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Russian scientists gain access to Springer Nature content through national license agreement

A new landmark agreement ensures scientists at all academic and governmental scientific organizations in Russia have access to Springer Nature publications

Heidelberg | Moscow, 5 September 2018

RFBR Anniversary Logo © RFBRSpringer Nature and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) have signed a major agreement that will benefit researchers, post docs and students based at Russian research institutions. As of July 2018, Russian institutions now have access to all Springer journals, Nature and all Nature-branded journals including new launches, and the Academic journals on Palgrave Macmillan publications, Scientific American, as well as the databases SpringerMaterials and SpringerProtocols, and the mathematics abstracting and reviewing service zbMATH are also included in the deal.

Around 1600 organizations across Russia can now access Springer Nature content through this license and this is being communicated to researchers at these institutes in webinars, workshops, conference presentations and a specially dedicated landing page on the RFBR website. 

Asdaa Kotani, Vice President of Institutional Sales at Springer Nature, said: “We are proud to expand our long-term and trusted partnership with the Russian Foundation for Basic Research and ensure that our content is accessible to all researchers at Russian academic and governmental institutions. We are now working hard to raise awareness of this content availability to our contacts in the institutions, so that researchers have all the material available to them to drive research and advance discovery.”

Oleg Belyavsky, Director of the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, said: “The launch of this national subscription is a highly important step for RFBR and the Russian research and academic community. Online access to scientific resources of one of the most authoritative publishers plays an essential role in increasing Russian scientific output and overall visibility of Russian research.”

Further Information

The Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) provides targeted diversified support to leading groups of scientists. RFBR supports scientific research in all the directions of fundamental science giving the scientists freedom of choice of subjects, of methods of conducting fundamental research, and of creating research groups. RFBR provides equal opportunities to every researcher, regardless of his or her title, organisation, age, and region, to participate in the Foundation competition and in case of success to receive financial support for his or her projects. For many years RFBR has been also working on providing scientists with access to electronic scientific resources of the world’s leading publishers. The Foundation sees its mission in developing the powerful intellectual potential of Russia, which is becoming a key element in the development of the country. For more information, please, visit:

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