Chinese Academy of Sciences reports e-journal archiving with the Keepers Registry

March 2012

The National Science Library, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NSLC) has joined other leading archiving organisations in the Keepers Registry, the international facility which records who is looking after the world’s e-journal content.

Funded by JISC and developed by EDINA ( and the ISSN-IC (, the Keepers Registry is online at

Established in 1949, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) is a leading academic institution and comprehensive research and development centre in natural sciences, technological science and high-tech innovation in China.  The National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NSLC) is the public library service system of CAS.  NSLC functions as the key library nationally for collecting information resources and providing information services in natural sciences, inter-disciplinary fields, and high tech fields, for the researchers and students of CAS and for the researchers around the country.  Learn more at

Project Co-Directors Peter Burnhill (EDINA) and Françoise Pelle said, “We are very pleased to welcome the National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences into the Keepers Registry, as a sign of their commitment and enthusiasm to help the library community globally.”

With the Keepers Registry providing a single point of access to archiving agency metadata, the library community now has an improved understanding of who is doing what with regards to e-Journal preservation.  The Keepers Registry allows library staff to discover which publishers are participating in the NSLC archive and provides an overview of the NSLC’s preservation approach and access conditions.

Seven organizations have now registered as ‘Keepers’, including the British Library, CLOCKSS Archive, e-Depot at the Dutch national library (Koninklijke Bibliotheek), HathiTrust, the Global LOCKSS Network, and Portico.  Organizations from Canada and the UK are preparing to join.

About the Keepers Registry: The Keepers Registry Beta service provides easily accessible information about the archiving arrangements for electronic journals.  The Keepers Registry is an output of the JISC funded project, Piloting an E-Journals Preservation Registry Service (PEPRS) (, and has been jointly developed by EDINA, a national data centre based at the University of Edinburgh, and the ISSN International Centre in Paris.  Learn more at

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