Germany's researchers gain more archive information

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Ovid Technologies will provide researchers across Germany with access to scientific journal and database archives on the Ovid Gateway information search and discovery platform. German researchers also now have access to four new journal backfile packages from Elsevier.

These developments are both thanks to agreements with the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft or DFG). The deals will benefit students, faculty, and researchers at all publicly financed universities, applied universities, research groups, and independent research institutes in Germany

‘Though content currency is crucial to the research process, the significance of archive information cannot be overlooked,’ said Mark Schregardus, vice-president of international sales at Ovid. ‘The DFG is the most reliable and important source of funding for the scientific community in Germany, and we are pleased to support its efforts at providing online access to groundbreaking research from science’s most important pioneers.’

Under the agreement with Ovid, the DFG will provide German institutions and researchers with online access to three database archives and a journal collection archive. BIOSIS Archive, Zoological Record Archive, and CAB Abstracts Archive offer important bibliographic records in biology, zoology, and agricultural sciences, some dating as far back as 1864.

The new Elsevier backfiles are the Earth and Planetary Sciences; Medicine and Dentistry; Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics; and Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine packages. They take the total of Elsevier backfile packages in Germany to 14.