CSA Acquires Community of Science; Will Publish and Distribute Periodicals

Dec 20, 2005

CSA has announced it has acquired Community of Science (COS), an Internet site for the global R&D community. Community of Science, originally a spin-off of The Johns Hopkins University, was designed to facilitate the business of worldwide R&D.

It represents more than 1,300 universities, associations, and other research institutions comprising more than 480,000 scholars and researchers. COS builds Web-enabled Expertise Management and content services to connect its members with scholarly information and resources. COS services include: COS Expertise, an inventory and network of detailed, first person profiles of scientists and scholars; COS Funding Opportunities, an inventory of currently available grant information; COS Abstract Management System, an online publishing and meeting management solution for universities and professional societies; and several research literature indexes.

While maintaining users' current access to the COS products, these products will also be integrated into CSA Illumina, CSA's access platform. This year, CSA Illumina will have more than 180 million searches on 100 databases. Jeff Baer, current president of COS, will continue to lead this organization as it becomes a division of CSA. Baer will report to Matt Dunie, and the COS offices are based in Baltimore, Maryland.

CSA has also announced that, effective January 2006, CSA will publish and distribute the Ulrich's line of serials products--including Ulrich's Periodicals Directory and Magazines for Libraries, Ulrichsweb.com, Ulrich's Serials Analysis System, Ulrich's Resource Linker, and Ulrich's on Disc. CSA will be assuming responsibility for the production, development, marketing, sales, and support of these products from its sister company R.R. Bowker. The Ulrich's line of products has been a source for periodicals information since 1932. Ulrich's Periodicals Directory is a reference tool for any serials librarian, and Magazines for Libraries provides full-text reviews and recommendations as well as information, statistics, and comparative data. Ulrich's Serials Analysis System is a collection evaluation and reporting toolkit, providing analysis of libraries' periodicals and serials collections. Ulrich's Resource Linker is a link resolver that tracks approximately 80,000 electronic periodicals from more than 1,400 publishers and includes more than 630 databases and aggregator packages.