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Russia bought the leading scientific magazines archive

“Russian authorities have bought the leading European academic magazines archive since the late 19th century. It consists of more than two million articles, which will be posted on the special website and will be available to Russian scientists”, told "National Electronic Information Consortium "(NEICON) Executive Director Alexander Kuznetsov to RIA Novosti.


"For example, you can find here the “Science” magazine from 1896 to 1996 years, “Nature” magazine from the first issue in 1870 to 2011 and the issues of one of the Cambridge magazines from the 18th century," - said Kuznetsov. Ministry of Education commissioned NEICON to implement this project of archive’s purchasing.

According to Kuznetsov, since the late 1990s, the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR), Ministry of Education and other organizations have been working to ensure the access for Russian scientists to foreign scientific periodicals, which have been broken with the Soviet Union collapse.

By 2005 it was agreed that not only the current subscription, but also the archive magazines’ purchase could be useful. "Physically, archive disks are in my safe, they are already uploaded to the server, unpacked and are going to be available for the Russian scientific and education community," - said Kuznetsov.

He explained that this access to the archive would be possible from the IP-addresses of about 500 Russian scientific and educational institutions. These are the archive receiving license terms.

Responding to a question about the purchase cost to Russian, Kuznetsov said, that the total cost was about 700 million rubles. He expressed hope that the project would be continued and other publications would appear in the access.

Source: RIA Novosti