ARDI is the latest Research4Life programme, an STM partnership with WIPO (UN World Intellectual Property Organization) to provide free or very low cost access to a range of core research technical journals and other serial publications to patent offices, higher education, and other not-for-profit institutions in more than 100 developing countries,. ARDI also has the support of the International Publishers Association.
Through ARDI, STM and WIPO are increasing resources available to patent offices and other not for profit institutions in some of the poorest countries in the world where encouraging local innovation is a key element in the development of national economies. Initially, selected publications from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute of Physics, Elsevier, Institute of Physics UK, the National Academy of Sciences, Nature Publishing Group, Oxford University Press, Royal Society of Chemistry, Sage, Springer Science + Business Media, Taylor & Francis, and Wiley-Blackwell have been made available. As other publishers join the programme, more journals and magazines will be available.