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Heidelberg / Berlin, 20 September 2011

Springer and the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research sign license agreement

French students and researchers gain access to Springer book and journal archives on SpringerLink

Springer and the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research have signed a first national license for the acquisition of scientific, medical and technical (STM) information on the online platform SpringerLink (www.springerlink.com). The French agency ABES (Agence bibliographique de l’enseignement supérieur), a bibliographic agency for higher education in France, coordinated this agreement with Springer, assisted by the Couperin Consortium, the French national research council CNRS and other major French STM stakeholders.
Due to the cooperation of all the partners, the first contract and national license was signed on 11 July 2011 in France between ABES and Springer. The agreement covers archived articles from over 1,000 electronic journals from the first published volume up to and including 1996 (35,000 volumes or 22.3 million pages) and more than 8,500 eBooks, which are part of books series published before 2004 (an additional 2.94 million pages).
Dagmar Laging, Vice President Library Sales, Southern Europe at Springer, said, “I am delighted that all researchers and students in France will now have access to Springer’s archival material. This will bring extremely valuable information to the researchers’ desktops in all academic institutions in France. I am especially happy about the fact that Springer is the first publisher with whom an agreement of this kind could be made and would like to thank our partners at the Ministry and ABES for their constructive and supportive approach during our negotiations.”
Michel Marian, Head of the Mission for Scientific and Technical Information and Documentation Networks at the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, said, “The agreement is important because it is the first national archival license signed, providing access at the national level and particularly to the large research and academic communities.”
Agence bibliographique de l’enseignement supérieur was created in 1994 to create and manage computer systems, facilitating the bibliographic mission of universities and institutes in France. In particular, they were responsible for the creation of SUDOC, the collective French national catalogue for higher education. Since 2002, the agency has diversified into different areas including the purchasing of e-resources. It works in close collaboration with the Couperin Consortium, a network of universities, research institutions and other organizations which negotiates and arranges for the purchase of electronic library resources for its members.
Springer is a leading global scientific publisher of books and journals, delivering quality content through innovative information products and services. It publishes close to 500 academic and professional society journals. Springer is part of the publishing group Springer Science+Business Media. In the science, technology and medicine (STM) sector, the group publishes around 2,000 journals and more than 7,000 new books a year, as well as the largest STM eBook Collection worldwide. Springer has operations in about 20 countries in Europe, the USA, and Asia, and more than 5,500 employees. In 2010, it generated annual sales of around EUR 866 million.

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