International Scholarly Communications Alliance broadens access to research

A new initiative aims to establish a global network to increase access to academic and research publications.

(news@biomedcentral.com)
Feb 6, 2002

WASHINGTON, DC — Eight of the world's principal research library organizations today announced the establishment of the International Scholarly Communications Alliance (ISCA). The ISCA, an initiative of research library associations in Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan, Hong Kong SAR, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, is an action-oriented global network that will collaborate with scholars and publishers to establish equitable access to scholarly and research publications.

The ISCA — whose members represent over 600 research libraries worldwide — will engage in a series of activities that focus the scholarly publishing process on the primary goals of the academic research community, advancing the discovery of new knowledge and facilitating its dissemination. Through sharing expertise on scholarly communications issues, these organizations, whose total library budgets equal over US$5 billion and which serve well over 11 million students and faculty, will be prepared to act as a unified body in creating...

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