Springer signs agreement with the Turkish consortium TÜBİTAK ULAKBİM EKUAL

February 20, 2015

Springer and the Turkish consortium TÜBİTAK ULAKBİM EKUAL have signed a comprehensive license agreement for access to Springer's complete journal collection plus the Adis collections. The new agreement enables scientists, researchers and students from 193 academic and research institutions in Turkey to use and archive articles from 1,991 Springer journals going back to 1997. Starting 1 January 2015, the license will cover a period of three years.

For many years, Springer has been a strong partner providing valuable scientific content to all members of academic and research institutions in Turkey. ULAKBİM had previously purchased four subject collections from Springer's Online Journal Archives in the fields of computer science, environment science, humanities, and business and economy. Now thanks to this new license agreement, all 193 academic and research institutions also have access to these selected journal archives. The main users including postgraduate students, professors and instructors goes up to 475,000 but taking into account the potential use by undergraduates, the number of users could increase to more than two million.

As the access was granted in January 2015, many institutions which have benefited from this agreement have already given positive feedback, underscoring the nationwide impact. "With the SpringerLink National License Deal, Turkish academic libraries have received a significant amount of academic content which offers huge support to their budgets," said Emre Hasan Akbayrak, Associate Director of the Middle East Technical University Library in Ankara.

"We are very pleased to announce this agreement which brings a vast amount of content to users throughout Turkey. Now that this has been made available, it is key that we all work to ensure that users are aware of the access that they have. We look forward to ongoing cooperation with our partners in Turkey," said Angela Timmerman, Director Library Marketing & Account Development at Springer.

The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey TÜBİTAK is the leading agency for managing, funding and conducting research in Turkey. It was established in 1963 with a mission to advance science and technology, carry out research and support Turkish researchers. TÜBİTAK acts as an advisory agency to the Turkish government on science and research issues. The Turkish Academic Network and Information Centre TÜBİTAK ULAKBİM, in addition to nationwide information and document supply services, offers various other ways of access to academic information. TÜBİTAK EKUAL provides electronic information services, providing research institutions in Turkey with efficient and widespread access to electronic information resources of academic interest.

Springer Science+Business Media is a leading global scientific, technical and medical publisher, providing researchers in academia, scientific institutions and corporate R&D departments with quality content via innovative information products and services. Springer is also a trusted local-language publisher in Europe - especially in Germany and the Netherlands - primarily for physicians and professionals working in healthcare and road safety education. Springer published roughly 2,200 English-language journals and more than 8,400 new books in 2013, and the group is home to the world's largest STM eBook collection, as well as the most comprehensive portfolio of open access journals. In 2013, Springer Science+Business Media generated sales of approximately EUR 943 million. The group employs more than 8,000 individuals across the globe.

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