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As its new unified platform launches around the world, the company signs multiple new and renewed agreements with publishers

ProQuest has signed an agreement with the American Economic Association (AEA) to distribute its highly-respected journals to libraries around the world. The addition of the seven journals, including the historic American Economic Review, is part of major content expansion by ProQuest. Since the beginning of the 2011, as ProQuest launched its all-new search platform around the world, the company has steadily signed new and renewed agreements with major publishers including The Economist Intelligence Unit, Palgrave Macmillan, Slack, Cambridge University Press, Nature Publishing Group, Dow Jones, Springer, The Lancet publishing group of Elsevier, MIT Sloan and dozens more.

"ProQuest is about the best content, supported with technology that enables people to do the most with it," said Marty Kahn, CEO of ProQuest. "Our platform is setting a new standard for the research experience. Publishers want to be a part of that… they want their content discovered and used to the fullest. We're delighted to be the connecting point between the user and the publisher; our intention is to continually innovate so that connection always leads to the best, most productive, most fulfilling research experience." "We are delighted to be working with ProQuest to bring our journals to an even wider audience around the world," said Drucilla Ekwurzel, AEA Director of Publication Services. "ProQuest is a great partner and we think wider distribution of our journals only benefits us all – the researcher, the student, and the association."

The peer-reviewed journals of the AEA contain seminal research in economics in all fields of economics as well as literature reviews and current policy discussions. They include the top-ranked American Economic Review, Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of Economic Perspectives, and the four recently launched American Economic Journals: Applied Economics, Economic Policy, Macroeconomics and Microeconomics, all of which will be added to ProQuest's ABI/INFORM database, a widely-used business research resource that has undergone steady growth. Over the past two years, it's added 50% more titles and nearly doubled its active full text. A significant portion of the growth has been in economics, supporting ProQuest's strategy of building full text content that complements its abstract and index products – in this case EconLit and International Bibliography of Social Sciences (IBSS). The combination of ABI/INFORM, EconLit and IBSS offers a total of nearly 9,300 indexed resources and more than 5,000 in full text.

Distribution via ProQuest's new platform means AEA publications will be accessible in a powerful, end-to-end research experience that fuels innovation. The platform unifies all a library's ProQuest holdings in one search, streamlining and broadening discovery, enabling faster, deeper dives into multiple content sources and types. For example, users can take advantage of the precision indexing found in EconLit and IBSS and easily connect to the full text in ABI/INFORM. Further, ProQuest's patented deep indexing technology will enable discovery of content in charts and graphs, moving beyond text alone. ProQuest's Deep indexing system, which was awarded a U.S. patent in the last year, is among the platform's selection of sophisticated tools that accelerate discovery and content management, enabling users to more easily manipulate, share and even create content.

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ProQuest connects people with vetted, reliable information. Key to serious research, the company has forged a 70-year reputation as a gateway to the world's knowledge — from dissertations to governmental and cultural archives to news, in all its forms. Its role is essential to libraries and other organizations whose missions depend on the delivery of complete, trustworthy information.

ProQuest's massive information pool is accessible through the all-new ProQuest® platform, which moves beyond navigation to empower researchers to use, create, and share content—accelerating research productivity.

This energetic, fast-growing organization includes the Summon web-scale discovery service, the new ProQuest Dialog service, and business units ebrary®, Serials Solutions®, RefWorks-COS, and Bowker®.

24 June 2011

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