Springer signs cooperation agreement with Indian Academy of Sciences
Berlin/Heidelberg/Bangalore, 2 October 2006
SpringerLink soon to include renowned Indian publications
Springer has signed a wide-ranging cooperation agreement with the prestigious Indian Academy of Sciences in Bangalore (IAS). From January 2007, Springer will publish, jointly with the IAS, their ten renowned journals and will provide access to their content worldwide in an online full-text database on SpringerLink, the publisher’s electronic platform. Springer will also distribute the print version of the journals outside of India. The agreement follows Springer’s moves in China, Russia and Central and Eastern Europe in 2005 to bring high-quality, non-Western scientific information to the global research community.
“This cooperation agreement provides Springer with high-quality scientific content from India and also the opportunity for developing new publishing projects,” said Rüdiger Gebauer, President, Global Publishing, after signing the agreement in Bangalore. “Via SpringerLink, our electronic platform which already has a strong presence in India, we will be a conduit for access to Indian science for the entire world. Our online expertise and global distribution networks will open the door to the world for the best articles, and guarantee their authors fast and direct communication with the international scientific community. At the same time, we are expanding Springer’s range to include even more high-ranking content from Asia.”
“We have a longer business history in India than most,” said Derk Haank, CEO of Springer Science+Business Media. “SPS, our premedia operation in Chennai, dates back many years, and our publishing arm Springer India has been growing strongly since 1999. This agreement is a further and clear commitment to ongoing investment in India, which we expect will grow rapidly in scientific content output.”
Speaking on behalf of the President of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Professor T. V. Ramakrishnan, Professor R. Narasimha welcomed the cooperation agreement and said: “The Academy looks forward to working with Springer to give its journals greater visibility internationally and promote the global dissemination of scientific work done or published in India.”
The agreement was signed on Saturday, 30 September 2006 in Bangalore, shortly before the Frankfurt Book Fair, one of the most important global publishing events. The timing is particularly appropriate since this year’s guest country is India.
The Indian Academy of Sciences was founded and registered as a society in 1934 with the aim to promote the progress and uphold the cause of science, both in pure and applied branches. The IAS strives to meet its objectives through original research and dissemination of scientific knowledge to the community via meetings, discussions, seminars, symposia and publications.
The journals covered by the agreement are: Journal of Chemical Sciences, Proceedings – Mathematical Sciences, Journal of Earth System Science, Sadhana (IAS proceedings in engineering sciences), Pramana – Journal of Physics, Journal of Biosciences, Bulletin of Materials Science, Journal of Astrophysics and Astronomy, Journal of Genetics and Resonance – Journal of Science Education.
Springer is the second-largest publisher worldwide in the science, technology, and medicine (STM) sector. Springer is part of Springer Science+Business Media, one of the world’s leading suppliers of scientific and specialist literature. The group owns 70 publishing houses, together publishing a total of 1,450 journals and more than 5,000 new books a year. The group operates in over 20 countries in Europe, the USA, and Asia, and has some 5,000 employees. In 2005, it generated annual sales of around EUR 838 million.
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