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Acquisitions of electronic resources

TheAbes permanent grouping of orders for electronic resources contracts

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In close contact with the Couperin consortium.orgAbes has been mandated by MESRI to set up grouped orders, sign and execute contracts for the acquisition of electronic resources from the main scientific publishers.

Within the framework of this high added value activity,Abes coordinates a permanent grouping of orders covering 13 separate contracts for subscriptions to electronic resources (data February 2021) including the Elsevier journal subscription contract, carried out in close collaboration with MESRI and the consortium in the framework of a subscription in the form of a national licence by mutual funding


List of resources acquired on behalf of RSE institutions

Cairn Journals Cairn

109 establishments

2017 – 2021

CAS SciFinder, Sci Finder n CAS

35 institutions

2019 – 2021

Web of Science/InCites and associated services - Clarivate

In the process of being established


BDalloz Digital Library,, Dalloz reviews - Dalloz

80 institutions

2019 – 2021

Databases in economics and management - EBSCO

71 establishments

2020 – 2022

Journals and associated open access publishing services - EDP Sciences

66 establishments

2017 – 2021

Complete Freedom Collection, French Medical Library, Cell Press and related services - Elsevier

164 establishments

2019 – 2022

Scopus/SciVal and associated services - Elsevier

In the process of being established


Jstor Reviews - Jstor 

89 establishments

2021 – 2023

Lexis 360 -  LexisNexis 

67 establishments

2019 – 2021

OpenEdition Journals - OpenEdition 

100 establishments

2018 – 2021

Bdata bases in the humanities and social sciences - ProQuest

20 institutions

2020 – 2022

Lamyline - Wolters Kluwer

65 institutions

2020 – 2022


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The participation ofAbes in nationally licensed electronic resource acquisition programmes

Within the framework of national programmes ISTEX (2012-2018) and CollEx-Persée (2019-2022),Abes has been mandated by MESRI to acquire a vast corpus of multidisciplinary electronic resources (journals and ebooks, digitised heritage documents, databases, etc.) under national licences.

CollEx-Perforated LogoThe resources - acquired or in the process of being acquired - are selected from a collection of needs identified from the various scientific communities and from the analysis of offers from commercial publishers.

The management of access to resources as well as the valorisation of resources at the beneficiary institutions are an integral part of this mission.

Logo ISTEXThe platform ISTEX

Please note: the use of the advanced services of the ISTEX platform requires a subscription from the institutions.

More than 23 million documents from 29 corpus of scientific literature in all disciplines are available to the RHS community from the platformISTEX.

Developed and administered byInist-CNRSthe platform ISTEX offers innovative data processing services that facilitate the extraction of structured data. This data structuring is essential for carrying out certain content mining operations (TDM) or producing terminological corpora. the triple store

Opened in March 2021, the database indicates the articles and chapters of certain corpora acquired under national licences. Its content is evolving.

Searchable in SPARQL, provides RDF-modelled metadata at a fine level of granularity (articles, chapters) and in a homogeneous form, in line with Linked Open Data (LOD) principles.

The metadata are enriched with links to repositories (ORCID, IdRef).


National licences acquired (July 2020 data)

American Chemistry Society (journals)

Volumetry: 37 titles (Chemistry)

Coverage: From Origins to 2008

Brepols (magazines)

Volumetry: 45 titles (Humanities and Social Sciences)

Coverage: from 1882 to 2012

Brepols (ebooks)

Volumetry: 849 titles (Humanities and Social Sciences)

Coverage: 1962 to 2016

Brill (magazines) 

Volumetry: 220 titles (all disciplines)

Coverage: From Origins to 2012

British Medical Journal (journals)

Volumetry: 64 titles (Medicine)

Coverage: From Origins to 2013

Cambridge University Press (ebooks )

Volumetry: 110 titles (Political Science)

Coverage: 1996-2019

Cambridge University Press (journals)

Volumetry: 312 titles (all disciplines)

Coverage: from 1770 to 2010

Garnier Digital Classics (ebooks)

Contents: Grand Corpus of Dictionaries (24 dictionaries); Grand Corpus of French Grammars, Remarks and Treatises on Language (48 titles)

Cover: 14th to 20th century

De Gruyter (reviews)

Volumetry: 474 titles (all disciplines)

Coverage: From Origins to 2012

De Gruyter (French language ebooks)

Volumetry: 223 titles (Humanities and Social Sciences)

Coverage: 1965 to 2017

De Gruyter (ebooks)

Volumetry: 1291 titles (Ancient Sciences)

Coverage: 1990-2020

Droz (ebooks)

Volumetry: 578 titles from the portals "Calvin" and "Humanism and Renaissance".

Coverage: from 1863 to 2017

Duke University Press (journal)

Volumetrics: Duke Mathematical Journal

Coverage: from 1935 to 2012

Early English Books Online (EEBO)

Contents: heritage library

Volumetry: 125,000 titles

Cover: digitized version of all printed material (books, almanacs, magazines, tracts, etc.) published between 1473 and 1700 in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the British North American colonies.

EDP Sciences (journals)

Volumetry: more than 90 titles in different fields (Mathematics, Physics, Life Sciences)

Coverage: generally from origins to 2016

Elsevier (magazines)

Volumetry: more than 2,200 titles (all disciplines)

Coverage: from origins to 2001

Emerald (reviews)

Volumetry: 362 titles (Economics and Management Sciences)

Coverage: from 1898 to 2010 inclusive

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)

Contents: heritage library

Volumetry: 180,000 titles (200,000 volumes)

Cover: Printed between 1701 and 1800 in Great Britain and the British colonies.

Geological Society of London (ebooks)

Volumetry: 305 titles 

Coverage: 1964 to 2008

Institute of Physics Publishing (journals)

Volumetry: 107 titles (Physics)

Coverage: From Origins to 2012

Karger (ebooks)

Volumetry: 133 titles (Medicine)

Coverage: 2015-2019

Lavoisier (magazines)

Volumetry: 34 titles (mainly in the medical field)

Coverage: generally two-title origins (013

Nature (magazines)

Volumetry: Nature magazine and 7 other titles

Coverage: From Origins to 2012  

New Pauly Online

Contents: Reference encyclopedia in the field of Ancient Sciences (English and German version)

Digital Premium (ebooks)

Volumetry: 268 titles 

Coverage: 1962 to 2015

OpenEdition Books

Volumetry: 1,195 research books (History, Anthropology, Sociology)

Coverage: 2003 to 2017 

Oxford University Press (journals)

Volumetry: 266 titles (all disciplines)

Coverage: From Origins to 2010

The Hague Academy Course Collections (ebooks)

Volumetrics/cover: 338 course volumes of The Hague Academy of International Law (1923-2012), 15 titles of colloquia (1969-2008), 8 titles of the Centre for Studies and Research in International Law and International Relations (2000-2008), 7 titles of The Law Books of the Academy (1988-2010)

Royal Society of London (journals)

Volumetry: 29 titles (all fields)

Coverage: From Origins to 2014

Royal Society of Chemistry (journals)

Volumetry: 118 titles (Chemistry)

Coverage: From Origins to 2010

Royal Society of Chemistry (ebooks)

Volumetry: 1,200 pounds

Coverage: 1968 to 2014

Sage (magazines)

Volumetry: 748 titles (all disciplines)

Coverage: From Origins to 2009

Springer Nature (ebooks)

Volumetry: more than 38,000 titles (all fields)

Coverage: 1891 to 2013

Springer Nature (magazines)

Volumetry: more than 1,900 titles

Coverage: From Origins to 2014

Taylor & Francis (ebooks)

Volumetry: 1,494 titles (Political Science and International Relations)

Coverage: 1977 to 2012

Wiley (magazines)

Volumetry: nearly 2,200 titles

Coverage: From Origins to 2016

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Carried out by the CNRSAbes, the Couperin consortium and the University of Lorraine on behalf of the Conference of University Presidents (CPU), the "Investments for the Future" programme is a joint initiative of the CNRS, the Couperin consortium and the University of Lorraine. ISTEX - The Excellence in Scientific and Technical Information Initiative has been designed to "provide access to retrospective collections of digital scientific literature" to the entire ESR community.

Signed on 19 April 2012 by the French National Research Agency (ANR), the French State and the CNRS, and scheduled for the period 2012-2018, the agreement for the allocation of aid for the Acquisitions component of the project ISTEX amounted to 60 million euros.

to be consulted: the massive acquisition policy carried out within the framework of the ISTEX project was the subject of a report by the Inspection Générale des Bibliothèques (IGB): First impact assessment of the national licensing policy (July 2018)

ISTEXTowards innovative services for access to knowledge (February 2012), summary by Raymond Bérard, Director of the Abes

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Support plan for scientific publishing

In theMesri Marianne logo framework of the Law for a Digital Republic promulgated on October 7, 2016, and for the development of free access to scientific literature and data mining, MESRI has established a Support plan for French scientific publishing supported by a Scientific Publishing Monitoring Committee composed of representatives of the research, library and publishing communities.

Mandated by theMESRI, the administrativelyAbes carries the contracts signed with the publishers in application of the Support Plan for Scientific Publishing. These agreements, negotiated by the MESRI, the Couperin consortium and the Abes, propose innovative modalities adapted to the specificities of the offers.


The articles from the 30 journals selected from the SHS Cairn publisher's range are freely accessible via the platform since January 2019.

In addition, articles from 12 journals will be posted on the platform ISTEX in order to be integrated into the content search facility (expected to be available in 2020).


EDP Sciences 

The agreement signed with 28 journals reiterates EDP Sciences' commitment to open access through three levers:

  • Generalize CC-BY type licenses to all published articles by the end of this contract (2017-2021)  
  • encourage the gradual switch of all journals to full open access by abandoning the model combining access fees and publication fees 
  • Maintain a reasonable and sustainable Article Processing Charges (APC) pricing policy for both the ESR institutions and the publisher.

EDP Sciences is committed to the liberalization of data mining operations by providing structured formats that can be used for these operations via the ISTEX.



Involved since its creation in the promotion of open access, the OpenEdition platform currently hosts more than 450 journals, 75% of which are in immediate open access. The contract signed in 2018 provides for the transition of the remaining 25% of journals (25%) with a moving barrier to this open model, at a rate of 15 journals per year, over a period of 4 years.

Articles from 161 journals will be provided in the formats required by the platform ISTEX to be integrated into the content mining system.

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