Springer and FIZ Karlsruhe set the course for the future

December 17, 2008

The scientific publisher Springer and FIZ Karlsruhe are to continue their publishing partnership on the mathematics journal/database Zentralblatt für Mathematik/Zentralblatt MATH. The new version of the editor agreement has now been signed by both contracting parties and by two further editors, the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the European Mathematical Society. This new contractual framework was necessary to ensure that this long-standing publication can provide its users with the newest technology in the digital age.

Zentralblatt für Mathematik was set up by Springer-Verlag in 1931. From the very beginning, this important journal has aimed to provide up-to-date and comprehensive information about scientific progress in mathematics and its applications. Since then, the specialist mathematical literature has been processed by experts and made available in the form of selected reviews. Zentralblatt MATH is regarded as the world's most extensive reviewing service in this discipline. It lists bibliographic entries of all publications in journals and books that have undergone the peer-review process before their original publication. Selected papers are reviewed, with a total of more than 6,100 reviewers working throughout the world. Twenty-four printed volumes are currently published every year.

In 1932, a total of only 4,432 papers was published, but in the wake of increasing digitalization, the journal has now developed into a comprehensive database (ZMATH) with more than 2.7 million entries and another 100,000 added every year. FIZ Karlsruhe recognized the opportunities offered by digitalizing content back in 1985 and ensures online access worldwide. This shift from the printed version to an online database is reflected in the new editor agreement, which guarantees that the service can be refined in line with the latest technological standards. Sophisticated search features and intelligent navigation and ranking methods take priority in the platform's future development. In the present age of information overkill, the combination of the latest technical functionalities and the high quality of the content ensures that researchers can find the relevant literature quickly and efficiently.
FIZ Karlsruhe (www.fiz-karlsruhe.de) is an experienced service partner in the information transfer and knowledge management sector for science and industry. Its activities are geared primarily to developing e-science solutions and providing an internationally unique database collection via its online service STN International. Providing information services in the mathematics and computer science sector is one of FIZ Karlsruhe's key tasks. In addition to ZMATH, these services also include the informatics portal io-port.net. FIZ Karlsruhe is a member of the Leibniz Association.

Springer (www.springer.com) is the second-largest publisher of journals in the science, technology, and medicine (STM) sector and the largest publisher of STM books. It publishes on behalf of more than 300 academic associations and professional societies. Springer is part of Springer Science+Business Media, one of the world's leading suppliers of scientific and specialist literature. The group publishes over 1,700 journals and more than 5,500 new books a year, as well as the largest STM eBook Collection worldwide. Springer has operations in over 20 countries in Europe, the USA, and Asia, and some 5,000 employees.


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