Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) are now able to access nearly 140 years of scientific research thanks to a new deal signed in Beijing by CAS and IOP Publishing (IOP).
The new arrangement gives researchers access to content published in 2003-2007 and follows previous long-term preservation agreements signed in 2010 and the national license agreement signed with the National Science and Technology Library for the historic archive in 2008. As a result of these arrangements researchers at CAS now have access to IOP content from 1874 to the present day and keep all this data as dark archive.
Mr Zhang Xiaolin, Director, National Science Library, CAS commented: “We very much appreciated the willingness and support from IOP Publishing to cooperate with the Chinese library community to explore the appropriate arrangements on long-term digital preservation. We think that a commitment from a publisher on long-term preservation for library customers is essential to gain customer commitment on the acquisition and utilization of its content and lays a solid foundation to a mutually-beneficial strategic cooperation. We strongly believe that preservation-friendly is equal to market-friendly and user-friendly. Thus I thank everyone involved for the wise and profound decision IOP Publishing made on long-term digital preservation for the Chinese market.”
Dr Olaf Ernst, Commercial Director of IOP Publishing said: “This is an important milestone in IOP’s successful long term collaboration with the Chinese library and research community. I would like to personally thank everyone involved for their hard work to make this possible.”
Rick Liu, IOP’s Regional Manager for China said: “The long-term digital preservation arrangement and the new deal to make IOP’s recent archive content available gives invaluable assurance to our Chinese customers about their access to essential research material. I am delighted to have played a role in this arrangement and to have had the opportunity to help push the strategic cooperation between IOP Publishing and the Chinese library community into a new era.”