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STAR – Innovative New Access Initiative for Emerging Region Researchers

STAR – Special Terms for Authors and Researchers – is a pioneering online access scheme for individual academic and scientific authors from emerging regions of the world. This new Taylor & Francis initiative, undertaken in collaboration with our learned society, professional association, and co-publishing partners, provides one month's access to well over 1,000 leading international and regional journals. Coverage spans Arts and Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences, and Biological and Physical Sciences.

STAR’s objective is to make top scholarly content – from Anthropology to Zoology, from Economics to Environmental Studies – more accessible during the authoring process to economically constrained parts of the world and to support regional contributions to the global knowledge economy.

Specifically, STAR aims to:

  • Enable researchers to enrich findings and update references;
  • Hopefully contribute towards higher levels of article acceptance;
  • Encourage informed debate in the worldwide academic community;
  • Foster strong research activity and application.

STAR provides access to the full range of Taylor and Francis titles and imprints, complementing existing philanthropic initiatives such as Research4Life which targets specific subject areas.

STAR is currently available to researchers in Africa, in South Asia, and many parts of South East Asia. It uses an innovative voucher system – once the voucher has been downloaded it can be activated when needed, fitting in with the researcher's requirements to take advantage of free access for up to a month.

Dr David Green, Taylor & Francis Global Journals Publishing Director, said: “This programme is a further example of our strong commitment to regional publishing and to supporting academics in emerging regions by providing access to cutting-edge research and a host of publishing resources.”

Janet Remmington, Journals Editorial Director for T&F Africa, reflects: “STAR’s aim is to enhance literature searches, research experiences, and ultimately output – it will be a much used and valued gateway for authors in many parts of the world.”

Further information about the initiative and our resources for authors may be obtained from

Contact: Jessica Feinstein, Author Services Manager,