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hinari outline
HINARI Outline






Training material

The Health Access to Research programme (HINARI) provides free or very low cost online access to the major journals in biomedical and related social sciences to local, not-for-profit institutions in developing countries.

HINARI was launched in January 2002 for “free access” countries (Band 1).

In Jan. 2003 it was launched to “low-cost" countries (Band 2).



Country eligibility based on gross national income (GNI)per capita (World Bank figures 2006).

Band 1 countries have GNI per capita below $1250; eligible for free access.

Band 2 countries have GNI per capita between $1250 -$3500; pay a fee of $1000 per year / institution.

Lists of countries, areas and territories:

eligibility 2
Eligibility (2)

Eligible categories of institutions are:

national universities

research institutes

professional schools (medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, dentistry)

teaching hospitals

government: ministries and agencies

national medical libraries

locally based non-governmental agencies

All permanent and visiting faculty, staff members and students are entitled to access and can obtain the institutional User Name and Password.


Major Publishers

Elsevier Science




Taylor & Francis

Lippincott/Williams & Wilkins


Oxford University Press

Nature Publishing

Other science/technical/ medical publishers

  • Program Partners
    • World Health Organization – WHO
    • Yale University Library
    • International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers – STM
    • Microsoft
    • Food and Agriculture Org. – FAO
    • United Nations Environment Programme – UNEP
    • Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa
    • National Library of Medicine
    • Mann Library/Cornell University
    • Librarians Without Borders/MLA



training materials
Training Materials

logging on to hinari 1
Logging on to HINARI 1

Before logging into PubMed, we can Login to the HINARI website using the URL

logging into hinari 2
Logging into HINARI 2

You need to enter your HINARI User Name and Password in theappropriate boxes, then click on the Login button.

Note: If you do not properly sign on, you do not have access to full text articles.


Remember - if you fail to use the Login page, you have a second option on the Full text journals, databases, and other resources sub-page.

main hinari webpage
Main HINARI webpage

Once you are logged in from the main HINARI webpage, access PubMed by clicking on Search HINARI journal articles through PubMed (Medline).


The Search box on PubMed is active. Place your search statement in the box.

In this example, we enter a search for malaria infections AND Africa into the Search or query box. To execute the query, click on the Search button.


Results of the search are displayed in the main body of the page in Summary Format, 20 Items per Page andRecently Added Sort by options. This is the default setting when you complete a search.

Note the two additional filters for Free Full Text and HINARI articles. These have been created in the HINARI/PubMed searches saved in My NCBI (see module 4.5).

Of the 3562 articles, 1471 are available via the HINARI filter and 1091 with Free full text filter ( there are some overlaps).


Also note the additional hypertext link for Free article. By clicking on this link, you will be re-directed to the Abstract display and be able to access the full text.


Note theAbstract Format with20 Items per page and the Recently Added Sort by options are displayed in the Display Settings line above the abstract.

Note the Free Full Text and HINARI Filters. We now will click on the HINARI one.


After clicking on the HINARI filter in the Abstract display, a list of all the HINARI articles appears with the HINARI icon. By clicking on this icon, the full-text article will display. The Free Full Text filter will work in the same way.

Note that some articles will have both the HINARI and Free Full Text icons in the Abstract display.


We have accessed the full-text article using the HINARI icon from the Abstract display.

Note that you can download the article as a PDF or XML file or print the document.

Remember, you must be properly signed into HINARI to get access to the full-text articles.


We now view the Display Settings drop down menu for the Summary Format, 200 Items per Page andRecently Added Sort by options. To activate, click on the Apply box.


From the Send To drop down menu, we will be able to select the File, Collections, Order, Clipboard and E-mail options.


You must place check marks in the boxes to the left of the citations that you wish to send toFile, Collections, Order, Clipboard and E-mail options.

If you do not place check marks in the boxes, the entire search will be sent to the option you choose.

Note how PubMed lists the # of citations you have checked.


From the Send To drop down menu, we will click on Create File, with the Abstract andRecently Added options. This will be a document to be downloaded from your Web Browser.


The pubmed_results has displayed as a .txt file at the bottom of this web browser. We will click on the File and display it using NotePad.

Note: in other web browsers, this will display in different places.


We now view the text from a downloaded .txt file in Notepad.

You can save this file to the C:/ drive or a flash drive or a CD-Rom. Once saved, you can print the document.


From the Send To drop down menu, we have selected to E-mail a file, with the SummaryandRecently added options. This will be a document to be sent to the e-mail address you entered as the recipient.


In the green message, PubMed has noted that an E-mail has been sent to the e-mail address you entered as the recipient.


From the Send To drop down menu, we have selected to send a citations to the Clipboardoption. Note that 5 checked items will be sent to the Clipboard .


In case, we have not checked the boxes in any of the citations, the first 500 items will be added to the Clipboard.


The green message confirms that 500 items have be added to the Clipboard.Note that the Clipboard items will be lost after 8 hours.


In the Display Settings, a green Item in clipboard message is noted for all the items you have selected.

Also note the number of records that has been sent to the Clipboard .


To remove items from the Clipboard, click on Clipboard. The PubMed search will re-appear and, using the green hypertext links, you can Remove all items orRemove from clipboard individual citations. In this case, we will Remove all items.


The green message notes that 5 items have been removed from the Clipboard.

The green message notes that 500 items were deleted from the Clipboard.

This is the end of Module 4 Part 1.

There is a workbook to accompany this part of the module. The workbook will take you through a live session covering the topics included in this demonstration with working examples.

Updated 04 2010


As of April 2010, PubMed has added links to Free PubMed Central articles and Books & Documents from the NCBI Bookshelf. Besides Free Article hyperlinks, you will see Free text links to PMC articles and Books & Documents.


Returning to the initial PubMed page, we briefly will discuss the various training resources listed in the Using PubMed box. Note that the resources range from a Quick Start Guide to FAQs and numerous PubMed Tutorials. Remember that these resources are for general PubMed, not PubMed/HINARI.


We have accessed the PubMed Online Training page. There is a link to an extensive PubMed Tutorial and numerous Quick (animated) Tours on Searching PubMed, Managing Results, MeSH and MY NCBI plus Hot Topics.


From the initial PubMed page we have opened the PubMed New and Noteworthy page. This is the location for recent enhancements to PubMed and MY NCBI that often result in updates to the HINARI/PubMed training material.

This is the end of Module 4 Part 1.

There is a workbook to accompany this part of the module. It will take you through a live session covering the topics included in this demonstration with working examples.

Updated 2010 04




AuthorAID provides networking, mentoring, resources and training for researchers from developing countries. Individuals are required to register but it is free. The url is listed at the top.


We have opened the Resource Library. In English, there are 141 resources listed in the all topics category. Review the various topics listed in the drop down menu.