Research without Borders


In 2016, The Elsevier Foundation is partnering with the African Journal Partnership Project (AJPP) to launch a second Research without Borders program (RwB). The goal of our partnership is to boost African health research and its discoverability within the global health community. We are proud to support the longstanding AJPP program which has been on the front lines of boosting the discoverability and quality of African research since 2004. AJPP pairs nine African health and medical journals with leading US and UK journals including The Lancet. This high profile mentoring program is supported by the US National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Fogarty International Center of the US National Institutes for Health and administered by the Council of Science Editors.

With a grant of $204,000 over the course of 2016–2018, our RwB volunteers will provide additional training to the nine AJPP journals in Ghana, Malawi, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, DRC, Uganda, Mali, Kenya, and Rwanda.

Publishers without Borders 2014–2015 (now Research without Borders)

Strengthening Tanzanian Publishing

In 2014, the Elsevier Foundation launched a volunteering project for Elsevier employees. “Publishers without Borders”, ran for two years and enabled eight colleagues to share their knowledge first-hand with Tanzanian scientists, librarians, research managers and publishers.
Each volunteer provided a month of training on peer review, quality control, copyright, contracts, acquisitioning, commissioning, marketing, sales, design, production, digitization, online formats, platforms and open access.


The new skills-based volunteer program formed part of the “TZAP: Strengthening Tanzanian Publishing” (#TZAP) collaboration between the Elsevier Foundation, Voluntary-Services Overseas (VSO), INASP and the Tanzanian Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH). The goal of the program is to support the development of indigenous academic and a digital publishing culture in Tanzania.

Ylann Schemm, Program Director of the Elsevier Foundation, noted that the program “will enable us to make direct contributions to Tanzania’s research culture. It also reinforces our substantial expertise and investment in research-capacity building in developing countries with the Elsevier Foundation’s Innovative Libraries program, Research4Life and BookAid International partnerships.”

Read about the project development and the volunteers’ experiences in Tanzania on Elsevier Connect:

Follow some of our volunteers personal blogs to get more insights here: