Editorial and Publishing Policy Resource
Overview of access options for the Cochrane Library

Cochrane aspires to prepare and publish high-quality research aimed at informing decision-making globally and to make this available to readers via one-click access. Table 1 outlines the different ways that readers can access the Cochrane Library and particularly full text access to Cochrane Reviews in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR).

Table 1. Overview of access options for the Cochrane Library

Access option Type Detail


National ‘provision’

Free online access for residents through a national funded licence; see www.cochranelibrary.com/help/access-options-for-cochrane-library.html

  Subscriptions Institutional or personal
  Pay per view USD $38 plus VAT (if applicable)
Free Time-limited country/region access Via Evidence Aid
  One-click free access One-click free access provided by IP recognition (no individual login). Based on publisher’s annual review of eligible countries in Group A and B for the HINARI Access to Research in Health Programme (www.who.int/hinari/eligibility). 
  Access to Research through HINARI (www.who.int/hinari/en/) Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI), a partnership led by WHO. Access through a local, not-for-profit institution. Charge may apply dependent on countries' eligibility. Countries classified according to the Band 1 and Band 2 grouping, based on the gross national income per capita from the World Bank's list of low-income countries and other data.
Reduced cost International Network for the INASP/PERii (www.inasp.info) Availability of Scientific Publications' (INASP) Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information (PERii). Low-cost access provided to named research organizations in selected INASP partner countries
  Access to Research through HINARI (www.who.int/hinari/en/) See above
Open ‘Gold’ open access CDSR: see section
  ‘Green’ open access CDSR: see section
Section info
Describe change
Updated style (Cochrane and the Cochrane Library), HINARI details, and cost of PPV access.
Change date
22 September 2016