Mendeley User Analysis Shows Open Access Is Critical For Low-Income Countries

Staff Writer | Science 2.0 | November 1, 2012

The Mendeley collaboration company has published the Global Research Report (, an analysis of two million scholars' research activity in relation to economic indicators and research productivity. 

The report details the extent to which a country's GDP per capita and R&D expenditure per capita limit its researchers' access to academic papers. Developing countries face considerable challenges - to afford an additional 50 research papers for each scientist would require a ten-fold increase in R&D expenditure per capita.

The recent trend towards Open Access publishing helps researchers be able to understand and cite other works without onerous costs - and that  is a pathway towards true Open Publishing, where both access and publication are free of charge...