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Wiley-Blackwell signs new national backfile licences

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Wiley-Blackwell has completed agreements to provide access to nearly 400 journal backfiles to users in research institutions and teaching universities across Germany.

All universities and publicly-funded institutions in Germany can now provide access to most journal backfiles from Wiley-Blackwell through a nationwide licence funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). A deal struck with the Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg Frankfurt/Main provides access to 21 journal backfile collections from Wiley, up from nine collections previously available. A separate deal with the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich will provide access to the backfiles of 239 journals from Blackwell.

‘We are thrilled that these national licences will help provide the German research community access to such a critical mass of scholarly information,’ said Reed Elfenbein, vice president of sales and marketing at John Wiley & Sons. ‘Backfiles are one way that Wiley-Blackwell can work with its library partners to provide a best-in-class service that meets the challenges of serving users in a digital age.’

Key titles in the 239 backfiles from Blackwell include Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, FEMS Microbiology Letters and Journal of Advanced Nursing.