate findings

Full details of this component can be found on the Research and Development web pages.

Further information on PERI is available from Sara Gwynn at