E-journals from. China: Technical and Collection Issues

Atwill, Yurong Y.
November 2005
Journal of Academic Librarianship;Nov2005, Vol. 31 Issue 6, p598
Academic Journal
The article discusses some electronic databases of Chinese journals, highlighting potential challenges facing subscribers in the English-speaking world. China has established itself as one of the rapidly developing providers of electronic resources in the past decade. China's remarkable performance in the global IT boom and the explosion of an Internet-savvy population created a formidable pool of users and, associated with this, increased demand for more readily available online resources. The three leading companies involved in the production of e-versions of Chinese journals are Tsinghua Tongfang Optical Disc Company, Chongqing VIP Information Consulting Company (VIP), and Wanfang Data Company. These companies have successfully produced a major full-text journal database and secured hundreds of subscriptions from libraries throughout China. VIP was founded in 1989 by the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China under the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, Southwest Center, in order to focus on the fields of science and engineering.


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