research life




Training Materials

OARE short course

OARE Short Course

July 2013

Format: PowerPoint

Size: 9.58MB

Language: English

access problems

OARE Access Problems and Solutions for Full-Text Articles (July 2013)

Format: PDF

Size: 908kB

Language: English

oare journals

SCOPUS: Searching for Scientific Articles (May 2010)

Format: PowerPoint

Size: 2.75MB

Language: English


About OARE

Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE) is led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in partnership with major publishers. The programme enables developing countries to gain access to one of the world’s largest collections of environmental science research.

Launched in October 2006, OARE has a mission to improve the quality and effectiveness of environmental science research, education and training in low-income countries. In doing so, OARE seeks to support the efforts of low income countries to achieve the following four development objectives:

  • Build the capacity of environmental professionals to manage fragile ecosystems, protect human health, and manage natural renewable resources more sustainably.
  • Build the capacity of national experts to facilitate – through their knowledge and reputation – the development of more progressive, science-driven state policies, regulatory frameworks, and governance structures.
  • Strengthen the intellectual foundation of universities so as to enable scientists to conduct scientific research on a par with peers in industrialized countries and establish their own publishing record; help faculty to better educate the next generation of leaders; and enable students to seek education in new and emerging scientific disciplines.
  • Build the capacity of local media to gather and disseminate to the public new scientific knowledge of importance to the welfare of developing nations.

Many organizations are participating in the OARE consortium. Partners providing scientific content through the program include the world's leading publishing houses and the world's most prestigious scientific societies and associations. Today, over 5710 peer-reviewed scientific journal titles owned and published by over 461 OARE partners are now available in more than 100 eligible low income countries.

Research in a wide range of disciplines is available through OARE, including Biology; Biotechnology, Genetics & Genetically Modified Species; Botany & Plant Biodiversity; Climatology, Climate Change & Meteorology; Ecology & Wildlife Conservation; Energy Conservation & Renewable Energy; Environmental Chemistry; Environmental & Natural Resource Economics; Environmental Engineering; Environmental Law, Policy & Planning; Fish & Fisheries; Forests & Forestry; Geography, Population Studies & Migration; Geology & Earth Sciences; Natural Environmental Disasters; Oceanography & Marine Biology; Pollution & Environmental Toxicology; Satellite & Remote Sensing Technologies; Soil Sciences and Desertification; Waste Management; Water, Hydrology & Wetlands; Zoology & Animal Biodiversity. OARE also provides access to important Abstract and Index Research Databases (A&I Databases), intellectual search tools that scientific and professional communities around the world use to search for articles on specific topics within thousands of scientific publications.

OARE leverages proven information and communication technologies, recent digitization of vast quantities of proprietary scientific literature, and an international public-private co-operative structure to help reduce the North-South scientific gap, an objective of both the United Nations Agenda and Millennium Development Goals (MDG's), with unparalleled efficiency and scale. 

Enabled by technology and guided by shared vision, the OARE consortium is increasing in the number and diversity of its participating organizations and in the richness of its scientific holdings. The partners encourage developing-country organizations to explore the resources available in OARE, and encourage institutions interested in joining the consortium to contact them to learn more about how they can contribute to the OARE mission and UN millennium development goals.

Discourses on OARE

Listen to some of our partners talk about OARE

  • Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP - [mp3 1.6M] 
  • James Gustave Speth, Dean of Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies - [wma 451k] 
  • Jonathan F. Fanton, President, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation - [mp3 1M] 


Institutions that would like to access full-text articles and use OARE search tools must register with OARE and receive an institutional user name and password. Upon successful completion of the registration process, all employees, staff, faculty, administrators and students of that institution should be provided the name and password so that they may access OARE resources directly. A user name and password are not required to access journal abstracts, but they are required to access the full-text articles and search tools.

  • Country and institutional eligibility
  • Register a new institution


Users can find basic guidance on how to access and use scholarly resources available through OARE in the Using OARE section of the website.

  • Browse OARE journals, databases and other resources 
  • Using OARE
  • FAQ