Name: Access to Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI)


Need to Act?

Check your institution's eligibility for this access to research 'privilege' on this page, yet doublecheck with WIPO's ARDI eligibility lists.

  • If your institution is eligible, yet it has not registered yet. Then ask your Librarian and/or Director to register for access at ARDI Request Account.
  • Your institution is eligible and it has registered already. In this case ask the username and password to your librarian and/or director.
  • Take note of this.
    • Your librarian and/or director SHOULD share the username and password with all staff, faculty, and students affiliated with your institution.
    • Be careful not to share the username and password outside your institution.


The Access to Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI) program is coordinated by the World Intellectual Property Organization together with its partners in the publishing industry with the aim to increase the availability of scientific and technical information in developing countries. By improving access to scholarly literature from diverse fields of science and technology, the ARDI program seeks to:

  • reinforce the capacity of developing countries to participate in the global knowledge economy; and
  • support researchers in developing countries in creating and developing new solutions to technical challenges faced on a local and global level.

Currently, 31 publishers provide access to over 200 journals for 107 developing countries through the ARDI program.

The Programme Partners are:


Eligibility in Least-developed Countries (Group 1)

Both academic and research institutions and intellectual property offices in least-developed countries as defined by the United Nations may apply for free access to the journals made available through the ARDI program.

These are the Group 1 countries (link to Actor Atlas page): Afghanistan Angola Bangladesh Benin Bhutan Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Central African Republic Chad Comoros Congo, Dem. Rep. Djibouti Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Ethiopia Gambia, the Guinea Guinea-Bissau Haiti Kiribati Lao PDR Lesotho Liberia Madagascar Malawi Maldives Mali Mauritania Mozambique Myanmar Nepal Niger Rwanda Samoa Sao Tome and Principe Senegal Sierra Leone Solomon Islands Somalia South Sudan1 Sudan Tanzania Timor-Leste Togo Tuvalu Uganda Vanuatu Yemen, Rep. Zambia

Eligibility in Group 2 Countries

In countries with a GNI per capita of less than US$3500 per year based on 2006 World Bank figures, only intellectual property offices can register for access to the journals for a fee of CHF 1100 per calendar year.

Intellectual property offices in Group 2 countries are entitled to a 3-month free trial.

These are the Group 2 countries (link to Actor Atlas page): Albania Algeria Armenia Azerbaijan Belarus Bolivia Bosnia and Herzegovina Bulgaria Cameroon Cape Verde Colombia Congo, Rep. Cote d'Ivoire Cuba Dominican Republic Ecuador El Salvador Fiji Georgia Ghana Guatemala Guyana Honduras Iraq Jamaica Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kosovo Kyrgyz Republic Macedonia, FYR Marshall Islands Micronesia, Fed. Sts. Moldova Mongolia Montenegro Morocco Namibia Nicaragua Nigeria Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Serbia St. Vincent and the Grenadines Suriname Swaziland Syrian Arab Republic Tajikistan Tokelau Tonga Tunisia Turkmenistan Ukraine Uzbekistan Vietnam West Bank and Gaza Zimbabwe

Emerging Economies

Institutions located in countries that no longer belong to Group 1 or 2 due to increased GNI or changes in eligibility criteria may take advantage of a grace period of two years before their eligibility for access under their former conditions expires. This grace period applies insofar as the affected institutions have already registered for access prior to the end of the calendar year in which the reclassification occurs.

Call to Action - #ACT4SDGs

  • If your institution is eligible, then it has registered.
  • The username and password password are shared with all staff, faculty, and students affiliated with your institution who want access to the journals for their study or research.
  • No one knowing the username and password shares it outside the institution.